Calif. Congressional Democrats Urge Brown to Back Anti-Deportation Bill

Thursday, 15 Aug 2013 03:12 PM

By Lisa Barron

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More than two dozen members of the California congressional delegation are actively supporting state legislation that would make it harder to deport immigrants who are in the U.S. illegally.

In a letter to Gov. Jerry Brown, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and 27 other Democrats in the delegation urged him to sign the bill if it passes the legislature, The Los Angeles Times reported Wednesday.

The Transparency and Responsibility Using State Tools (TRUST) Act "establishes a bright line standard between local law enforcement and federal immigration enforcement" and would "continue California's proud tradition of being a leader on smart and sensible policies," the letter stated.

According to the Times, the bill would limit law enforcement's role in working with federal authorities to begin deportation proceedings, according to the Times.

In their letter, Pelosi and her colleagues contend that unnecessary deportations have "reduced the willingness of immigrant and non-immigrant crime victims and witnesses to cooperate with local law enforcement, and consequently has diminished public safety."

The lawmakers reportedly urged Brown to sign a previous version of the legislation last year, but he vetoed it over concerns it was too broad. It has since been amended to expand the types of crimes and misdemeanors that could lead to deportation.


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