California will soon be a 'sanctuary state' for undocumented immigrants

California will soon be a 'sanctuary state' for undocumented immigrants

State legislators approved a measure early Saturday morning that would make California a sanctuary state.

More than three years ahead of the next presidential election, Donald Trump has likely already lost California and all of its 55 electoral votes as the State Assembly there has passed legislation that requires presidential candidates to release their tax returns.

California's immigration laws are considered among the friendliest in the country and the state is often referred to as a "sanctuary state".

Given Gov. Brown's scathing criticism of Trump and the state's commitment to impeding his agenda, there's a good chance he will sign the legislation.

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The bill goes now to Democratic Governor Jerry Brown for his signature. But they'll be barred from transferring immigrants to federal authorities if their rap sheet includes only minor offenses.

"Californians will not squander precious public safety dollars to tear families apart, take "Dreamers" or deport people who have helped California become the sixth largest economy in the world", de León said. "The only thing this bill provides a sanctuary for is risky criminals", said Assemblyman James Gallagher, a Republican from Nicolaus.

Earlier, the bill also would have prevented local and state law enforcement from relaying information to federal immigration officers unless it was about a person convicted of a violent or serious crime. The bill-which Wiener introduced the skeleton of mere hours after his Sacramento swearing-in last year-would essentially force California cities to approve a certain amount of new housing each year, one way or another.

It came a day after a federal judge barred the U.S. Justice Department from denying public-safety grants to so-called sanctuary cities in retaliation for limiting cooperation with the Trump administration's crackdown on illegal immigration. "It sends a very clear message to the Trump administration that in California we value inclusivity, we value diversity", De Leon said. "At a time when police data indicates that domestic violence and sexual assault reporting is plummeting among Latinos, California has a moral obligation to ensure law enforcement agents treat everyone fairly, no matter their background, what they look like, or where they are born".