On Sanctuary State Bill, a Compromise
California’s so-called sanctuary state legislation has moved one step closer to adoption, thanks to a key compromise reached Monday between California Senate leader Kevin de León and Gov. Jerry Brown. Under a new, watered down version of SB 54, federal immigration officials would still be able to interview people in custody but could no longer maintain a permanent presence in the jails. State prisons would be exempt from many of its provisions and the list of crimes that could facilitate interactions with ICE would also be expanded.
With the changes in place, Gov. Jerry Brown says he is now on board.
“This bill protects public safety and people who come to California to work hard and make this state a better place,” the governor said in a written statement Monday.
The changes earned mixed reviews from law enforcement agencies. The California Police Chiefs Association officially dropped its opposition to bill, taking a neutral position instead. The California State Sheriffs’ Association says it is still opposed to the legislation. The Daily News has individual reactions from the sheriffs of Los Angeles, Orange, and Riverside Counties.
SB 54 will go before the State Assembly this week.