California Senate Approves TRUST Act

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- The California State Senate on Thursday approved AB 1081, California’s TRUST Act, by a vote of 21-13. Introduced by Tom Ammiano, the TRUST Act would limit detentions for deportation in local jails for individuals who do not pose a threat to public safety.

Ammiano wrote the bill to counter the federal Secure Communities program which requires local police to share fingerprint data with federal immigration authorities. Although Secure Communities purports to prioritize deportations of criminals, seven in 10 of the 72,000 Californians deported under the program have no criminal record or have only committed minor offenses.

After summer recess, the bill will head to the State Assembly for a vote, and then to the desk of Gov. Jerry Brown.