California: The Sanctuary State

California on Monday officially became the first ‘sanctuary state’ in the country as the bill Gov. Jerry Brown signed in October went into effect.

“These are uncertain times for undocumented Californians and their families, and this bill strikes a balance that will protect public safety, while bringing a measure of comfort to those families who are now living in fear everyday,” Brown said upon signing the legislation.

The law prohibits local officials from asking about an individual’s immigration status or working with federal immigration agents on cases.

Brown insists it “does not prevent or prohibit Immigration and Customs Enforcement or the Department of Homeland Security from doing their own work in any way.”

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