California affordable housing bills clear Assembly

California affordable housing bills clear Assembly

A closely watched bill to prevent local and state police from taking part in federal immigration enforcement passed the California Assembly on the final day of the legislative session - one of its final hurdles before becoming law.

The California Assembly voted in favor of SB 54 Friday, which would prohibit law enforcement from conducting front-line immigration enforcement but allows jail officials to notify federal agents about some people in detention.

Homan says if the governor signs the legislation it will "make California communities less safe".

The legislature also passed a package of bills aimed at increasing the availability of affordable housing in the notoriously expensive state, and approved a plan for spending $1.5 billion in income from the state's cap-and-trade air quality program, which raises money by selling businesses limited rights to emit pollutants.

"With SB 54, California will meaningfully improve state law to keep families together and communities whole-and not a moment too soon as the Trump administration continues its draconian and indiscriminate crackdown on immigrants". Jerry Brown's desk doesn't go as far as the first version.

Senate President Pro Tem Kevin de Leon, D-Los Angeles, introduced SB54 shortly after Trump's election to cut off most interactions between federal immigration agents and local police and sheriff's officers. "The only thing this bill provides a sanctuary for is unsafe criminals", said Assemblyman James Gallagher, a Republican from Nicolaus.

McGuire said the bill "helps to reestablish desperately needed transparency in the White House".

The exceptions created in the compromise earlier in the week were also not enough to win support from the California State Sheriffs' Association.

Democrats noted that when immigrants trust law enforcement, they are more likely to report crimes and come forward as witnesses to crimes.

"Our overarching concern remains that limiting local law enforcement's ability to communicate and cooperate with federal law enforcement officers endangers public safety", the group said in the release.

"If California politicians pass this bill, they will be prioritizing politics over the safety and security of their constituents", Homan said in a statement this week.