California governor agrees to immigrant protections
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) California Gov. Jerry Brown and the state Senate leader said Monday they’ve agreed to changes in proposed legislation that would further restrict interactions between law enforcement officers and federal immigration agents.
The agreement came on the same day the state sued the Trump administration over its decision to end a program that shields young immigrants from deportation.
Senate President Pro Tem Kevin de Leon, D-Los Angeles, agreed to changes demanded by Brown following fierce opposition from sheriffs and other law-enforcement officials.
The bill would still prohibit state and local police from asking about people’s immigration status or enforcing federal immigration laws.
However, following Monday’s changes, it would preserve the ability of law officers to cooperate on federal task forces as long as the task force doesn’t specifically work on immigration enforcement.
Police and jail officials would be able to notify U.S. immigration agents if they detain people with convictions for some 800 crimes, including serious felonies, battery, assault and sexual crimes.
Immigration agents would still be allowed to interview immigrants in jail, and immigration agents would not be barred from accessing state databases.
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Source:: Deseret News – U.S. & World News