Is California about to Become the First ‘Sanctuary State?’
The California State Senate approved Senate Bill 54 (SB 54), which aims to make California a “Sanctuary State.” SB 54 prohibits local sheriff’s deputies and local police officers, statewide, from enforcing federal immigration laws. The bill was authored by Senate President Kevin de León (D-Los Angeles) who wants people to be assured that they can call local police officers or sheriff’s deputies when needed, without having to fear being deported. Kevin de León stated:
This is about making our communities safer, not less safe… We are going to be punished or they will strike back at us? We are the great state of California. We don’t grovel or put our hand out so we can get a little budget money so we can buy a police car.
The State Senate also approved SB 6, authored by Ben Hueso (D-San Diego), which would create a $12 million state-funded program to provide people facing deportation with legal representation.
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