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Calif. Legislature Advances Bills Defying Trump Immigration Rhetoric

LM Otero / AP
 

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California’s sanctuary state measure has received the most attention, but it’s one of three related bills Democrats in the California Senate introduced after the election of President Trump. The others are also advancing.

Back in December, on the first day of the new legislative session, Senate leader Kevin de León announced these measures as a response to President Trump’s campaign rhetoric about immigrants.

“This is a salvo if you will, across the board, to make it very clear that these are the values of Californians,” de León said.

The sanctuary state bill, which would prohibit California law enforcement from working with federal immigration agents, passed the Senate last week.

But so did the two other bills: One that would ban public officials from helping the federal government compile lists of people’s religions passed without objection.

The other would create a $12 million legal fund for immigrants facing deportation. It advanced over Republican objections that it’s not the state’s responsibility to defend people in federal court.

The Assembly will take up the measures next.

Ben Bradford

State Government Reporter

As the State Government Reporter, Ben covers California politics, policy and the interaction between the two. He previously reported on local and state politics, business, energy, and environment for WFAE in Charlotte, North Carolina.  Read Full Bio