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California Legislature Passes Anti-Detention Bill

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The California legislature has passed a bill that bars local law enforcement officials from detaining immigrants on federal deportation holds after they're released from criminal custody. The bar wouldn't apply to those who have committed serious felonies. The bill is now going to Governor Brown where it is expected to pass.

The legislature is about to consider bills allowing deferred action beneficiaries to get driver's licenses as well as another to provide work permits to undocumented agricultural workers.

Incidentally, California Democrats hold both US Senator seats, every statewide office including the Governor's office, 34 of 53 seats in the US House of Representatives, 25 of 40 seats in the State Senate, 53 of 80 seats in the State Assembly, Mayors in every large city except San Diego and no Republican has won the state's electoral votes since 1988. See a connection, Republicans?

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    Sponsor: Assemblyman V. Manuel Perez, D-Coachella

    Description: Bipartisan bill would set up a "working group" to develop a program to distribute state work permits to undocumented farm and service workers

    This bill would require the Employment Development Department and
    the Department of Food and Agriculture to convene a working group to
    consult with the United States Department of Homeland Security and
    the United States Department of Justice in order to determine the
    legal roles and responsibilities of federal and state agencies in
    implementing a program to provide undocumented persons who are
    agricultural or service industry employees with a permit to work and
    live in California.


    A permit to work and live in California...for "service industry employees". I wonder how much the SEIU gave this guy? Looking at these bizarre California bills, it appears the word has gotten out that Congress has been bypassed: go straight to the imperial president to "do something because the Congress won't act". California is essentially begging a king (for a "program") with these bills--it's extraordinary but also appalling from a separation of powers perspective.

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