Update April 6: As expected, the bill died in committee.
The California Assembly Judiciary Committee today discussed AB 26, which is being called an "Arizona-like" law on illegal immigration.
Chronicle's Politics Blog:
An Arizona-like law to combat illegal immigration has a snowball's chance in Phoenix of passing the California Legislature, but freshman Assemblyman Tim Donnelly, R-Twin Peaks (San Bernardino County) is giving it a shot.
Donnelly, who has patrolled the California-Mexico border as part of the militant Minutemen citizen group, held a rally at the Capitol today for his bill, AB26. The bill would make a number of changes in state law, including requiring law enforcement to verify the immigration status of anyone who is arrested and suspected of being in the country illegally.
It also would make it illegal to limit the enforcement of federal immigration laws -- an attempt to go after sanctuary cities like San Francisco and Los Angeles -- and require employers to use the E-verify system while barring them from hiring anyone they know is not here legally.
And more, from Scott Shafer on this morning's California Report: