SACRAMENTO — Undocumented immigrants rallied in the Capitol on Tuesday to support legislation aimed at reducing deportations, as California lawmakers continued tweaking the bill in hopes of winning Gov. Jerry Brown‘s support.
The measure (AB 4), known as the Trust Act, would limit local law enforcement from working with federal authorities to detain immigrants who are in the country illegally unless they commit certain crimes.
Assemblyman Tom Ammiano (D-San Francisco), the bill’s author, said overzealous deportations have been devastating to immigrant families.
“Communities across the state are losing trust in law enforcement and don’t want to report crimes because of [immigrants’] illegal status,” he said.
Brown vetoed a similar bill last year, saying too many criminals would be exempted from deportation.
Ammiano agreed to make changes, and the modified proposal would allow local law enforcement to work with federal authorities in a greater number of situations. A Senate committee approved the bill on Tuesday.
The assemblyman and the governor don’t yet see eye to eye on everything. For example, Ammiano’s proposal would leave more discretion in the hands of judges rather than district attorneys, according to the assemblyman’s spokesman, Carlos Alcala.
When asked if Brown supports the legislation, spokesman Evan Westrup said the administration is “continuing to work constructively with the author and other stakeholders on this important bill.”