[Ed. – The bill was amended in the senate to allow local jurisdictions to honor detainers from ICE for violent felons. But recall that Kate Steinle’s killer was a violent felon with a long sheet, which San Francisco had every reason to be fully aware of — and yet he was released by the San Francisco authorities instead of being held for ICE pick-up. So there is zero guarantee that local law enforcement will even pay attention to whether they’ve been asked to hold violent felons for ICE.]
California lawmakers gave initial approval Monday to a measure that prevents law enforcement from cooperating with federal immigration officials, a measure that proponents said rebukes President Donald Trump for his immigration crackdown.
It makes California a statewide sanctuary for many people who are in the country illegally.
The state Senate passed the measure on a 27-12 vote, sending it to the state Assembly over the objection of opponents who said it endangers the public by shielding felons from being deported.
The bill, SB54, advanced after Senate President Pro Tem Kevin de Leon, a Democrat from Los Angeles, amended it to let state and local law enforcement notify Immigration and Customs Enforcement federal agents before convicted serious or violent felons are released from custody.
De Leon also stripped the bill of a provision that would have required a two-thirds vote. Passing the measure with a simple majority means it wouldn’t take effect until Jan. 1, while the previous version would have taken effect immediately.