The best and toughest political compromises are those in which each side makes meaningful, significant concessions. The deal on the “sanctuary state” bill struck this week by Senate leader Kevin de León, D-Los Angeles, and Gov. Jerry Brown is one such compromise. The measure would limit — but not ban — help provided by state and local law enforcement agencies to federal immigration authorities.
Senate Bill 54 still has teeth. It prohibits officers and deputies from asking individuals about their immigration status, from working as de facto federal immigration agents and from accepting detainment “hold requests” from Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials. It also ends the practice of letting ICE agents have permanent space in jails.
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