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California’s Trust Act Highlights Urgency for Federal Action

October 08, 2013

WASHINGTON, DC – On Saturday, California Governor Jerry Brown signed the Trust Act, a law that will ensure that only those unauthorized immigrants with serious criminal histories are turned over by California law enforcement for detention and not those who pose no threat to their communities.

Ali Noorani, Executive Director of the National Immigration Forum, made the following statement regarding the new California law.

“In the absence of broad immigration reform, states like California are searching for – and passing – smaller-scale fixes for our broken immigration system.

“While efforts like those in California are admirable, we can’t rely on a patchwork of state laws as a solution. Laws like the Trust Act show Congress that the urgency is there for federal action on commonsense immigration reform.

“Lawmakers are coming together at statehouses nationwide to address immigration reform. It’s time for the House of Representatives to take the lead and bring reform to a vote this fall.”

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