Lawmakers at the state Capitol spent the last nine months taking shots at immigration policies out of Washington and pledging to protect California’s undocumented community with legislation of their own.
While a few proposals fell flat in the Legislature’s final week of the year, advocates say President Donald Trump’s promise to more aggressively pursue illegal immigration created a new sense of urgency.
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“These are issues that advocacy groups have been closely looking at for many years,” said Maya Ingram, legislative attorney for the American Civil Liberties Union of California. “Federal action helped raise these issues to the forefront of everyone’s attention this year.”
Among the legislation sent to Gov. Jerry Brown were bills that would protect undocumented immigrants’ personal information, make it
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