LOS ANGELES (AP) — Lawmakers in the California Assembly have voted to strengthen protections for immigrants in the country illegally who are victims or witnesses of crimes.
Lawmakers passed a bill Thursday to prohibit law enforcement from detaining a crime victim or witness for a suspected or actual immigration violation. The bill still requires approval by the state Senate and a signature from the governor.READ MORE: Karen Bass Makes It Official -- She's Running For LA Mayor
Assemblyman Reggie Jones-Sawyer said his bill will help people cooperate with law enforcement.READ MORE: Vandenberg To Launch 2,000th Rocket Monday
Police are already prohibited from detaining people who report or are assisting with investigations of hate crimes for immigration violations. The Los Angeles Democrat’s bill, AB493, would extend the protection to victims and witnesses of all crimes.’MORE NEWS: John Hinckley, Who Attempted To Assassinate President Reagan, Gets Unconditional Release
The bill is one of several proposed this session to strengthen protections for immigrants in California.