SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Illegal immigrants arrested for minor offenses will no longer have to fear deportation if a bill approved by the state Senate becomes law.
San Francisco Democratic Assemblyman Tom Ammiano said he wrote AB1081 because a federal policy requiring local law enforcement to check the immigration status of an arrestee wastes resources and erodes trust.
It passed 21-13 Thursday on party lines and moves to the Assembly.
Under the bill, officers would only refer people convicted of serious felonies to immigration officials. They would no longer detain lower-level offenders on immigration holds.
Ammiano says the vote shows “that California cannot afford to be another Arizona.”