SACRAMENTO, CA - It may soon be tougher for local officers to detain and deport immigrants who were arrested and are illegally in California.
The controversial California immigration bill, AB4, also known as the revised Trust Act, would bar local law enforcement from holding undocumented immigrants for deportation if they had no serious or violent criminal record.
Last fall, Gov. Jerry Brown vetoed a different version of the Trust Act. At that time, Brown said the legislation failed to provide a comprehensive list clearly defining what constituted a serious crime. The current version, AB4, would allow holds on those convicted of offenses such as child abuse, burglary and embezzlement, as well as those with serious or violent felony convictions.
"Under our current system, many times they cite people or arrest people who many times would not be taken to jail, who have been jailed in the past and deported," Carlos Alcala, spokesperson for Assem. Tom Ammiano, D-San Francisco, said. "What we're saying is treat everybody the same, unless they've been accused of these categories of crimes."
The California State Sheriff's Association is opposed to the bill, along with the California District Attorney's Association, which is concerned that the bill could result in the inappropriate and untimely release of potentially dangerous offenders.
The revised Trust Act bill is now on Brown's desk, who has until Oct. 13 to sign it.