The Judiciary Committee is slated to consider fast-tracking legislation to use taxpayer money to provide lawyers for undocumented immigrants who are facing deportation.
Los Angeles, Sacramento, and San Francisco have policies in place that allow police to circumvent federal immigration officials, but lawmakers are seeking to extend the resistance to federal law throughout the entire state.
The legislation, SB54, was drafted by Senate President Pro Tem Kevin de Leon, in response to Trump’s order to withhold federal grant money from sanctuary cities.
After the man’s arrest by law enforcement in San Francisco, he claimed he shot Steinle by accident with a stolen gun while attempting to shoot sea lions. His trial is scheduled to begin in February.
Months before the killing, US Immigration and Customs Enforcement had requested that Sanchez be held in custody by the San Francisco Sheriff’s Department so they could pick him up for deportation. The sanctuary city did not comply with the request and released him.
Trump has repeatedly asserted that it is a state’s job to use all available resources to protect its citizens first, as opposed to protecting undocumented immigrants.