California becomes ‘sanctuary state’ as governor signs bill

California becomes ‘sanctuary state’ as governor signs bill


The “sanctuary state” bill — a far-reaching proposal aimed at preventing California law enforcement officers from helping to carry out President Donald Trump’s promised crackdown on illegal immigration — has been signed into law by Gov. Jerry Brown, along with 10 other measures to protect undocumented immigrants.

“This action protects public safety and ensures hard-working people who contribute to our state are respected,” Brown said in a statement Thursday. The law takes effect Jan.1.

To many, Senate Bill 54 was the centerpiece of California’s anti-Trump resistance on immigration. It was introduced on the first day of the legislative session in December — just weeks after Trump’s election — and passed in the session’s final hours.

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