07/09/2012

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
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.

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