Despite DHS chief John Kelly’s assurance that there will not be mass deportations, some state governments are being proactive. In California, which is home to 3 million undocumented immigrants, Democrats are pushing a bill to significantly restrict local law enforcement’s cooperation with federal immigration authorities, effectively creating the country’s first sanctuary state.
Kevin de León, the son of undocumented immigrants and the leader of the California Senate, authored Senate Bill 54. “We don’t want to fight with the president, but we will defend the progressive policies, the people, and the values of California,” he told VICE News.
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