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What you need to know about California's 'sanctuary state' bill and how it would work:

May 19, 2017

Los Angeles Times
California state Senate leader Kevin de León introduced Senate Bill 54 on what was an unusually acrimonious first day of the 2017 legislative session, as lawmakers in both chambers were locked in bitter debate over the still newly elected President Donald Trump. 

Santa Cruz County sheriff supports “sanctuary state” bill, saying it will improve public safety:

May 10, 2017

Los Angeles Times
Santa Cruz County Sheriff Jim Hart on Wednesday became the first sheriff to endorse the so-called sanctuary state bill, which would prohibit state and local law enforcement agencies from using resources for immigration enforcement.

California today: A big swing on sanctuary cities:

April 24, 2017

The New York Times
Not long ago, California Democrats were broadly opposed to so-called sanctuary policies that limit cooperation between local police and federal immigration agents.

But times have changed.

A poll conducted by U.C. Berkeley researchers in 2015 found that attitudes on sanctuary policies transcended political affiliation: 82 percent of Republicans and 73 percent of Democrats were opposed to them.

California’s so-called “sanctuary bill” will help protect non-violent immigrants from Trump’s overreach:

April 15, 2017

Los Angeles Times
The Trump administration has embarked on a stepped-up campaign to capture and deport immigrants living in the United States illegally, even if they’ve been here for a long time, have deep roots in the community and have been law-abiding and productive members of American society.

California moves to become "sanctuary state", others to follow

April 10, 2017

The New York Times
A 42-year-old immigrant was on her way to church in Mendota, a small city in California’s Central Valley, one afternoon last month when the police stopped her because the tinted windows on her 2006 Nissan were too dark. What happened next says much about the growing conflict between states like California and the Trump administration.

Is a 'sanctuary state' constitutional?

April 7, 2017

ABC 10
Last Monday, the California Senate passed Senate President Pro Tem Kevin de León’s California Values Act, also known as the "sanctuary state" bill.

Sanctuary bill passes state Senate

April 3, 2017

Sacramento Bee
The California Senate on Monday passed a controversial “sanctuary state” bill that bars local and state law enforcement from using their resources to help federal immigration enforcement.

The 40-member body approved Senate Bill 54, introduced by Sen. President Pro Tem Kevin de León, on a 27-12, party-line vote. It now heads to the Assembly.

Hundreds Rally for California’s ‘Sanctuary State’ Bill

March 15, 2017

Fox 40
SACRAMENTO -- Not everyone marching at the Capitol Wednesday was a U.S. Citizen, but all 1,500 of them are proud Californians.

"I went through tough times myself, me and my family, when we came to the States," Mario Fuentes said.

Fuentes drove from Los Angeles to march and rally at the Capitol to share his story with state legislators. He is a former refugee from El Salvador. He fears President Donald Trump’s immigration and deportation policies will hurt families.

Not just 'bad hombres': Trump is targeting up to 8 million people for deportation

Tuesday, February 7, 2017 - 15:30

Los Angeles Times
When President Trump ordered a vast overhaul of immigration law enforcement during his first week in office, he stripped away most restrictions on who should be deported, opening the door for roundups and detentions on a scale not seen in nearly a decade.

The many ways Trump is wrong on sanctuary cities

Friday, February 3, 2017 - 16:30

Sacramento Bee
In his first-week executive order threatening to cut off federal funding from “sanctuary cities,” President Donald Trump claimed they “have caused immeasurable harm to the American people and to the very fabric of our Republic.”

Not really.

In fact, new research suggests quite the opposite – that counties that shield undocumented immigrants are generally safer and more prosperous than similar counties that cooperate with federal immigration authorities.