California Sheriffs’ Opposition to TRUST Act Demonstrates Need for TRUST Act

Sacramento – July 2, 2013

Today, the TRUST Act passed out of the Senate Public Safety Committee (vote 4-2). It now heads to the Senate floor and is expected to return to Governor Jerry Brown’s desk.

Last year, a massive coalition forged a statewide consensus in support of the legislation to prevent the “Arizonification” of California.  Consistent with federal law, the California TRUST Act would establish bright line rules to clarify the proper role for local police and sheriffs in the enforcement of federal immigration laws. 

Last year, the only organized opposition came from a vocal minority of sheriffs and from Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) itself.  Governor Brown vetoed the bill, citing technical concerns, and he pledged to sign the TRUST ACT into law “forthwith.”

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