Another try for immigrant bill
December 3, 2012
California’s Democratically-controlled Legislature welcomes its new members today, and some lawmakers have already sprung into action. (Sacramento Bee)
Assemblymen Tom Ammiano and Luis Alejo, along with Sen. Kevin De León, all Democrats, are reintroducing the “Trust Act,” aiming to stop deportation of undocumented immigrants arrested for non-violent and minor offenses.
Gov. Jerry Brown vetoed a similar measure in September, but the bill’s sponsors said they now have corrected problems, and also the votes to override a gubernatorial veto.
Ammiano said in a statement that he “wanted to reintroduce this immediately because these policies have been hurting people every day.”
In his veto message, Brown said, “Until we have immigration reform, federal agents shouldn’t try to coerce local law enforcement officers into detaining people who’ve been picked up for minor offenses and pose no reasonable threat to their community.” But he said the original bill was “flawed” because it didn’t define “serious” or “violent” adequately. Brown now says he will consider a new bill with those issues properly addressed.