By Matt O'Brien
Dayton Daily News
WALNUT CREEK, Calif. — California's Legislature is poised to become the first in the nation to pass an "anti-Arizona" law instructing police to release illegal immigrants instead of handing them over to the federal government if they haven't committed serious crimes.
The law could put a Democratic state at odds with a Democratic president whose administration has counted on local-federal police partnerships to find and deport illegal immigrants with criminal records.
"We aren't usurping anything. It's a states' rights issue," said Democratic Assemblyman Tom Ammiano, the sponsor of the bill that passed the state Senate in a 21-13 vote Thursday.
Calif. aims to pass "anti-Arizona" immigration law