The TRUST Act says local police cannot turn undocumented immigrants over to Immigration and Customs Enforcement for minor crimes. Democratic Assemblyman Tom Ammiano says this will prevent immigrants from being deported for relatively minor infractions.
"California cannot afford to expend vital resources on the prolonged detention of people who pose no threat to public safety," Ammiano says." We are all safer when we foster transparency and trust, not tear it down."
Supporters of the bill say it will allow immigrants to call police without fear of being deported. But Opponents like Republican Assemblyman Tim Donnelly say the bill would undermine federal authority.
"So when we dismiss the rule of law by saying, hey it's just someone selling tamales in front of Wal-Mart, I think we really miss the point," Donnelly says. "And the point is that if we allow the law to break down at the lowest level, eventually we will have no more rule of law."
This is the second time the Assembly has passed this bill. Governor Jerry Brown vetoed a version of the bill last year because he said it defined too many crimes as "minor". Ammiano says he's open to working with Brown on a compromise this time around.