September 19, 2017

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Lawmakers Vote To Make California A 'Sanctuary State'

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Delilah Gutierrez holds a sign during a protest against President Donald Trump’s efforts to crack down on immigration in San Francisco. Marcio Jose Sanchez/AP hide caption

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California is poised to become a so-called “sanctuary state” after its legislature passed a bill Saturday that would establish new protections for people who entered the country illegally and send a clear signal of defiance against the Trump administration’s tough approach to immigration enforcement.

The “California Values Act” would forbid state and local law enforcement agencies from providing information to or acting as the deputies for federal immigration authorities. The bill also prohibits police and sheriff officers from inquiring about a person’s immigration status.

The bill was introduced just before President Trump’s inauguration and met opposition from some in California law enforcement, including many local sheriffs who lobbied Calif. Gov. Jerry Brown to intervene, as KQED‘s Scott Shafer reported.

A compromise hammered out earlier this week between Brown and California Senate President Pro Tem Kevin de León carved out exceptions to the new restrictions.

The changes allowed state and local law enforcement to communicate with federal immigration authorities if

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