California governor vetoes law allowing undocumented immigrants in public office

California governor vetoes law allowing undocumented immigrants in public office
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Gov. Jerry Brown (D-Calif.) vetoed a bill Thursday that would have allowed immigrants in the U.S. illegally to serve on state and local boards and commissions.

Brown said he believed “existing law — which requires citizenship for these forms of public service — is the better path,” according to the Los Angeles Times.

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California state Sen. Ricardo Lara and Assemblywoman Wendy Carrillo, both Democrats, introduced the legislation.

The bill would have struck the phrase “transient aliens” from the government code, which first appeared in an 1872 provision to prevent mainly Chinese immigrants from holding civil positions, according to the LA Times. 

California has taken some of the most progressive stances and is at the epicenter of the left’s battle against the Trump administration’s immigration policies.

The state and the administration have repeatedly feuded over California’s “sanctuary cities,” or cities that limit cooperation with federal immigration authorities in order to protect low-priority undocumented immigrants from deportation. They still turn over high-priority immigrants in the country illegally. 

“California’s sanctuary policies are illegal and unconstitutional and put the safety and security of our entire nation at risk. Thousands of dangerous & violent criminal aliens are released as a result of sanctuary policies, set free to prey on innocent Americans. THIS MUST STOP!” Trump tweeted in March.