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Bill bars CA employers from asking about applicants' criminal history

Bill bars CA employers from asking about applicants' criminal history

California lawmakers on Saturday voted in favor of a so-called "sanctuary state" bill aimed at improving protections for immigrants.

The Assembly's 49-25 vote sets up a vote in the Senate later Friday.

The bill, which was passed in the senate by a 27-11 margin and cleared the assembly 51-26, limits the ways state and local law enforcement agencies can cooperate and communicate with federal immigration officers.

The measure that passed still allows jail and prison officials to notify the federal government if they have arrested an undocumented immigrant with a felony record, and allows federal immigration officers to interview people in custody. But it now allows local police to respond to notification requests and transfers immigrants to U.S. Immigrations and Customs Enforcement if the individual has committed one of the more than 800 crimes outlined in The Trust Act. "CSSA further states that "... we can not support legislation that limits our ability to protect our communities in a symbolic attempt to impact federal law and policy".

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

California senate leader Kevin De Leon said the changes wouldn't alter the fundamental objective of the law: preventing law enforcement from aiding the Trump administration's deportation crackdown against supposedly non-violent illegal immigrants.

"This bill here today helps some of us to believe that California is a safe place for immigrants, that we are a Golden State", said Democratic Assemblyman Joaquin Arambula, the grandson of immigrants who came to California illegally.

California police chiefs dropped their opposition but sheriffs, who run jails where the biggest impacts will be felt, remain opposed. "It's going to protect the criminal at the expense of the law abiding citizen".

The exceptions created in the compromise earlier in the week were also not enough to win support from the California State Sheriffs' Association. Several bills attempt to streamline local housing approvals in different ways-and for the first time connect state production goals with local mechanisms for accelerating housing construction.

He says California would follow the lead of nine other states with similar restrictions.

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