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Published: Sun, October 08, 2017
Global Media | By Abel Hampton

California Governor Signs 'Sanctuary State' Bill

California Governor Signs 'Sanctuary State' Bill

California's Governor, Democrat Jerry Brown, signed the landmark legislation - Senate Bill 54 (SB54) - which grants better protections to people who are in the US without permission, including those who have committed crimes.

The California Values Act passed last month in the state Legislature and was signed by the governor among a package of 11 bills.

In no event shall state or local law enforcement agencies or school police or security departments transfer an individual to federal immigration authorities for purposes of immigration enforcement or detain an individual at the request of federal immigration authorities for purposes of immigration enforcement absent a judicial warrant.

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It was one of several immigration-focused bills that Brown signed Thursday, which was also the final day for young immigrants to renew their permits under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program that protects them from deportation.

Far from a defeat for the administration's immigration policies, this law paradoxically can serve as a template that will usher in a new era of cooperation between cities, states, and federal immigration authorities.

Some law enforcement officials say the impact of the sanctuary measure likely will be minimal because it bans immigration enforcement activities that few agencies participate in.

"SB 54 is more than just a bill - it is a moral statement about the sanctity of families, redemption, mercy, and second chances for immigrants and citizens alike", Joseph Tomás Mckellar, co-director of the advocacy group PICO California, said in a statement.

"These are uncertain times for undocumented Californians and their families", said the governor.

"Today California took a major step toward treating HIV as a public health issue, instead of treating people living with HIV as criminals", read a statement from Wiener.

We also recognize that California must do much more to embrace the humanity of all who call our state home, including Californians criminalized by racially biased systems of mass incarceration.

During a White House briefing, Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said she hoped that the President's newest immigration reforms, which are soon-to-be-announced, will force Gov. Furthermore, the law shortens the list of crimes that require jailers to notify federal authorities when an "undocumented" (illegal) alien inmate is set to be released.

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