President Trump may be going on full steam ahead with his immigrants' crackdown agenda but meanwhile, California has passed its sanctuary state act. In effect, this bill puts the brakes to some extent on the federal policy of taking strict action against illegal immigrants. It is believed that the bill will restrict the cooperation that California's policemen will have to extend to immigration authorities in matters relating to such immigrants.
California may face 'tragic consequences'
California's sanctuary state bill doesn't have many fans at federal government level and for the obvious reasons. The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement director has cautioned that the policy that has now been adopted by the state will result in 'tragic consequences'. He has said that the policy will impair the safety of communities in California and has accused politicians in the state of giving more importance to politics than public safety. Homan, the acting director, described the policy as a 'dangerous' one.
Legislation to be reviewed by Jerry Brown
The new policy will now be scrutinized by Gov. Jerry Brown (Dem.). Brown had said that he would support the bill after he was assured that it would be made more lenient. He agreed to back up the bill after it became clear that the cooperation of jail officials with immigration authorities would not be restricted much. As of now, the bill that has been passed prevents law enforcement authorities from questioning anyone about their immigration status. The authorities are also restricted from taking part in immigration enforcement. They cannot take on deputation as immigration agents or take people into custody with a civil immigration warrant.
Public grant money cannot be held back from sanctuary cities
Another recent judgment that has backed up California's sanctuary state policy and weakened Trump's anti-immigrant policies came in on Friday last week. A Chicago federal judge issued a ruling preventing Attorney General Sessions from holding back public grant funds from cities that do not want to toe the federal immigration policy line. A short-term injunction against withholding funds in this manner has been granted in this judgment and this injunction holds good across the nation. Thanks to this court move, grant money requests from state's cannot be turned down by the Justice Department as of now, at least until the lawsuit filed by Chicago winds to its conclusion.