Calif. bill would limit local immigrant detentions

SACRAMENTO, Calif. - The Assembly has approved legislation that would limit when local law enforcement officers could detain someone for an immigration check.

The so-called Trust Act by Democratic Assemblyman Tom Ammiano of San Francisco would create a statewide standard for how local agencies should comply with the federal Secure Communities program.

That program requires police officers or sheriff's deputies to check anyone arrested against a federal immigration database. Those found to be in the country illegally are held for immigration officials.

Under AB4, local law enforcement would be able to detain only those who had been previously convicted of a serious or violent felony. Gov. Jerry Brown vetoed similar legislation last year.

The Assembly passed the bill on a 42-20 vote Thursday, sending it to the Senate.

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