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California State Senate OKs S.B. 1070 Antidote

July 06, 2012

Washington, D.C. — On Thursday, the California State Senate approved the “Transparency and Responsibility Using State Tools” Act, or TRUST Act (AB1081), by a vote of 21-13. This legislation sets clear standards for local governments to comply with requests from Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to detain people for deportation. It also includes protections against racial profiling to guarantee that only those with serious or violent felony convictions will be turned over for deportation. The bill now goes back for a concurrence vote in the state assembly. The following is a statement by Ali Noorani, Executive Director of the National Immigration Forum:

“The TRUST Act restores the public trust necessary for law enforcement officials to protect and serve all communities under their charge.

“When immigrant families and communities cannot trust their local police officers, crimes go unreported, victims are hurt, and everyone’s public safety is endangered. The state of California shines as an example for states across the country seeking to strengthen community policing to reduce crime.

“We commend California state senators for showing the nation that we can do better than Arizona. America needs smart immigration policies at the federal and local levels that are workable and move the country forward, toward tolerance and integration.”

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