California Senate Passes ‘Sanctuary State’ Bill To Protect Criminal Illegally Present Foreign Nationals

The California Senate passed Senate Bill 54 on Monday, barring state and local law enforcement agencies from using their resources to help federal immigration authorities. Senate Bill 54, also known as the “sanctuary state” bill, passed the Senate in a 27-12 vote, CNN reported.

“Our precious local law enforcement resources will be squandered if police are pulled from their duties to arrest otherwise law-abiding maids, busboys, labors, mothers and fathers,” Senate President Pro Tem Kevin de León, who authored the bill, said in a statement.

De León claimed the bill is “a rejection of President Trump’s false and cynical portrayal of undocumented residents as a lawless community.”