State lawmakers have moved to limit the deportation of illegal immigrants with a measure that has passed the Senate and likely faces approval in the Assembly. Dubbed the Trust Act, Assembly Bill 1081 would limit local law enforcements’ compliance with federal policy requiring them to check the immigration status of people taken into custody. AB 1081 is a first-in-the-nation measure.
In response, FAIR, the immigration reform group, has said, “The California Legislature has demonstrated, yet again, that protecting illegal aliens takes precedence over every interest in the state, including the safety and security of law abiding citizens. AB 1081 will put deportable criminals back onto the streets of communities all across California.”
This is the Legislative’s Counsel Digest, straight from the bill. “This bill would prohibit a law enforcement official, as defined, from detaining an individual on the basis of a United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement hold after that individual becomes eligible for release from criminal custody.”
If California becomes the first sanctuary state, groups such as La Raza will swiftly begin applying pressure on other states to pass similar laws.