TRUST Act to be reintroduced 2 months after Gov. Brown vetoed it

Anibal Ortiz / KPCC

Veronica Martinez, 22, of Los Angeles are led away from the corner of Bauchet and Vignes where they were detained for unlawful assembly, Thursday, September 6, 2012 in Los Angeles Calif. A crowd of Trust Act supporters marched a short distance before stationing themselves on the corner in front of the Men's Central Jail in order to protest Sheriff Lee Baca and Secure Communities, which allows local police agencies to fingerprint and detain undocumented immigrants in jail.

A San Francisco state lawmaker plans to introduce a revised version of the TRUST Act, the measure that would restrict the ability of law enforcement agencies in California from enforcing federal immigration laws. Governor Brown vetoed the original bill in September.

San Francisco Assemblyman Tom Ammiano (D-San Francisco) intends to unveil the new Trust Act on Monday. His office has not yet said what revisions have been made.

Activists have billed the TRUST Act as an “anti-Arizona” law aimed at keeping undocumented immigrants arrested for minor offenses from being turned over to immigration officials for deportation.

The proposed law was intended to counter the federal Secure Communities program, which shares law enforcement fingerprint data with the FBI and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). It would require local police to release people who have been arrested once  bond is posted, as long as they have no serious convictions.

Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca is among the TRUST Act’s critics. He's argued that Secure Communities must be improved, but he doesn’t believe the measure is the right solution.

When Governor Brown vetoed the bill, he said it was “fatally flawed” because it barred local police from cooperating with federal authorities even when the person arrested had been convicted of child abuse, drug trafficking or selling weapons.

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