Gov. Jerry Brown has signed a bill into California law that prohibits the LAPD and other local law enforcement agencies from detaining people for deportation if they are arrested for a minor crime and otherwise eligible to be released from custody. AB4 by Assemblyman Tom Ammiano, D-San Francisco, was one of eight immigration-related measures Brown signed on Saturday. The governor also approved a bill allowing lawyers to be admitted to the California bar even if they’re living in the U.S. illegally. “While Washington waffles on immigration, California’s forging ahead,” Brown said in a statement. “I’m not waiting.” Ammiano’s legislation – also known as the “Trust Act” – creates a statewide standard for how local agencies comply with the federal Se Communities program, which requires law enforcement to check the immigration status of anyone who is arrested.
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