Illegal Immigration: ‘California Cannot Afford To Be Another Arizona,’ Lawmaker Says

Detaining non-criminal illegal immigrants on the California taxpayer's dime is too costly, Sacramento has decided.

SACRAMENTO, CA – On Thursday, the state Senate approved legislation that would prohibit local law enforcement agencies from detaining an illegal immigrant for deportation at the request of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) if that person is eligible for release from criminal custody.

Assembly Bill 1081, otherwise known as the Trust Act, passed in the Senate with a 21-13 vote. In May 2011, the bill passed in the State Assembly 47-26.

“The bill ... limits unjust and onerous detentions for deportation in local jails of community members who do not pose a threat to public safety," said Assemblyman Tom Ammiano (D-San Francisco), the bill’s lead author. “[The] vote signals to the nation that California cannot afford .”

The immigration detentions "are a drain on local resources" because state and local law enforcement agencies are not reimbursed by the feds for the , according to the legislation's text.

AB 1081 would still allow immigration detainers to be placed on people who have not been released from criminal custody or have a serious or violent felony conviction.

AB 1081 will next come back to the State Assembly for one concurrence vote following summer recess before heading to the governor’s desk.

ICE Western Regional Communications Director Virginia Kice said Friday that her agency does not comment on pending legislation, but she did forward an ICE statement. According to Kice, when a detainer is issued, the local law enforcement agency is asked by ICE to maintain custody of the undocumented immigrant for a period not to exceed 48 hours, excluding Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays.

The cost of keeping people in custody due to the ICE detainers is being compiled by Ammiano’s office, according to the assemblyman’s spokeswoman Misa Yokoi-Shelton. She said the cost to Riverside County was not immediately available.

Ammiano’s office contends the Trust Act was introduced in February 2011 as a response to the federal "Secure Communities" or S-Comm deportation program, which the assemblyman describes as a parallel to . Under S-Comm, the FBI automatically sends fingerprints to ICE to check against its immigration databases. If the checks show a person is in the country illegally,

Angela F. Chan, senior staff attorney at the Asian Law Caucus, a nonprofit civil rights organization located in San Francisco, said S-Comm encourages racial profiling by law enforcement.

"About 76 percent of the 2,460 residents deported under the S-Comm program from Riverside County are individuals without criminal records or those arrested for lesser offenses, including misdemeanors and traffic violations," Chan said.

Seventy-two thousand people in California have been removed from the country under S-Comm and seven in 10 were deported with either no conviction or for minor offenses, Ammiano's office contends.

ICE defends S-Comm.

Secure Communities has proven to be the single most valuable tool in allowing the agency to eliminate the ad hoc approach of the past and focus on criminal aliens and repeat immigration law violators,” according to the information provided by Kice. 

“Since ICE implemented Secure Communities in Oct. 2008 (through April 30, 2012), the initiative has resulted in the removal of 189,744 persons (nationwide). Nearly 75 percent of those individuals (141,005) had prior criminal convictions,” Kice's statement read. ( to read about ICE's defense of its policy.)

Vince July 14, 2012 at 09:44 PM
A little First Person (Moi) tale from just today on Race Relation's, and Tolerance/Intolerance...which ARE problematic in CA, and across the country nowdays: So there I was, just down at "Sand ****** Liquor" (owned by Arab's of some sort) as the locals call's it, grabbiin' me up a coupla things in the way of libations a'fore heading up the hill ta home. And this Black Fella came stumbling in, drunk as a skunk, and barely able to stay upright....Skinny and disheveled as all git out too....but he was happy to beat all, and grinnin' ear to ear---and I could tell right off that beneath the rough exterior there truly beat a good heart within the man...and as he grinned at me, I also could tell he was sportin' him some "Summer-Nunner Teef's", as I like's to call 'em: "Summ-er leanin' souf, summ-er leanin' norf, summ-er brokt off, with but a little nub left for a memory of toof---and let's not forget about east and west, 'cause that is for what's left... Cont.
Vince July 14, 2012 at 09:46 PM
And summ-er way gone; to where, betcha he doesn't even recall; summ-er yeller, summ-er brown, summ-er well into black... an' the color jes' depends I guess, on variations of light---but most notable of all: NUNN-ER white." So I was checking out at the counter, and this drunk fella was exchanging pleasantries with me about the hot and humid weather, and what not---and I was sorta waitin' for him to hit me up for some "spare change", but he didn't---I'm tellin' ya, he IS a good dude, but one just all packaged up in a lawsuit in the making if Fed Ex brought that sorta banged up "package" to someone's home or office... Cont.
Vince July 14, 2012 at 09:46 PM
Cont.: And as I looked and listened, I felt kinda sad...and I thought to myself, I thought: "That right there was once some Mama's pride and joy, her beautiful baby boy...but now who will ever love him again?" Crazy thought I know, but that is what came to mind. And I exited the store first, climbed in my truck, and as I started to back outta the space there, he came out of the store, bee-lined right to the little old beat up (near about as much as him), dented, rusted, and bondo'ed Toyota, with a bed full o' junk, that sat on my driver's side, right next to me...and I hadn't really noticed the occupant waiting for him inside the cab when I loaded up in my truck---but then I looked over, and there, there behind the wheel, was this little lady of some sorta mixed race, Black and Brown, with a smattering of maybe Fillipino...and she looked over my way and smiled----No teeth on this one, "Summer-Nunner Nada", I s'pose I could fairly say. And that right there made me feel better, and proved without a doubt in my mind, that there really IS someone for everyone...and as I drove up the hill it came to me that what I had witnessed in the parking lot there, was a real deal, "symbiotic relationship" goin' twix't the two...I figger he gets ta "rassle" with her some, and then he chews up the tough to chew steak an' sech for her (maybe even her finger and toe-nails too?), with his Summer-Nunner's. since she got's teef's at all....And so, now ain't THAT romantic?


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