Calif. aims to pass "anti-Arizona" immigration law
Legislature will vote in August on a law instructing police to release illegal immigrants instead of handing them over to the federal government if they haven't committed serious crimes
By Matt O'Brien
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.
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