TRUST Act Passes California Assembly

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SACRAMENTO -- The California Assembly today passed the TRUST Act (AB 1081) by a vote of 43 to 22.  Sponsored by Assemblymember Tom Ammiano, D-San Francisco, the bill would allow counties to opt out of participating in the controversial Secure Communities program, which requires police to share fingerprint data of all arrestees with federal immigration authorities. The bill now heads to the Senate for approval.

Today’s vote is the latest blow to the Secure Communities program. Last week, after a request by Congresswoman Lofgren, D-San Jose, and Senator Menendez, D-N.J., the Department of Homeland Security Office of the Inspector General announced that it will investigate the agency’s Secure Communities program related to misinformation provided about whether states and localities could opt out of the program and whether the program succeeds in meetings its goal of targeting serious criminals.

The governor of Illinois also moved earlier this month to cancel his state’s participation in the program and the Congressional Hispanic Committee requested a moratorium on the program from President Obama.