If Democrats have their way, California will join a growing number of states and municipalities who are curbing their cooperation with the Secure Communities program under the nation’s Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

The new legislation to be offered this spring by Democratic State Assemblyman Tom Ammiano will follow in the footsteps of Cook County in Illinois, the state of New York, Santa Clara County, and San Francisco County. In each case, local governments passed legislation curbing their participation with Secure Communities.

The result is that illegal immigrants who are detained for minor infractions are not held in custody even if the federal government asks.

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