Bill could aggravate state-federal standoff on immigration

By Kate Morrissey


A bill introduced by California legislators this month could heighten a standoff between the state and federal government over immigration enforcement policy that has been growing since at least 2013.

The California Values Act, introduced by Senate President Pro Tem Kevin de Léon, D-Los Angeles, would prohibit local law enforcement agencies from reporting people for immigration enforcement purposes. It also prohibits local law enforcement from making databases available to anyone for the purpose of immigration enforcement. 

De Léon’s office said that it believes the California Values Act is in compliance with federal laws. Critics say the bill flies in the face of a federal law that says states cannot restrict local law enforcement from passing information regarding citizenship or immigration status to federal immigration officer.