California becomes ‘sanctuary state’ with law protecting immigrants from Trump:

California becomes ‘sanctuary state’ with law protecting immigrants from Trump:

New law sharply limits police, jails from cooperating with federal immigration authorities

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California Governor Jerry Brown has signed a bill sharply limiting the state’s cooperation with federal immigration authorities, continuing the liberal bastion’s campaign to defy Donald Trump’s immigration hardline.

After Mr Trump ascended to office promising to build a wall between American and Mexico, California moved to build a wall between law enforcement and Immigration and Customs Enforcement [ICE].

The state has the nation’s largest population of immigrants in the country illegally, and from the moment of Trump’s election its officials have vowed to prevent deportations. Cities and Attorney General Xavier Becerra have repeatedly sued the Trump administration over its efforts to crack down on so-called “sanctuary cities” that limit federal access to detained immigrants. The state has now enshrined that separation in law.

“These are uncertain times for undocumented Californians and their families”, Gov Brown wrote in a signing statement, “and this bill strikes a balance that will protect public safety, while bringing a measure of comfort to those families who are now living in fear every day”.

The bill Gov Brown signed bars police officers from asking suspects about their immigration status and outlaws a type of agreement that delegates immigration powers to local law enforcement. Counties will no longer be able to reserve ICE permanent desk spaces in jails.

It prohibits jails from complying with federal requests to hold onto immigrants past their release dates – a mechanism that has been ruled unconstitutional – and says they cannot notify federal authorities about planned release dates unless the suspect in question has committed a serious or violent crime. It creates a similarity high standard for transferring inmates into federal custody.

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