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California may soon prohibit cities and counties from doing business with companies cooperating with the Immigration and Custom Enforcement (ICE) and Border Patrol.
On Tuesday, the California State Assembly’s Committee on Justice is conducting a hearing on AB 1332, the Sanctuary State Contracting and Investment Act.
Assembly member Rob Bonta proposed AB 1332, which prohibits California cities and counties from entering into contracts with companies providing ICE or Border Patrol with data broker, extreme vetting, or detention facility services, “unless a state or local agency has made a finding that no reasonable alternative exists.” The bill also prohibits cities and counties from investing in these companies.
Bonta introduced AB 1332 in response to President Donald Trump’s 2017 executive order on border security and immigration enforcement. He noted that the President’s order created an increased “fear and insecurity among many immigrants” in California and across the country. Trump “assigned ICE officers with unprecedented powers to target and terrorize immigrant communities.”