In partial response to Arizona’s stance on immigration, a bill has been introduced in the California state legislature that, among other things, would limit local law enforcement’s participation in the Secure Communities program, a program of the US Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency. (ICE)
Tom Ammiano, the bill’s sponsor has this to say about Secure Communities:
Given that the Justice Department sued the state of Arizona for interfering with foreign policy because “the Constitution and federal law do not permit the development of a patchwork of state and local immigration policies throughout the country”, should the Justice Department move to have the courts strike down the California law (if it should pass) on the same basis? Does blocking local police from referring a detainee to immigration officials unless the person has committed a felony rise to the level of “developing a patchwork of immigration policies”?
IMO, it does. If Arizona is going to have to follow US immigration law (and they should) then so should California. If the ICE chooses to disband or alter the Secure Communities program, that’s fine. Until they do, California should comply with it.