California lawmakers approve ‘sanctuary state’ bill

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Protesters hold banners critical of Los Angeles County Sheriff Jim McDonnell’s position against Senate Bill 54, the California Sanctuary State Bill or California Values Act, on a freeway overpass in downtown Los Angeles, California, May 24, 2017. (OBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images)

SACRAMENTO – California lawmakers early Saturday passed a bill to protect immigrants living in the United States illegally, the Los Angeles Times reported.

The “sanctuary state” bill, called the California Values Act, would limit the communication between state and local law enforcement and federal immigration authorities, according to the newspaper. It would also prohibit officers from questioning and holding people on immigration violations.

Senate Bill 54 passed with a 27-11 party-line vote, sending it to Gov. Jerry Brown’s desk.

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