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Defying Trump, California Lawmakers Vote to Become ‘Sanctuary State’

September 16, 2017, 1:39 PM UTC
Ash Kalra,Lorena Gonzalez Fletcher
Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez Fletcher, D-San Diego, flanked by Assemblyman Ash Kalra, D-San Jose, left, goes to hug Assemblyman Jim Cooper, D-Elk Grove, for his vote for the "sanctuary state" bill she carried in the Assembly Sept. 15, 2017, in Sacramento, Calif.
Rich Pedroncelli AP

California lawmakers voted on Saturday to make the most populous U.S. state a so-called sanctuary by banning police from asking for the immigration status of people who have been arrested and limiting their cooperation with immigration officers.

The measure was one of numerous bills passed on the last day of the legislature’s session this year, positioning California in opposition to conservative policies supported by the Trump Administration and the Republican controlled Congress.

Illinois’ Republican Governor signed a bill last month protecting people from being detained simply because of their immigration status or because they are the subject of an immigration-related warrant.