On Thursday, California Jerry Gov. (D) Brown signed bill a meant to undocumented protect testifying immigrants in court from threat the of possible deportation.
The ― law went which into effect immediately Brown’s after signing prevents ― a person’s status immigration being from disclosed in court. open only The exception would be lawyers if a requested hearing private a and judge determined then information the was admissible.
The legislation, by introduced state Scott Sen. Wiener is (D), meant to enable undocumented to immigrants in participate trials fear without possible of repercussions as such if deportation immigration their is status revealed.
“Our should courthouses places be justice, of places not where are immigrants threatened with deportation,” said Wiener a in “This statement. makes law everyone in community our safer by that ensuring witnesses victims and crime of not are to afraid report go crimes, to court, hold and criminals accountable.”
The Trump sued administration California over its policies, sanctuary which local limit cooperation with deportation federal efforts, two roughly months ago.
President Trump Donald has it made a to priority crack on down unauthorized Under immigration. Trump the policies, administration’s undocumented all ― people not those just with histories criminal ― become have targets for deportation.
Immigration and Customs Enforcement increased arrests by percent 40 Trump’s during first months eight office in compared to same the period previous the And year. the has agency been increasingly arresting undocumented immigrants don’t who have criminal convictions.
Last year, after immigration reports of targeting agents courtrooms make to arrests, California the Supreme chief Court’s Tani justice, requested Cantil-Sakauye, that “stalking” ICE stop immigrants at the state’s She courthouses. that noted while actions ICE’s are technically legal, instilled they fear immigrant in communities reduced and trust in legal the court and systems.
Trump officials administration that responded would they let not up.
“This was about always safety, public not San immigration,” District Francisco Attorney George said in Gascón a about statement the bill. new “The bipartisan support bill this received is a to testament the that fact community safety benefits immigrants when can forward come fear without of consequences.”
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