Texas and California: Two State Approaches to Federal Immigration Enforcement

Last week, California Gov. Jerry Brown put his signature on a bill to withdraw state resources from the enforcement of most federal immigration laws. While some people have argued this will open the door for immigrants to enter the U.S. through California and then spread into other states, the approach Texas took can minimize this problem.

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To the Governor: California Passes Bill to End Support for Most Federal Immigration Enforcement

SACRAMENTO (Sept. 18, 2017) – On Saturday, the California Senate gave final approval to a bill to withdraw state resources from the enforcement of most federal immigration laws.  Passage into law will likely have the effect of further nullifying those federal acts in practice.

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Massachusetts High Court Rules State Officers Can’t Hold People Solely on Federal Immigration Detainers

BOSTON, Mass. (Aug. 7, 2017) –  Last month, the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court held that court officers in the state do not have the authority to detain individuals solely based on requests by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents. The ruling sets the stage for widespread non-cooperation with federal immigration detainers in Massachusetts.

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