Calif. Sanctuary Law Cut Immigration Arrests, Advocates Say

By Nicole Narea (March 27, 2019, 9:49 PM EDT) -- The state of California saw a significant dropoff in immigration arrests at local jails after enacting a law in October 2017 limiting cooperation with federal immigration authorities, but some local law enforcement agencies have resisted its implementation, according to a report published Wednesday by legal advocates.

The law, known as the California Values Act or S.B. 54, prohibits local law enforcement from handing people they arrest over to federal immigration authorities upon release.

The joint report by Asian Americans Advancing Justice, the University of Oxford Centre for Criminology and Border Criminologies found that immigration arrests at local jails decreased by 41...

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