Noisy Crowd Demands Calif. State Senate Leader Protect 'Sanctuary State' Bill From Being Weakened

Mar 16, 2017

California Senate President pro Tem Kevin de León (D-Los Angeles) speaks at a rally in support of SB 54, his bill that seeks to protect immigrants living in the state illegally from deportation.
Credit Ben Adler / Capital Public Radio

"Awkward" doesn't begin to describe the spot Democratic state Senate leader Kevin de Leon found himself in yesterday (Wednesday).  At a rally for his bill that seeks to protect California immigrants from federal deportations, advocates pressured de Leon not to weaken the measure.  But as Capital Public Radio's Ben Adler reports, he may have no choice if he wants it to pass.