Law enforcement’s relationship with immigrants continues to capture the attention of California lawmakers.
We already have a bill seeking to limit deportations by barring local cops from sharing certain information with federal immigration officials, a followup on a broader law from 2014. Today Sen. Ricardo Lara, D-Bell Gardens, will talk up a bill that would prohibit local governments, sheriffs and police departments from entering into immigrant detention contracts with for-profit companies. According to Lara’s office, there are four private detention facilities in California.
Senate Bill 1289 would also compel detention facilities to offer basic rights like medical treatment and access to attorneys. Lara, who was among the lawmakers to visit a shelter for young immigrants as policymakers grappled with a surge of unaccompanied minors a couple years ago, will be promoting the bill alongside advocates in Los Angeles this morning.
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SPECIALITY: Both parties are deeply invested in the race to fill former Assemblyman Henry Perea’s 31st Assembly District seat, regularly dispatching volunteers to the Fresno area. With the primary approaching on Tuesday, Senate Minority Leader Jean Fuller, R-Bakersfield, will be in Kingsburg on Saturday for a 10 a.m. get-out-the-vote rally to boost Republican candidate Clint Olivier. Volunteers will also be hitting the streets for Democrat Joaquin Arambula.
ON THE BUBBA: As you’ve probably noticed, plenty of elected California Democrats love them some Hillary Clinton. The former secretary of state’s husband and campaign surrogate will be warming up the faithful this weekend, cultivating support ahead of an actual competitive presidential primary. Bill Clinton will speak at Los Angeles Trade-Technical College during a 1 p.m. event on Sunday.
CELEBRATIONS: A preemptive happy birthday to Assemblyman David Chiu, D-San Francisco, who turns 46 on Saturday, and to Sen. Bill Monning, D-Carmel, who will celebrate his 64th.