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California's 'anti-Arizona' immigration bill on way to governor's desk


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A California bill that would limit the extent to which local and state cops cooperate with federal immigration officials is on its way to Gov. Jerry Brown's desk after clearing a final Assembly vote.

Approved in June by the state Senate, the measure nicknamed the “anti-Arizona” bill cleared an Assembly concurrence vote this morning 48-26. Better known as the TRUST Act (it stands for “Transparency and Responsibility Using State Tools”), it has nothing to do with Arizona, but here is what the bill proposes for California:

This bill would prohibit a law enforcement official, as defined, from detaining an individual on the basis of a United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement hold after that individual becomes eligible for release from criminal custody, unless the local agency adopts a plan that meets certain requirements prior to or after compliance with the immigration hold, and, at the time that the individual becomes eligible for release from criminal custody, certain conditions are met.