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Poll: Lawmakers Send Governor Bill to Protect Illegal Immigrants

The Trust Act prohibits local cops from holding arrestees at the request of ICE in certain cases.

The State Legislature sent Gov. Jerry Brown a bill Friday that would prohibit local law enforcement from holding arrestees at the request of federal immigration authorities. 

Known as the Trust Act, AB1081 by Tom Ammiano of San Francisco makes an exception for violent and serious criminals, but was opposed by the California State Sheriffs' Association. The bill's target is a program run by the United States Immigration and Custom Enforcement called Secure Communities, which has the stated goal of prioritizing "the removal of criminal aliens, those who pose a threat to public safety, and repeat immigration violators." 

Critics of Secure Communities argue that the policy enlists local law enforcement in a process that victimizes innocent people and erodes trust with immigrant communities. 

The bill passed the Assembly floor Friday on a 48-26 vote. 

According to the "Los Angeles Times," Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca plans to defy the Trust Act if it becomes law. What do you think local law enforcement should do if Governor Brown signs the bill into law? 

Robert Livesay September 03, 2012 at 01:49 PM
Very well said Barbara Fioricia.
Robert Livesay September 03, 2012 at 01:52 PM
Sorry Barbara is should have been Fiorica. Kee Fi,
Barbara Fiorica September 04, 2012 at 06:52 AM
No problem Robert. At least you were closer than most!
Jodo September 04, 2012 at 07:45 AM
Here's a splendid idea. Repeal NAFTA and let Mexico develop its own businesses, not become a haven for corporate cartels, where they flush their darker skinned and unwanted indios into the US. My neighbor had a farm in Mexico with land and livestock and once NAFTA was passed, was forced to sell due to the rise prices and goods to run his farm. To this day, his wife is heartbroken and misses her family and country.
Regular Guy October 11, 2012 at 05:07 PM
Vetoed by Brown. LAPD then overruled the veto in Los Angeles: http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/gov-brown-vetoes-ab-1081-lapd-says-were-going-to-implement-it-anyway-172722371.html

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