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California affordable housing bills clear Assembly

California Gov. Jerry Brown left and Senate President Pro Tem Kevin de Leon D Los Angeles

The bill was approved in the Legislature earlier Saturday and is meant to bolster immigrant protections in the state that are already among the toughest in the nation.

Friday is the last day of the California legislative session, and lawmakers are expected to vote on a "sanctuary state" bill aimed at impeding the Trump administration's efforts to deport illegal immigrants, reports the Wall Street Journal.

The bill passed the Assembly by a vote of 51-26, and then the Senate by 27-11.

Senate Bill 54, by Senate President Pro Tem Kevin de León of Los Angeles, would bar local police and sheriffs from cooperating with the federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency on deportations in most cases.

Earlier, the bill also would have prevented local and state law enforcement from relaying information to federal immigration officers unless it was about a person convicted of a violent or serious crime. "With SB 54, California will meaningfully improve state law to keep families together and communities whole-and not a moment too soon as the Trump administration continues its draconian and indiscriminate crackdown on immigrants".

California lawmakers are debating the measure as the U.S. Congress considers offering legal status to young immigrants whose parents brought them into the country illegally or overstayed their visas.

The bill prohibits law-enforcement from conducting front-line immigration enforcement but allows jail officials to notify federal agents about some people in detention. They've also approved money for legal assistance and college scholarships for people living illegally in the US, and made it harder for businesses and government agencies to disclose people's immigration status. The bill-which Wiener introduced the skeleton of mere hours after his Sacramento swearing-in last year-would essentially force California cities to approve a certain amount of new housing each year, one way or another. Negotiations between Brown and the Senate leader resulted in a final version that largely aligns with California's Trust Act, an anti-deportation law that limits the ability of local police to detain individuals on immigration holds.

"The time for political posturing is over, guys", said Assemblyman James Gallagher, R-Yuba City.

"President Trump's blatant disregard for the tradition of releasing tax returns is risky to our democracy", said California State Sen. The Republican-controlled body is seeking to bolster federal criminal and immigration law enforcement.

He says California would follow the lead of nine other states with similar restrictions.