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California State Senate Passes ‘Sanctuary State’ Proposal

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California’s state senate passed a bill on Monday that would turn the Golden State into the largest “sanctuary” jurisdiction for illegal immigrants.

A Tuesday report by CNN characterized S.B. 54 as a proposal that would “limit state and local police cooperation with federal immigration authorities.” The bill passed the legislative body 27-12 in a party-line vote, with Democrats in favor and Republicans opposed.

CNN quoted from the primary sponsor of the proposed law, Kevin de León, who is the the president pro tempore of the state senate. In a statement, he labeled the bill “a rejection of President Trump‘s false and cynical portrayal of undocumented residents as a lawless community.”

De León later contended that if the bill wasn’t passed, “our precious local law enforcement resources will be squandered if police are pulled from their duties to arrest otherwise law-abiding maids, busboys, labors, mothers and fathers.”

CNN also cited an opponent of the bill, State Senator Jeff Stone, who railed against it during a floor speech: “We’re prohibiting local and state unfettered communications with federal authorities in getting many dangerous and violent felons out of our communities.”

California isn’t the first place to move a sanctuary state bill through one chamber of its legislature in 2017. The lower house of Maryland’s state legislature passed a similar bill in March. Republican Governor Larry Hogan vowed to veto the proposed law if it reached his desk.

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