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Bill Would Notify Inmates Of Immigration Rights

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(AP) - The California Senate is backing legislation requiring that people in jails be notified of their rights before they can be interviewed by federal immigration authorities.

Democratic lawmakers who approved the bill Thursday say federal policies are harming immigrant communities by tearing apart families.

AB2792 would require local law enforcement agencies to promptly notify inmates and their lawyers if immigration authorities are told of the inmate's release date. The bill also requires jail staff to tell inmates that interviews with Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents are voluntary.

The bill continues years of tangling between California and federal authorities over immigration policies.

The Senate's 26-10 vote sends the bill back to the Assembly.