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California Proposes “Anti-Arizona” Bill in Response to SCOTUS Ruling on SB 1070

The California State Senate has passed the California Trust Act to prevent racial profiling by police and permit local law agencies to disregard federal requests to detain nonviolent illegal immigrants for deportation.  The legislation is being called the “anti-Arizona” bill in response to the U.S. Supreme Court’s recent affirmation of Section 2(B) of Arizona’s controversial immigration law SB 1070, requiring police to check the immigration status of persons stopped or detained for other violations.

If approved by the California State Assembly, the bill would be considered the nation’s first state law seeking reform of illegal immigrant detainers.  State police would still be required to respond to requests by U.S. Customs and Immigration Enforcement officials regarding illegal immigrants who are serious or violent convicted felons.  The proposal was initially a response to the federal “Secure Communities” program, which required local and state authorities to send fingerprints of inmates to ICE where their immigration status was checked.  The program resulted in 72,000 individuals being deported with no convictions or major offenses but also resulted in approximately 3,600 U.S. citizens being wrongfully arrested.

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