It also bars authorities from asking about immigration status. And he says ICE will likely need to detain Californians out of state, far from their families. And one of his earliest executive orders put cities and counties on alert that they would lose federal funding if law enforcement did not cooperate with immigration agents.
In a speech in Portland, Oregon, last month, he called this legislation "unconscionable".
The Trump administration officially admitted that its immigration enforcement strategy is motivated by petty revenge against lawmakers who refuse to bend the knee. Now, California declares itself a sanctuary state. Since then, 29 states and the District of Columbia have passed laws legalizing marijuana in some form. The political intimidation tactics are starting to work too, with sanctuary city politicians questioning whether half-measure legal protections are worth risking expanded federal invasion in local communities.
The new law will also permit local law enforcement officers to communicate with federal agents about detainees with felony convictions in the past 15 years as well as those awaiting trial for serious felonies for which a judge has found probable cause - and to coordinate transfers of those people into federal custody. That policy was temporarily blocked by a federal judge after being challenged by the city of Chicago, Illinois.
"They are free to use their own considerable resources to enforce federal immigration law in California", Brown wrote. "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 every day", Brown said.
California State Senate President, Tem Kevin de Leon, who proposed the bill denounced Trump calling him, "racist" and "xenophobic" during a press conference.
The California Police Chiefs Association takes a neutral stand regarding the bill, the Sacramento Bee reported, adding that the sheriffs' organization remains against it and U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions had publicly urged Brown to veto it.
What has Trump said about this?
SEIU United Service Workers West President David Huerta said SB 54 is a first step toward fixing the "broken immigration system" in the United States. "And I hope that California will push back on their governor's, I think, irresponsible decision moving forward".
The announcement comes under the auspice of it being "safer" for ICE to "transfer" immigrants to detention facilities when the arrests are made at prisons rather than neighborhoods and worksites, framing mass detainment as a foregone conclusion.
Roughly 2.3 million undocumented immigrants live in California, the largest population in the nation compared with other states.
The other bills prohibit landlords from reporting their undocumented tenants, ban employers from authorizing federal immigration raids at the workplace, and allow students whose parents were deported to continue attending California schools.
Ultimately, SB54 helps shield removable aliens from immigration enforcement and creates another magnet for more illegal immigration, all at the expense of the safety and security of the very people it purports to protect.