In defiance of an executive order by US President Donald Trump, California's State Senate passes its new Immigrant Sanctuary Bill that would allow it to hold the detention of illegal US immigrants by federal law enforcement. The Bill passed the senate with a 27-12 vote against the objection and lobbying of many pro-deportation lobbyists from Washington.
According to ABC News, the SB54 bill has advanced when Senate President Pro Tem Kevin de Leon of the Democratic removed the requirement that the bill needs a two-thirds vote. However, this meant the measure would only take effect the first day of the following year on January 1, 2018.
According to the Senate President, California's Senate will cooperate with Washington "at the federal level with serious and violent felons" but the California Senate will not "cooperate or lift a finger or spend a single cent" when it comes to dividing families, especially children away from their parents.
According to CNN, the bill would disallow law enforcement from detention due to a hold request and provide a response to federal immigration enforcement's requests to be notified of any detainee's release date until it is made available. However, local agencies are allowed to transfer individuals to federal immigration authorities should they have incurred criminal cases or any form of violent felony.
Opposition against SB54 was heavy. According to Republican State Senator Jeff Stone, many "undocumented workers do not commit crime" and are great contributors to California, and so SB54 is not a helpful bill at all. He argues that "unfettered communications" with federal authorities is ceased by the bill and does not address other issues against illegal immigrants, including child abuse, trafficking and violent assault.
Republican Senator Ted Gaines said the measure does not advance the protection of American citizens. He said, "If we don't control our borders, we cease to be a nation."