Gov. Jerry Brown signed a bill Thursday that will severely limit California law enforcement's ability to work with federal immigration enforcement officials, making California a so-called sanctuary state and setting up perhaps the state's most intense standoff with the Trump administration to date.
"This action protects public safety and ensures hard-working people who contribute to our state are respected," Brown said in a written statement.
President Trump made cracking down on sanctuary cities — like San Francisco — a campaign promise and has moved to cut off some federal law enforcement grants from jurisdictions that restrict their police and sheriffs from working with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). So far, his efforts have been halted by courts, but several lawsuits are still working their way through the system.
If the Trump administration is successful in taking away that money, California law enforcement agencies could lose around $18 million.
The state bill doesn't go as far as supporters had wanted. Brown worked to narrow the original measure by Senate President Pro Tem Kevin de León after law enforcement officers — particularly sheriffs — raised concerns that Senate Bill 54 would prevent them from protecting their communities from dangerous criminals.