By Cosmas Nkeremwen
Gov Jerry Brown
Governor of California, Jerry Brown on Thursday defied President Donald Trump administration and signed into law a bill to protect illegal immigrants in the state. The state’s lawmakers last approved the bill last month. Brown’s signature effectively make it operational and “bars police from asking people about their immigration status or participating in federal immigration enforcement activities in most cases starting Jan. 1. 2018” according to AFP reports. California is home to an estimated 2.3 million illegal immigrants.
Brown said; “These are uncertain times for undocumented Californians and their families, and this bill strikes a balance that will protect public safety, while bringing a measure of comfort to those families who are now living in fear everyday”
In her reaction White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said she hopes California “will push back on their governor’s, I think, irresponsible decision moving forward.”
California’s Democratic Senate leader Kevin de Leon had introduced the bill in response to concerns in immigrant communities about President Trump’s tough campaign comments and statements on immigration.
The legislation comes as the Trump administration has pledged to crack down on sanctuary cities that refuse to cooperate with federal immigration authorities. Faced with hard conditions in the USA, many immigrants are said to be flooding neighbouring Canada in hundreds.
With reports from The Associated Press, Fox News and Los Angeles Times