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POLL: Do You Support Trust Act's Relaxed Rules on Illegal Immigration Enforcement?

Assembly Bill 1081, dubbed the 'Trust Act,' calls to limit deportations of illegal immigrants across the state.

Last week, the California Senate passed Assembly Bill 1081, also known as the "Trust Act," which calls on local police to release illegal immigrants who commit minor crimes rather than turning them over to federal authorities.

Under the measure, also known to lawmakers as the “anti-Arizona bill,” officers would only refer people convicted of serious felonies to immigration officials. They would no longer detain lower-level offenders on immigration holds.

The bill’s author, State Assemblyman Tom Ammiano (D-San Francisco), said that federal law requiring local law authorities to check the immigration status on an arrestee is a waste of resources and erodes trust.

Ammiano said the legislation will benefit cities like Gilroy and help set the bar for other states in the nation to cut off their ties with the federal government in regards to immigration enforcement.

“The Trust Act is especially important in communities like Gilroy where law enforcement needs to maintain positive interactions with law abiding members of a large community of Latinos, both citizens and immigrants,” he said. “This law will make the state a leader in positive immigration policy.”

After passage by the Senate on July 5, the bill will now goes to the Assembly floor for final approval in August, and will then head to the desk of Gov. Jerry Brown, who has yet to take a stance on the measure.

Brown could sign the bill into law or strike it down with a veto.

According to Zelica Rodriguez-Deams, with Santa Clara County’s Services Immigrant Rights and Education Network (SIREN), passage of the bill would help illegal immigrants gain trust in local authorities. Many are afraid to turn to police for crimes like domestic violence due to fear of deportation. The bill's supporters also say it could put an end to racial profiling by officials.

“A lot of people are afraid to call the police because of that alignment of law enforcement and immigration and the legislation around the country that has been passed the last few years,” she said. “The Trust Act will help restore that trust between immigrants and local law enforcement.”

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Jeremy Barousse July 11, 2012 at 11:42 PM
Come on folks, let us know what you think about this bill, Gilroy and South County will be directly affected by this legislation!
Robin Kedroske July 12, 2012 at 03:11 PM
So much for this Nation having a "Rule of Law", this IS just another step in ceding the state of California back to Messico...Good Riddance!!!
Christi Spencer July 12, 2012 at 07:29 PM
I think CA Senate has lost its mind passing this bill. On what planet does this make sense. I'm astounded that ANYONE would think allowing illegal immigrants to commit crimes here (I don't care if they are "minor") and just turn a blind eye, is a positive thing. Minor crimes turn into major ones. It is ironic that it is called the "Trust Act" when it involves NOT cracking down on illegal immigrants committing crimes. And, of course people and politicians seem to forget that it is a crime in the first place to be in this country illegally. Slap in the face for all the immigrants who came here the right, legal way. This will not repair relationships, this will anger the ppl who are the victims of these crimes, and just open the door for more major crimes to be committed.
Kell July 12, 2012 at 07:44 PM
I'm curious as to what other countries do? If I am in Canada illegally and I commit a crime, even a minor crime, what do they do with me?
Eric F Schaller July 13, 2012 at 04:10 AM
How will proponents of this legislation feel if it turns out that Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry was eventually killed by an illegal immigrant who was detained but released because he hadn't "yet" committed a violent enough crime?
Bong Sativa July 13, 2012 at 04:53 AM
Good for Hispanics,good for Democrats,good for California & good for America !!! If local police have time to deal with immigration issues we haven't laid enough of them off yet !!!
Pete Arballo July 13, 2012 at 05:54 AM
hah - crazy
Eric F Schaller July 13, 2012 at 05:58 AM
Spoken like a true leech on the working class
Brash Brazen July 13, 2012 at 03:43 PM
I believe that most Californians would prefer the company of undocumented aliens to that of the conservative,right-wing,tea party,intolerant,bible based bigots amongst us !
Gail Arvizo July 14, 2012 at 11:02 PM
Brash,sorry to bust your ballon,but alot of Califorians want the illegals gone.(READ THE POLE ON HERE)!At least right-wing,tea partiers aren traitors to our country like that illegal idiot in the White House!
Gail Arvizo July 14, 2012 at 11:06 PM
Let me guess Bong,you are either a illegal or you have drank so much of Kool-Aide kings juice your mind has gone so mushy,your just like those zombies who worship him.Come Nov,your master will be gone and all the illegals will follow:)
Sgt. Riv July 15, 2012 at 10:06 PM
We are all citizens of the world. Why would you not grant the rights you love to another human being ?
Kell July 16, 2012 at 06:43 PM
Thank you Christi! I couldn't have said it better myself!
Kell July 16, 2012 at 06:47 PM
The rights I love? I beg to differ. I do not have the right to go into another country illegally and then commit crime. This would NOT be tolerated in many places, so why should it be tolerated here? I have no problem with people who come here legally, however I have a SERIOUS issue with those who come here illegally and then commit crimes on top of that!?! NO thank you!
Joan Arch April 19, 2013 at 07:56 AM
I find it funny to that in this day and age we still label people as lesser equals! For instance a black man was once considered 3/4 of a man an now an undocumented individual is called illegal. It makes me sick and it is funny because you all complain and cry about their presence but you have no problem using them. Cheap labor is cheap labor. I speak from my point of view and not on behalf of an entire people, but most of them want to just work and go home. The fact that they are undocumented keeps them here because the risk is to high to leave and try to come back. Try to think on a larger scale people are dying everyday trying to cross that border. Children are being ripped apart from their parents some even call it kidnapping, who is it helping? It irritates me that people always think Mexicans because it is the Mexican border but that is the border for the world people come to Mexico from everywhere to cross the border. A slap to the face? Do you have any idea how much time and money it costs to get a legal residency? Those sweat shop jobs don't pay nearly enough to what our minimum wage is. Reform is needed, not because of limited resources but because all human life deserves dignity. Why blame those who come here illegally when the reason they come is for work and it is illegal to hire undocumented workers. Hold the employers to some responsibility!

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