SACRAMENTO, CA - Gov. Jerry Brown has signed a bill that prohibits 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.
Assembly Bill 4, also known as the "TRUST Act," was designed to counteract an Immigration and Customs Enforcement program that critics of the program say has led to nearly 100,000 Californians classified as "dangerous criminals."
AB 4 aims to give illegal immigrants in California "protection from overzealous immigration enforcement," according to a statement from a spokesperson for the bill's sponsor, Assemblymember Tom Ammiano, D-San Francisco.
"It's a bill that both protects public safety and yet also protects immigrants who are basically living upright lives and working hard for the people," Brown told News10 Saturday.
Critics of the bill, including the California District Attorneys Association, say the bill will create a barrier between local and federal law enforcement officials. Spokesperson Mark Zahner pointed News10 to a report by the association that was heard in the Senate Rules Committee Sept. 4.
"We are concerned that this bill could result in the inappropriate and untimely release of potentially dangerous offenders," the report states. "Additionally, we fear this bill would frustrate local cooperation with federal officials who maintain exclusive province over the enforcement of immigration law."
AB 4 goes into effect Jan. 1.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.