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California Senate approves ‘sanctuary state’ bill

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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