Let’s be clear too – California doesn’t sympathise with illegal immigrants. They don’t protect their ability to attract and retain these people for humanitarian reasons as the left imply. They attract them because they are a source of cheap labour and can be easily exploited and abused. It’s essentially a modern form of slavery and California is clinging to it.
SACRAMENTO — California lawmakers on Thursday gave final approval to a bill that would place strict limits on the disclosure of a person’s immigration status in open court, continuing the sanctuary state’s rebellion against the Trump administration’s illegal immigration crackdown.
Senate Bill 785 was introduced in response to news reports of ICE agents tracking down undocumented immigrants in courthouses across the country. It takes aim at a tactic that advocates say is keeping many immigrants from testifying in court, reporting crimes or simply showing up to pay a ticket.
“This is about protecting public safety,” said Assemblywoman Gonzalez Fletcher, D-San Diego, one of the bill’s authors, in a statement Thursday. “Our criminal-justice system can’t function if witnesses or victims are afraid to testify out of fear of being deported. You should be able to testify against a murderer or rapist without fearing that you or your loved ones will be thrown out of the country as a result.”
A spokesman with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement said the agency doesn’t comment on pending legislation.
The bill, introduced last year by Sen. Scott Wiener, D-San Francisco, passed the Senate Thursday with a bipartisan vote of 31-6. Six of the 13 Senate Republicans voted for the proposal and one did not vote.
If signed by Gov. Jerry Brown, it will take effect immediately.