Lawsuit: Did Feds Halt CA TRUST Act?

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SACRAMENTO – The California TRUST Act cleared its first hurdle Tuesday, when the act was approved by the California Assembly's Public Safety Committee. The TRUST Act (AB 4, introduced by Assemblymember Tom Ammiano) aims to limit local law enforcement's cooperation with federal immigation authorities through the Secure Communities program, which has led to the deportations of many undocumented immigrants who have no criminal records. Ammiano's bill would allow local law enforcement not to be required to hold nonviolent individuals until ICE can pick them up for possible deportation. The bill has been replicated in Massachusetts, Connecticut, and Florida.

Meanwhile, the Asian Law Caucus, one of the bill’s sponsors, filed a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit on Tuesday against Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), seeking to find out if the federal agency influenced the bill’s veto in September 2012. Despite vetoing the bill, Governor Brown expressed agreement with its goals and pledged to advance a new version “forthwith.” To date, he has not shared specific proposals with the bill’s author or advocates.

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