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Democratic Senate Leader De León Delays Vote On Sanctuary State Bill

Andrew Nixon / Capital Public Radio file, 2016

Democratic state Sen. Kevin De León has authored a measure that would create a new state education fund.

Andrew Nixon / Capital Public Radio file, 2016

Democratic Senate leader Kevin de León has delayed a vote on his bill that would essentially make California a sanctuary state.

The bill would ban state and local law enforcement agencies from cooperating with federal immigration authorities without a warrant.

It was originally scheduled for a hearing in the Senate Appropriations Committee, but it’s been pushed back a week until next Monday.

The senator’s office says the delay will provide more time to finalize amendments.

Several sheriffs joined Republican lawmakers Monday to speak out against the bill, arguing that it would allow dangerous criminals to re-enter society. The bill has drawn strong support from groups that advocate for immigrants and civil liberties.

Also Monday, Senate Democrats rushed through a brand-new and non-binding resolution that criticizes the Trump administration for some of its recent detentions of immigrants.

Ben Adler

Capitol Bureau Chief

Capitol Bureau Chief Ben Adler first became a public radio listener in the car on his way to preschool – though not necessarily by choice. Now, he leads Capital Public Radio’s state Capitol coverage, which airs on NPR stations across California.  Read Full Bio 

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