California lawmakers approved a “sanctuary state” bill on Saturday that would put new restrictions on interactions between local law enforcement and federal immigration authorities, drawing the ire of federal officials who argued the legislation prioritizes politics over public safety. The bill, known as SB-54, is intended to bolster the state’s immigrant protections, which are already among the toughest in the nation.
California lawmakers on Saturday passed a “sanctuary state” bill to protect immigrants without legal residency in the U.S., part of a broader push by Democrats to counter expanded deportation orders under the Trump administration. The legislation by Sen. Kevin de León (D-Los Angeles), the most far-reaching of its kind in the country, would limit state and local law enforcement communication with federal immigration authorities, and prevent officers from questioning and holding people on immigration violations.
In what appeared to be an act of defiance against President Trump and to the dismay of many in law enforcement, California lawmakers took a significant step toward making the state a so-called “sanctuary state.”
SACRAMENTO – California State Senate President pro Tempore Kevin de León (D-Los Angeles) will be traveling to Washington, D.C. this week to discuss the economy, immigration, and foreign policy following one of the most productive legislative sessions in California history.
SACRAMENTO – The Senate President Pro Tempore of the California State Senate, Senator Kevin de León (D-Los Angeles), issued the following statement today on the historic accomplishments of the California State Senate in 2017:
“This year we set out to revitalize our crumbling infrastructure and confront the housing crisis -- issues that touch the lives of every Californian.
SACRAMENTO – Both the California State Senate and State Assembly voted this evening to pass Senate Bill 5, which represents an agreement between legislative leaders and Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. to place a roughly $4 billion general obligation bond measure on the June 2018 ballot to fund California’s parks, water and flood control infrastructure.
Bill Now Goes to Governor for His Expected Signature
SACRAMENTO – The California Senate today gave final approval to Senate Bill 54, the California Values Act, sending this closely-watched measure by Senate President pro Tempore Kevin de León (D-Los Angeles) to Governor Brown for his signature. Once signed into law and enacted, SB 54 will prevent state and local law enforcement officers and resources from being commandeered by President Trump to enforce federal immigration laws.
Package Increases Accountability, Affordability, and Accessibility of Housing in California
SACRAMENTO – The California legislature today passed fifteen a package of fifteen consequential measures aimed at tackling the state’s housing crisis; a problem that has made California home to 21 of the 30 most expensive housing markets in the nation.
At a time when homeownership in California is at its lowest point since the 1940’s, the state Senate is moving policies to fund new development, streamline approval processes, strengthen existing laws, and create more local accountability to build new housing and increase homeownership across the Golden State.
SACRAMENTO – California State Senators will hold a press conference immediately following a vote on landmark housing legislation.
When: 4:00, Friday, September 15, 2017
Where: Outside Senate Chambers