Calif. Gov Jerry Brown vetoes TRUST Act Immigration Bill
California Gov. Jerry Brown on Sunday vetoed the TRUST Act, legislation that would have limited how local law enforcement implement Secure Communities, a controversial federal program through which almost 80,000 deportations have been conducted in the state.
In an eleventh hour decision, the governor said that the bill was “fatally flawed” because of the list of crimes in the bill was too narrow. The Governor pointed out that police would be barred from cooperating even when the person arrested has been convicted of certain crimes involving child abuse, drug trafficking, selling weapons and using children to sell drugs.
“I believe it is unwise to interfere with a sheriff’s discretion to comply with a detainer issued for people with these kinds of troubling criminal records,” the Democratic governor said in a signing statement.
The decision comes amid growing national attention surrounding state efforts to enforce federal immigration law, especially after the Supreme Court’s decision to partially uphold the controversial Arizona SB 1070 immigration law.
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