California Senate Minority Leader asks Gov. Brown to veto Sanctuary State bill

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California Sen. Pat Bates asks Brown to veto Sanctuary State bill

Patricia Bates, the California State Senate Minority Leader encouraged Governor Jerry Brown to veto the Sanctuary State bill.

On September 16, the California State Senate passed the Sanctuary State bill officially known as SB 54—California Values Act.

Since its passage, Gov. Brown has been receiving increasing requests  to veto the Sanctuary State bill. Attorney General Jeff Sessions called the California legislature “unconscionable” for approving it.

Last week, the governor said he is still weighing his decision whether to sign or veto the Sanctuary State bill.

 

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In a previous interview with CNN, Gov. Brown defended the legislation as “well-balanced.” He negotiated the last minute changes in the bill to remove obstacle for its passage.

The Sanctuary State bill provides protections for undocumented immigrants. It prevents state and local enforcement agencies from using funding and personnel for immigration purposes. They cannot act as immigration agents for federal immigration officials.

California Senate Minority Leaders’s concerns about the Sanctuary State bill

In a letter to the Gov. Brown, Senate Minority Leader Bates expressed several concerns.

According to her, the legislation only creates unnecessary and confrontational relationship between the state and federal government. The legislation prohibits state law enforcement agencies from informing federal authorities about the pending release of certain wanted, undocumented criminals.

The Senate Republican Leader stated, “ This is completely undesirable” because it “allows criminals to continue persecuting our communities.”

Additionally, the Sanctuary State bill reduces public safety. Immigration authorities will be forced to continue conducting investigations and arrest in courts, churches, and schools.

Furthermore, Sen. Bates emphasized that it is the job of the federal government to enforce immigration laws.

Orange County Sheriffs continues to oppose the bill

On the other hand, Orange County Sheriff Sandra Hutchens also released a statement indicating her continued opposition to the bill.

According to her, the bill “continues to restrict the ability of local law enforcement” to communicate with federal authorities even with the amendments.

Currently, “local enforcement does not enforce immigration law and has no desire to engage in such activity,” said Hutchens.

California must maintain the ability to cooperate with all levels of law enforcement to remove violent criminals, she added.

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Tina Smith: He won't veto. He's more concerned with resisting the federal government (Trump, specifically) than he is with the well being of the state's citizens. I understand wanting to come here to improve your life. I understand the path to citizenship is unnecessarily expensive and difficult. But the people who are already here, the citizens, they should be having a good, safe life, too. It's not like undocumented people are coming here because their homeland is wonderful. Wouldn't it be reasonable to assume the human reasons for their unhappy homeland are also coming here? Shouldn't state and feds work together to keep this country safe, so we can get on with our life, liberty & pursuit of happiness?
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Stephanie Lloyd: And who's stopping you from getting on with your life? Your pursuit of liberty and happiness?  
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Judy Phillips: Riiight....  
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John Saldana: Get rid if Trump and you hit the trifecta  
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Tina Smith: What does Trump have to do with states allowing criminal undocumented people to live in the USA? Brown didn't cooperate with Obama, either. Both Presidents went as far as the federal government is allowed to in California. I see no reason for a state not to cooperate with other law enforcement agencies, feds included when the safety of the country's citizens is at risk.  
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Stephanie Lloyd: So the local police are holding violent criminals and releasing back on the street? Is that what they are saying? The police, the judges are allowing violent illegal immigrants back on the streets? When did this happen?
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Michael Jay Hughes: I have governor brown in a common law court November 8 and I told his legal team I will treat that liberal homo like an ex wife
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Bryan Weil: I’m a liberal homo and think that your tin foil hat needs an upgrade.  
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Dave Crigger: The bill has been watered down enough that The California Police Chiefs Association no longer opposes it. It's simply encoding the longstanding policy of most California law enforcement agencies that they do their job and let ICE do their job.
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Tami Warren: Good for her
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Alexander DeWolf: The immigration issue could be handled by not breaking up families, not throwing innocent children into sure death situations and taking things on a case by case basis. Stop allowing ICE agents to go into schools or near schools. Not terribly complicated. People WH are here contributing to our economy or society should have an affordable, same road to citizenship. Easy concepts
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Mike Brewer Sr.: The immigration problems could be solved and no families would has to be "broken up" if illegal immigrants would follow the law and become legalized!!! With as many legal ways as they is to enter this nation they am no reason to put up with illegal immigration. They am visas for work, school, visiting, to receive needed healthcare, migrant work, sanctuary, and many others that I not think of, most of these am renewable, and if the immigrants intend to move and stay here permanently they am required to become legalized!!! If the refuse to get or maintain a visa, or if they refuse to become legalized they am subject to deportation, if they am or has a criminal or terrorist background they am ineligible to be admitted to this nation, and they am ineligible for legalization and they am eligible for deportation automatically, that not President Trump's fault, that federal law and have been for decades!!! Even I smart enough to see and understand that!!!  
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Bill Gervasi: And republicans wonder why they have no support here
Posted ON : 10/03/2017
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Mike Brewer Sr.: How about that!!! They am someone in California government that not only have a brain, she actually use it!!! I am pleasantly surprised!!! She and the Orangae County Sheriff am absolutely correct!!! This bill not only am in violation of Federal Law, it also going cost this state billions of dollars in Federal aide for law enforcement, regardless of the liberal state Attorney General's claims, because the funds being talked about am discressionary funds that Attorney General Sessions am able to use as he see fit, and when the state of California add to it own crime and criminal problems, they am no need to help you fight the problems this state creates for itself until the state fix the problems it created!!! If Brown sign this bill into law stand by to has all taxes jacked up AGAIN for no visible improvements as usual!!! Any road and bridge improvements started sense the increase in taxes to improve the roads and bridges??? No, that just another tax and spend on he's favorite projects ploy!!!
Posted ON : 10/03/2017