California lawmakers are planning bills to help protect immigrants from an expected increase in immigration enforcement under President-elect Donald Trump.
Lawmakers on Monday are expected to introduce a resolution committing the state to protecting its immigrant population. They are also expected to introduce bills to provide attorneys to immigrants in deportation proceedings and help public defenders weigh the immigration consequences of criminal convictions.
The moves come as the nation's most populous state prepares for tougher immigration enforcement promised by Trump during the presidential campaign.
Immigrant advocates say state bills are also being considered to limit federal immigration enforcement and protect immigrants' information in state databases.
U.S. Census Bureau data shows California has more than 10 million foreign-born residents.
Both houses of the California legislature have Democratic supermajorities.