What is the Sanctuary State?
Sanctuary State laws include SB 54 (“California Values Act”) and AB 450 (“Immigrant Worker Protection Act), both passed in 2017 and were signed into law by Gov. Jerry Brown. They became effective January 1, 2018. To put it most simply, SB 54 forbids state, county, and municipal employees (including law enforcement officers) from cooperating with federal immigration authorities in ANY way. AB 450 is similar, but pertains to California employers sharing information with federal authorities having to do with an employee’s legal immigration status.
Sanctuary jurisdictions have existed within California for years or even decades before these two bills were passed, though, and with disastrous consequences for the safety of California’s children and families.
Under SB 54, the California Values Act or “Sanctuary” state law, state and local law enforcement officers are prohibited from:
In addition, it creates safe spaces at schools, hospitals, courthouses, libraries, and other public agencies by prohibiting those agencies or their employees from communicating with immigration enforcement.
The full text of SB 54 can be found here.