California Senate OKs Immigrant Sanctuary Bill

De Leon also stripped the bill of a provision that would have required a two-thirds vote.

A trio of researchers at Stanford University has taken a first cut at the effects of AB60, a new California law that allows undocumented immigrants to get a drivers license.

A California lawmaker opposed a bill to make the state a "sanctuary" for illegal immigrants, warning that the bill will have consequences. Kevin de León, the bill's author.

"We thought we should provide some evidence", Hainmueller said. "This is about making our communities safer, not less safe ..."

The American Civil Liberties Union, the National Day Laborer Organizing Network and other supporters said the bill would give California some of the nation's strongest anti-deportation protections. They say undocumented immigrants are a major economic boost to this state, but they're less likely to report crimes or be witnesses if they fear deportation when they contact police.

"We're prohibiting local and state unfettered communications with federal authorities in getting many risky and violent felons out of our communities", Stone said.

California's driver license policy is in part a response to Congress's inability to decide what to do about the approximately 11 million people who live in the country illegally. More than 600,000 licenses were issued to undocumented immigrants that first year of its implementation.

By now more than 800,000 unauthorized immigrants have obtained licenses in California.

"By passing this today you'll be kicking the president right in the groin, and I can imagine he's going to strike back", said Republican State Sen.

The law would also keep cannabis businesses' and customers' private information safe, as it prohibits local and state authorities from sharing personal records and documents regarding cannabis from the federal government.

The Trump administration has insisted that public safety is jeopardized when police refuse to cooperate in removing illegal immigrants who have been convicted of serious crimes.

Politicians in the sanctuary cities also defend their approach by asserting that local law enforcement dollars and resources are limited, and are better spent on local law enforcement than in helping immigration agents. Last week, the Judiciary Committee's Subcommittee on Immigration and Border Security held a hearing on restoring immigration enforcement, and the issue of sanctuary cities was discussed at length.

The critics said that having a license didnt mean a driver would have good driving skills or even the language skills needed to interpret English-language traffic signs.

They are republished from a number of sources, and are not produced by MintPress News. Jeff Stone warned of retaliation from President Donald Trump. President Trump is arguing that we should allow the undocumented immigrants to stay in America but we need to deport all the criminal undocumented aliens (ICE reports that there is 1.2 million criminal aliens at large in the U.S.).

Because these children often come from low-income families that speak a language other than English at home, they pose additional funding problems for public schools.

That was down from 62 percent in July 2015 just after the highly-publicized murder of a young woman in San Francisco by an illegal immigrant from Mexico.

Democratic Senator Scott Wiener said he's lived safely and happily for decades in San Francisco neighborhoods heavily populated with immigrants and called Trump's rhetoric risky.

California has emerged as one of the most powerful seats of resistance to conservative policies coming out of Washington since the election.

The proposal by state Sen. Scott Wiener, expressing support for the bill. Now that they have a license-and the state's assurance that police officers won't question them about their immigration status-they are less likely to be afraid.

  • Larry Hoffman