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California Gov. Jerry Brown left and Senate President Pro Tem Kevin de Leon D Los Angeles

The California Legislature Saturday passed a "sanctuary state" bill to protect immigrants without legal residency in the US, part of a broader push by Democrats to counter expanded deportation orders under the Trump administration.

It prohibits law enforcement officials from asking about a person's immigration status or participating in immigration enforcement efforts.

The legislature also passed a package of bills aimed at increasing the availability of affordable housing in the notoriously expensive state, and approved a plan for spending $1.5 billion in income from the state's cap-and-trade air quality program, which raises money by selling businesses limited rights to emit pollutants.

- California is one step closer to becoming a so-called Sanctuary State. Jerry Brown. Brown has until October 15 to sign or veto legislation.

The measure cruised through the Senate and was expected to pass the Assembly before Brown blocked what many expected to be an easy lay-up to victory for de León and advocates for the undocumented community.

After talks with Brown, amendments to the bill made this week would allow federal immigration authorities to keep working with state corrections officials and to continue entering county jails to question immigrants.

But they will be prohibited from from transferring immigrants to federal authorities if they have committed only minor offenses. "This bill builds a wall between the federal government and our local partners and makes our communities less safe", said James Gallagher, a Republican assemblyman.

In an emotional debate that brought lawmakers on both sides to tears, supporters said the law is needed now more than ever. "It sends a very clear message to the Trump administration that in California we value inclusivity, we value diversity", De Leon said.

A federal judge in Chicago ruled Friday that Attorney General Jeff Sessions can not follow through with his threat to withhold public safety grant money to so-called sanctuary cities for refusing his order to impose tough immigration policies. The Trump administration is playing politics with public safety. "At a time when police data indicates that domestic violence and sexual assault reporting is plummeting among Latinos, California has a moral obligation to ensure law enforcement agents treat everyone fairly, no matter their background, what they look like, or where they are born".

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