Former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck and State Sen. Kevin de León voiced their support Monday in downtown Los Angeles for de León’s bill that would limit local and state law enforcement assistance with federal immigration action in California.
“Under Constitutional threats from a reckless Trump administration, Senate Bill 54 protects our local law enforcement and the resources that they need to keep our communities safe,” de León said at the news conference held in the Ronald Reagan State Building in downtown Los Angeles.
De León noted a recent decision by a federal judge in San Francisco who blocked President Donald Trump’s order to withhold federal funding from so-called “sanctuary cities” that don’t cooperate with federal immigration officials. But, he said, local police still need protection against “federal overreach.”
“Because we stood up to the Trump administration threat with an aggressive defense of our immigrant communities, Attorney General [Jeff] Sessions has had to narrow his definition of a sanctuary city,” de León said. “His plan to punish so-called ‘sanctuary cities’ by withholding federal grant dollars has been rejected by the court of law. Still, our local law enforcement officers are under threat of being commandeered to the president’s deportation forces. Senate Bill 54 will protect local police against federal overreach.”
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