San Francisco State Assembly candidate Jason Clark is calling out incumbent Tom Ammiano on his recent bill to limit local law enforcement’s ability to cooperate with immigration officials. It also disallows jails to hold immigrants for deportation unless they committed a serious felony. Unless, a serious violent crime is committed, law enforcement must release detainees. Jason is urging Gov. Jerry Brown to veto this “reckless” bill.
According to Mr. Clark’s Press release:
“The bill that Mr. Ammiano introduced and managed to pass through the California Legislature is an affront to every law-abiding resident of California, citizen and non-citizen alike. This radical proposal would allow for the release of thousands of undocumented felons to the public after they have served their time, where they can again become a threat to the public safety of every Californian upon their release.
“Additionally, the bill has a loophole that if a local jurisdiction enacts a law or policy prohibiting any cooperation with immigration officials, an undocumented immigrant convicted of a serious or violent felony would not be subject to an “immigration hold.”
“The reckless actions of Mr. Ammiano in the California Legislature in part motivated me to run for office.
“I call upon Governor Brown to veto this truly dangerous proposal and for the common sense voters of District 17 (the eastern half of San Francisco) to send Mr. Ammiano into an early retirement this November.”
Jason’s call comes at an opportune time as this bill now sits on Gov. Brown’s desk awaiting signature. In the past, the Governor has tread lightly on immigration issues.
The Mercury News reports:
“It’s a lottery” whether Brown will sign or veto the Trust Act, said the bill’s author, Assemblyman Tom Ammiano, D-San Francisco. The bill went to the governor’s desk Friday after a 48-26 vote in the Assembly and earlier approval in the state Senate.
Ammiano’s bill would restrict jails from holding immigrants for deportation unless they committed a serious or violent felony. It is meant to counter the Secure Communities fingerprints program that alerts U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement whenever local police jail a deportable immigrant.
Immigrant advocates say the federal program deports too many noncriminals and low-level offenders, while most sheriffs support the ICE partnership and want Brown to veto the Trust Act.