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The legislation is the latest effort by Democratic lawmakers in California, home to an estimated 2.3 million immigrants without legal authorization, to create barriers to President Donald Trump's campaign pledge to step up deportation efforts.

The California Assembly voted in favor of SB 54 Friday, which would prohibit law enforcement from conducting front-line immigration enforcement but allows jail officials to notify federal agents about some people in detention.

This year, California lawmakers have strengthened protections for undocumented immigrants, increased the gasoline tax and extended a program aimed at compelling businesses to reduce air pollution, all in opposition to federal policies.

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

California's immigration laws are considered among the friendliest in the country and the state is often referred to as a "sanctuary state". Jerry Brown for signature.

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.

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The legislation, which might never make it into law because it still has to be signed by the governor, is authored by state Sens.

But they will be prohibited from from transferring immigrants to federal authorities if they have committed only minor offenses. "The only thing this bill provides a sanctuary for is risky criminals", said Assemblyman James Gallagher, a Republican from Nicolaus. One lawmaker said the bill would cause "chaos". "We put our values into action".

A federal judge in Chicago ruled Friday that Attorney General Jeff Sessions can not follow through with his threat to withhold public safety grant money to so-called sanctuary cities for refusing his order to impose tough immigration policies.

"Californians will not squander precious public safety dollars to tear families apart, take "Dreamers" or deport people who have helped California become the sixth largest economy in the world", de León said.

The organization put out a release earlier this week, saying that "California's front-line law enforcement officers do not now engage in, and have no intention of engaging in, immigration enforcement in the field".



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