California bill would block inmate transfers to ICE custody

Democratic lawmakers are again proposing a bill that would stop California prisons from transferring inmates to federal immigration custody.

Posted: Feb 25, 2021 8:53 AM

SAN DIEGO (AP) — Democratic lawmakers are again proposing a bill that would stop California prisons from transferring inmates to federal immigration custody.

State law prohibits local police and sheriffs from cooperating with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement for some crimes, but it doesn't apply to the prison system.

Bounchan Keola, a Laotian immigrant who was sentenced to 28 years in prison for a gang-related shooting when he was 16, says he felt betrayed when he was turned over to ICE after helping firefighters battle massive wildfires.

Gov. Gavin Newsom vetoed similar legislation in 2019. ICE says it doesn't comment on pending legislation.

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