SACRAMENTO – The TRUST Act, AB 4 by Assemblymember Tom Ammiano, passed a California Assembly concurrence vote today, paving the way for the bill to go to Gov. Jerry Brown for his signature. The Assembly voted 48-22 to approve amendments made in the Senate, just a day after the Senate also approved the amended bill.
The bill, known more completely as the Transparency and Responsibility Using State Tools Act, was crafted to limit excesses by the federal program known as Secure Communities, or S-Comm. Under S-Comm, more than 50,000 contributing Californians had been deported, though they had not been convicted of any crime, or only minor crimes.
“We have had families and communities broken up by S-Comm,” Ammiano said. “Federal officials have held people whose worst alleged violation was selling tamales without a permit or having a barking dog. Even crime victims have been deported. We need to end that to bring back trust between our communities and the local law enforcement agencies supposed to protect them.”
“It’s a travesty that we’re wasting local tax dollars deporting non-criminals and undermining the ability of local law enforcement to protect our communities,” said principal co-author Sen. Kevin De León, the bill’s Senate floor manager. “The TRUST Act will put a stop to devastating family separations and put the focus back on putting away serious offenders.”
An earlier version of the bill, AB 1081, was vetoed by Gov. Brown in 2012, with a message indicating he felt more crimes and alleged crimes should make a person eligible to be held under S-Comm. Asm. Ammiano amended his bill, after productive discussions between his office and the Governor’s office. The amendments expand the list of crimes covered.
“We have a good bill and I am optimistic that Gov. Brown will sign the TRUST Act and make California a national leader in protecting its immigrant residents,” Ammiano said. “They are our friends and neighbors and we should not treat them as criminals.”
Once the TRUST Act goes to the Governor’s desk, he will have until October 13 to sign the bill.
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