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Gov. Brown signs 'Trust Act' prohibiting detaining undocumented for deportation in minor arrests

Sheriff's Deputy Rodriguez, an officer from the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department, guards an intersection outside the Twin Towers Correctional Facility in Los Angeles.
Sheriff's Deputy Rodriguez, an officer from the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department, guards an intersection outside the Twin Towers Correctional Facility in Los Angeles.
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Gov. Jerry Brown has signed a bill into California law that prohibits the LAPD and other 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.

AB4 by Assemblyman Tom Ammiano, D-San Francisco, was one of eight immigration-related measures Brown signed on Saturday. The governor also approved a bill allowing lawyers to be admitted to the California bar even if they're living in the U.S. illegally.

“While Washington waffles on immigration, California’s forging ahead," Brown said in a statement. “I’m not waiting.”

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Ammiano's legislation - also known as the "Trust Act" - creates a statewide standard for how local agencies comply with the federal Secure Communities program, which requires law enforcement to check the immigration status of anyone who is arrested.

The governor vetoed a similar measure last year because it did not let officials detain those convicted of crimes such as child abuse and drug trafficking, exemptions that were removed from this year's version.

Other immigration related bills that the governor signed: