According to a report by the Sacramento Bee and McClatchy, Xavier Becerra, California’s attorney general, is said to be preparing a lawsuit against the Trump administration over such threats.
The sanctuary bill, known as the California Values Act, would add a new element to the standoff.
California already curtails how police can work with immigration officials. But supporters say the new measure is needed to reinforce the division.
“The Trump administration’s immigration agenda depends on coercing local law enforcement to be their force multipliers,” said Jennie Pasquarella, director of immigrants’ rights for the A.C.L.U. of California. “This bill says that in California, ‘We are not going to be those force multipliers.’”
Some law enforcement leaders are warning about unintended consequences. A primary concern, they say, is that the bill blocks jails from telling immigration agents about inmates who have in some cases committed serious crimes.
As a result, said Cory Salzillo, legislative director of the California State Sheriffs’ Association, federal arrests of unauthorized immigrants could shift from the jails into the communities, a more volatile setting.
“They’re going to find them wherever they are,” Mr. Salzillo said. “If it’s in the jail you don’t have this potential for collateral impacts on other persons.”
On Sunday, Mr. Brown said California’s approach needed to strike a balance between people who arrived in the state illegally years ago and created productive lives, and others who had committed serious crimes.
He rejected the word “sanctuary” to describe that aim.
“As a former seminarian, I have a very clear image of the sanctuary,” he told NBC’s Chuck Todd. “It’s in a church. It conjures up medieval sanctuary places. And it says more than a specific set of legislative requirements, which the goal here is to block and not to collaborate with abuse of federal power. That’s the goal.”
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• After a yearslong legal battle, a court ruled that a billionaire landowner could not block public access to Martins Beach, south of San Francisco. [San Francisco Chronicle]
• “Jerry Brown talks a green game. So why isn’t California tougher on these polluters?” [Opinion | Los Angeles Times]
• Get lost in this visualization of California’s $183 billion budget — from taxes to spending. [CALmatters]
• In a United Nations ranking of well-being, San Jose led among American cities — with San Francisco and San Diego close behind. [Bloomberg]
• The arrest of an immigrant who had just dropped his daughter off at a Los Angeles school drew national attention. Now an appeals court has thrown out his deportation order. [Los Angeles Times]
• A man who was robbed then dragged to his death behind a car in Oakland was a musician known for his whimsical songs. [East Bay Times]
• “His clothes and his hair were on fire.” A man climbed an electrical transmission tower in Santa Rosa and got a powerful shock. [The Press Democrat]
• Why superfast trains and self-driving cars could restructure daily life: where people live, what jobs they hold, how cities expand over time. [The New York Times]
• A Berkeley start-up is tapping into the opportunities of telemedicine. So far, it has sold 6,000 digital stethoscopes. [The New York Times]
• Mark Zuckerberg has batted down rumors that he’ll run for public office. But his ambitions are grander than you think, writes Nick Bilton. [Vanity Fair]
• Google canceled a meeting because of employees’ concerns that “they may be ‘outed’ publicly for asking a question.” [The New York Times]
• Here’s a ranking of San Francisco’s five favorite restaurants. [San Francisco Business Times]
• The wait is over in Los Angeles. “Hamilton,” Lin-Manuel Miranda’s wildly popular musical, has arrived. [Los Angeles Times]
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