The battle over Senate Bill 54 — sometimes referred to as the Sanctuary State bill — is heating up this week with immigrant rights advocates filing a lawsuit against Los Angeles County Sheriff Jim McDonnell over his strong opposition to the bill.
The Service Employees International Union United Service Workers West and the National Day Laborer Organizing Network filed the lawsuit Wednesday against McDonnell and the county to force the release of information about the sheriff’s interaction with President Donald Trump’s administration concerning SB 54, named the “California Values Act.”
The lawsuit, filed after a public records request in March failed to produce the specific information activists sought, argues that McDonnell “appears to have been in frequent communication” with administration officials about the bill. McDonnell has repeatedly said he opposes SB 54 for public safety reasons.
“It’s self-evident that the sheriff is colluding with ICE and cooperating on removals,” said Chris Newman, legal director of NDLON. But “what is most insidious and unacceptable is that he appears to be colluding with the Trump administration in his effort to bully Gov. (Jerry) Brown to watering down the bill.”
The bill, which has passed the state Senate and is making its way through the state Assembly, would largely bar state and local law enforcement from using their resources to investigate, interrogate, detain, find or arrest people for immigration enforcement purposes.
Gov. Brown, who must sign the legislation before it becomes law, told NBC’s Chuck Todd in an interview that aired…
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