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California Affordable Housing Bills Clear Assembly, Take Aim at State's Homelessness Crisis

California Affordable Housing Bills Clear Assembly, Take Aim at State's Homelessness Crisis

Jerry Brown and the bill's author, Sen.

Los Angeles County Sheriff James McDonnell on Saturday applauded the "sanctuary state" bill just passed by the Legislature that aims to protect immigrants from federal enforcement as they leave jails, saying amendments had satisfied his earlier objections to the legislation.

The Assembly's 49-25 vote sets up a vote in the Senate later Friday.

Police and jail officials would be able to notify USA immigration agents if they detain people with convictions for some 800 crimes, including serious felonies, battery, assault and sexual crimes. "CSSA further states that "... we can not support legislation that limits our ability to protect our communities in a symbolic attempt to impact federal law and policy". The bill also prohibits police and sheriff officers from inquiring about a person's immigration status.

The majority Democratic lawmakers headed back to their districts having positioned the state in opposition to conservative policies proposed by the Republican-dominated U.S. Congress and President Donald Trump on immigration, the environment and other issues.

Immigration agents would still be allowed to interview immigrants in jail, and immigration agents would not be barred from accessing state databases.

The organization put out a release earlier this week, saying that "California's front-line law enforcement officers do not now engage in, and have no intention of engaging in, immigration enforcement in the field".

The California State Assembly passed a package of housing bills Thursday night, potentially appropriating billions for affordable housing development and rewriting the way California cities manage new development.

IL recently passed even more protective legislation that bars law enforcement from detaining immigrants exclusively for deportation, said Shiu Ming Cheer, senior staff attorney at the National Immigration Law Center.

The exceptions created in the compromise earlier in the week were also not enough to win support from the California State Sheriffs' Association. Negotiations between Brown and the Senate leader resulted in a final version that largely aligns with California's Trust Act, an anti-deportation law that limits the ability of local police to detain individuals on immigration holds.


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