Eric Holder, LAPD chief say ‘sanctuary state’ bill will restore trust between immigrants, police

June 19, 2017

Los Angeles Daily News 

Former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck and State Sen. Kevin de León voiced their support Monday in downtown Los Angeles for de León’s bill that would limit local and state law enforcement assistance with federal immigration action in California.

Senate Bill 54, named the California Values Act, was approved by the state Senate in April and is still moving through the state Assembly.

De León began by thanking Holder, Beck and others for supporting the bill, before decrying the “reckless Trump administration” for its efforts to withhold federal dollars from cities that say they won’t cooperate with federal immigration enforcement.

“Under Constitutional threats from a reckless Trump administration, Senate Bill 54 protects our local law enforcement and the resources that they need to keep our communities safe,” de León said at the news conference held in the Ronald Reagan State Building in downtown Los Angeles.

De León noted a recent decision by a federal judge in San Francisco who blocked President Donald Trump’s order to withhold federal funding from so-called “sanctuary cities” that don’t cooperate with federal immigration officials. But, he said, local police still need protection against “federal overreach.”

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