Published: Sun, September 17, 2017
World Media | By Shelia Harmon

California Is Coming for Trump's Tax Returns

California Is Coming for Trump's Tax Returns

Brown has backed the bill and is expected to sign it into law, despite the Trump Administration rejection of sanctuary cities and states.

The changes did not mollify U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Acting Director Thomas Homan, who said the bill will deliberately destruct immigration laws and shelter criminals.

Democrats argued that the bill would heighten public safety by building trust between undocumented immigrants and police, encouraging crime victims to come forward.

"With SB 54, California will meaningfully improve state law to keep families together and communities whole-and not a moment too soon as the Trump administration continues its draconian and indiscriminate crackdown on immigrants". The amended version of the bill now heads back to the Senate for final approval and then to the Governor's desk.

More than three years ahead of the next presidential election, Donald Trump has likely already lost California and all of its 55 electoral votes as the State Assembly there has passed legislation that requires presidential candidates to release their tax returns.

Police and sheriff's officials, including jail officers, will still be able to work with federal immigration authorities if a person has been convicted of one of some 800 crimes, mostly felonies and misdemeanors that can be charged as felonies. The Sheriffs' Association is still against the bill. "The only thing this bill provides a sanctuary for is unsafe criminals", said Assemblyman James Gallagher, a Republican from Nicolaus. Brown announced his support for the measure after reaching an agreement with the de León's office earlier this week.

McGuire said the bill "helps to reestablish desperately needed transparency in the White House". Under the additions to the bill, the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation would have to develop new standards to protect people held on immigration violations, and to allow immigrant inmates to receive credits toward their sentences serviced if they undergo rehabilitation and educational programs while incarcerated.

Assemblyman David Chiu, D-San Francisco, a former criminal prosecutor, said from "first-hand experience" that fear of deportation among immigrants actually makes cities less safe.

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