As the state’s legislative session comes to a close Friday, lawmakers are expected to vote on a bill aimed at impeding the Trump administration’s efforts to deport illegal immigrants.
Friday is the last day of the California legislative session, and lawmakers are expected to vote on a “sanctuary state” bill aimed at impeding the Trump administration’s efforts to deport illegal immigrants, reports the Wall Street Journal. Lawmakers reached a deal on the proposal after resistance from law enforcement officials and Gov. Jerry Brown. The governor and the bill’s author, Democratic State Senate President Kevin de León, negotiated for several weeks, coming to an agreement on a final bill just days before the state’s legislative deadline. Brown sought more limited protections for immigrants than de León had wanted.
The maneuvering shows the deep political divisions over immigration as states struggle to set their own policies—even in California, a Democrat-majority state that offers an array of benefits to undocumented immigrants. Texas passed a law banning sanctuary cities, setting off suits and countersuits within the state. A federal judge has temporarily blocked the law. President Trump has moved to end an executive action, put in place by President Obama, that shields illegal immigrants brought to the U.S. by their parents as children. On Thursday, Trump said he was close to reaching a deal with congressional leaders to give that group legal status.