California Senate Passes 'Sanctuary State' Bill

California Senate Passes 'Sanctuary State' Bill

On Monday, the California Senate gave its initial approval to a measure that prevents law enforcement from working with Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials – a move that takes it closer to becoming a sanctuary state, ABC News reports.

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The bill passed on a 27-12 vote, sending it to the state Assembly.

Senate President Pro Tem Kevin de Leon, a Democrat from Los Angeles, amended the bill, SB54, to allow state and local authorities to notify ICE agents before convicted felons of serious crimes are freed from custody.

"We will cooperate with our friends at the federal level with serious and violent felons. But we won't cooperate or lift a finger or spend a single cent when we're talking about separating children from their mothers, mothers from their children," de Leon said. "That's not who we are as a great state."

An estimated 2.3 million undocumented immigrants live in California.

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The measure won't take effect until January 1.