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California Senate approves ‘sanctuary state’ bill

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The California Senate passed legislation this week to block state and local law enforcement agencies from cooperating with federal immigration agencies. President Pro Tem Kevin de León, a Democrat, described the bill’s passage as “a rejection of President [Donald] Trump's false and cynical portrayal of undocumented residents as a lawless community.” (Jessica Kourkounis/Getty Images)

In what some would call a clear shot across the bow of President Donald Trump’s stance on immigration, the California Senate passed a bill on Monday to limit state and local cooperation with federal immigration authorities.

Senate Bill 54, commonly referred to as “sanctuary state” legislation, would make the Golden State a safe haven for immigrants living in the U.S. illegally by barring state and local law enforcement offices from using their resources — including money, facilities, equipment, and personnel — to aid federal immigration agencies.

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