Sixty-five percent of Hispanics, 70 percent of independents, 73 percent of Democrats agreed that “local authorities should not be able to ignore a federal request to hold a detained person who is in the country illegally".
When it comes to dangerous and violent unauthorized-immigrant felons, California voters, not lawmakers, should decide sanctuary policy. This is first and foremost a crime issue and secondarily an immigration issue.
Sacramento lawmakers, provoked by the Trump administration’s defunding threats, are considering new legislation, SB54. The bill’s requirements make San Francisco’s sanctuary city ordinance look moderate in comparison. The California Values Act would effectively prohibit all California cities, schools, including charter schools, and public hospitals, from cooperating with federal immigration authorities — including with regard to violent felons in the country illegally. The bill prohibits “detaining an individual on the basis of a hold request” issued by Immigration and Customs Enforcement or Customs and Border Protection as well as any other federal immigration authorities.