Governor Brown signs ‘sanctuary state’ bill

SACRAMENTO – Sanctuary status has been on the mind of community members of cities throughout Humboldt, whether for or against the switch.

On Thursday, Governor Jerry Brown took the matter into his own hands by signing off on Senate Bill 54, deeming California a “sanctuary state”.

The bill takes effect in January and will restrict police from asking people about their immigration status, and further limits them from communicating with federal immigration enforcement.

There are estimated to be over two million immigrants living illegally in California.

Brown signed the bill the same day as the deadline for DACA youth to renew their status before the program is phased out.