A state bill that would prohibit local law enforcement from detaining illegal immigrants without serious criminal records has the support of the Los Angeles City Council.
This happens while the bill in Sacramento awaits Governor Jerry Brown’s signature — and divides law enforcement officials and elected officials throughout the state.
Fourteen of 15 Los Angeles City Council members voted in support of the TRUST Act. One member was absent. Councilmen Jose Huizar and Ed Reyes rallied for the resolution.
After it passed, Reyes headed outside council chambers to speak with supporters. He said his parents came from Mexico; his father worked as a janitor and his mother cleaned houses for a living.
“So many of us living in the shadows, with fear, and it shouldn’t be like this," Reyes said. "We pay our taxes, we work hard every day, and deserve a lot better. I think you’ve made this clear through your activism for the TRUST Act, and for that, I thank you.”
State lawmakers designed the TRUST Act to counter the federal Secure Communities program that shares county jails’ fingerprint data with the FBI and federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement. The measure would require local police to release people who have been arrested once their bond is posted, as long as their criminal records carry no serious convictions.
Even if the governor signs the bill, L.A. County Sheriff Lee Baca has gone on the record opposing it.