Rebuking President Trump, California Senate Passes 'Sanctuary State' Bill

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Migrant rights protesters demonstrate outside the Hall of Justice against the use of state police resources for federal immigration enforcement and deportation in Los Angeles, California, on March 22, 2017. (Mark Ralston/AFP/Getty Images)

The California state senate passed the California Values Act in a 27 to 21 vote along party lines on Monday. The controversial "sanctuary state" bill would prohibit state and local law enforcement agencies from reporting, arresting or detaining individuals for purposes of immigration enforcement. The bill would not apply to cases involving violent crimes like murder and rape. State Senate President Pro Tem Kevin de Leon called the vote a "rejection of President Trump's false and cynical portrayal of undocumented residents as a lawless community." But opponents to the bill say it would shelter dangerous criminals and trigger the loss of federal funds for California. We discuss the legislation and its potential impact.


Marisa Lagos, reporter, KQED's California Politics and Government Desk