California's Senate passed a bill Monday night that would make the state a "sanctuary state," preventing local police from helping Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents with deportations.
The bill would also prevent police from asking about immigration status or letting immigration officials interview a person in custody. The bill passed 27-12 on a party-line vote, The Sacramento Bee reports. It now heads to the state Assembly, where Democrats have a supermajority. If it passes that, it heads to Democratic Gov. Jerry Brown's desk.
This bill makes clear that California will not become an arm of ICE.
State Senate leader Kevin de León allowed several amendments to the bill to appease law enforcement officers, including notifying the federal government 60 days before the release of an undocumented immigrant convicted of a serious felony.
De León said catering to ICE requests would "squander" California law enforcement resources.
This bill is designed to make California a sanctuary for certain dangerous criminals.
But opponents said the bill was dangerous and the amendments didn't go far enough. President Trump has threatened sanctuary cities may lose their federal funding. Republican Sen. Joel Anderson feared the bill would force ICE agents into schools, where they may deport "Dreamers." Others said the "serious felony" condition needed to include crimes like human trafficking.
SB 54 making California a sanctuary state passed senate just now 27-12.— Minister Edward Cage (@I_AmAmerica) April 4, 2017
People of California, you will regret this I guarantee.
Critics argued Californians "will regret this."
Others said they were proud of the move.