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California lawmakers approve new rules on immigrant detention

August 24, 2012 | 12:57 pm

Trust Act

A bill that prohibits local law enforcement from holding arrestees on behalf of federal immigration authorities cleared the state Legislature on Friday morning.

AB 1081 by Assemblyman Tom Ammiano (D-San Francisco), also known as the Trust Act, awaits the governor’s signature after the Assembly approved a final version, 48-26.

An exception for serious and violent criminals, who may still be subjected to federal detention requests, was added to the bill at the behest of opponents, including the California State Sheriffs’ Assn.

Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca is among the California sheriffs who plans to defy the Trust Act and continue to hold suspects when requested to do so by federal authorities.

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Photo: Tanya Hernandez, 4, holds a sign is support of the Trust Act during a news conference at L.A. City Hall in June. Credit: Arkasha Stevenson / Los Angeles Times
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