Saturday, October 1, 2016

Governor Brown Vetoes Bill To End Dentention Of Illegal Immigrants

Sacramento Bee
September 28, 2016

Citing ongoing discussions at the federal level, Gov. Jerry Brown on Wednesday rejected a proposed ban on the use of private immigrant detention centers in California.
Senate Bill 1289, by Sen. Ricardo Lara, D-Bell Gardens, would have prohibited local law enforcement agencies from contracting with for-profit companies to detain immigrants on behalf of federal authorities. These facilities, which often hold those in the country illegally during deportation proceedings or while they apply for asylum, have been under fire from civil rights groups as substandard and abusive.
The Obama administration announced earlier this month that it is considering ending the use of private detention centers, and the Homeland Security Advisory Council is expected to make a recommendation by the end of November. Immigration officials have pushed back on the plan, arguing they have no cost-effective alternatives.
“I have been troubled by recent reports detailing unsatisfactory conditions and limited access to counsel in private immigration detention facilities,” Brown wrote in his veto message of the bill, which passed the Legislature along party lines. “These actions indicate a more permanent solution to this issue may be at hand. I urge federal authorities to act swiftly.”
Lara said he was disappointed by Brown’s veto. “It is my sincere hope that the Obama Administration will arrive at the same conclusion I have and decide to take meaningful action to shut down these for-profit immigration detention centers once and for all,” he said in a statement.
Brown on Wednesday signed another know-your-rights measure for immigrants. Assembly Bill 2792, by Assemblyman Rob Bonta, D-Alameda, will require local jails, before an interview between federal immigration officials and an immigrant in their custody, to notify the immigrant that the interview is voluntary and they can have an attorney present.
This is one of those rare moments when a liberal politician surprises me.  I was sure Brown would sign the bill, but he didn't, thank God.  If he had all illegal aliens would have to be released into the community and "trusted" to show up for their court hearing.
It is a fact that 85 percent of those who are not detained fail to show up in court on their day.
However, I think Brown was actually passing the buck.  Obama has said he will take action in cases like this.  After all, why should you be the bad guy when an outgoing president is willing to do it?
The ban on detention may come from the president in the next couple of months.  Obama will probably wait until after the election because such a decision may negatively effect Clinton's chances of winning.
Dan 88!

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