Local law enforcement agencies would be prohibited from detaining people for deportation if they are living in the country illegally and are arrested for a minor crime, under a bill approved by the state Senate on Monday. AB4 by Assemblyman Tom Ammiano, D-San Francisco, 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 arrested. Some local governments have detained those who are found to be in the country illegally until they can be picked up by immigration officials. "Innocent people have been deported," said Sen. Kevin de Leon, D-Los Angeles, who carried the bill in the Senate.
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