California sanctuary cities

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A bill to make California a "sanctuary state" is moving forward in the state Legislature, including a hearing before the Assembly Appropriations Committee today (Wednesday). Oregon has had a similar law for almost three decades.  More in this collaborative report from Capital Public Radio's Ben Bradford and Oregon Public Broadcasting's Conrad Wilson.

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Inland Empire residents, activists, and officials are divided on the issue of sanctuary cities, and with recent events, the local debate is intensifying.  KVCR's Ben Purper has this feature report.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions sent out a letter to four cities - Albuquerque, Baltimore, Stockton, and San Bernardino - urging them to cooperate with federal immigration authorities or lose federal funding. KVCR's Ben Purper has more.

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Sanctuary Cities And Federal Grants

Jul 27, 2017

Law enforcement Agencies in California are keeping a close eye on conditions placed on federal grant money this week by the Trump administration as part of its crackdown on sanctuary cities. KVCR's Rick Dulock delivers this story from Capital Public Radio's Chris Nichols.

A bill that would extend "sanctuary city" protections for immigrants across California is continuing to move through the state Legislature, after passing the state Senate months ago.  Capital Public Radio's Ben Bradford reports.

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The Trump administration has formally notified the state of California that sanctuary city policies are jeopardizing federal grant funding.  It's the first concrete action the federal government has taken to withhold funds since President Trump signed his executive order targeting sanctuary cities in January.  Capital Public Radio's Ben Bradford reports there's relatively little money at stake so far.

President Trump's executive order to strip funding from sanctuary cities faced its first legal challenge Friday in San Francisco.  The city and Santa Clara County went to federal court to block the order, contending it's unconstitutional.  Capital Public Radio's State Government reporter Ben Bradford was there.

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"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.

President Trump's Department of Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly spent part of last week meeting with officials from states who share a border with Mexico.  As KVCR's Ken Vincent reports, Gen. Kelly got some tough questions regarding alleged ICE immigrant raids this past weekend. 

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Governor Jerry Brown may soon need to decide whether to sign a bill that would essentially make California a "sanctuary state."  The measure would ban state and local law enforcement from cooperating with federal immigration authorities.  Brown will face strong pressure from his fellow democrats to approve the ban.  But as Capital Public Radio's Ben Adler reports, the governor has a clear record of opposing it.

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Scores of people showed up at Riverside City Hall yesterday (Tuesday) to let the Riverside City Council know what they feel about a citizens proposal to declare Riverside a sanctuary city for illegal immigrants.  KVCR's Ken Vincent has more.

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President Donald Trump's executive order last week to strip federal funding from sanctuary cities prompted outrage and worry from California lawmakers who represent potentially-affected communities.  But a former Department of Justice immigration lawyer casts doubt on the executive order's power, as Capital Public Radio's Ben Bradford reports.

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President Donald Trump's executive order last week to strip federal funding from sanctuary cities prompted outrage and worry from California lawmakers who represent potentially-affected communities.  But a former Department of Justice immigration lawyer casts doubt on the order's power, as Capital Public Radio's Ben Bradford reports.