Public defender's offices across California are in need of immigration law training and resources, a demand that a state lawmaker says has been made more pressing under President Donald Trump and his threat of massive deportations.
Speaking before members of the Assembly Public Safety Committee on Monday, Assemblyman Rob Bonta (D-Oakland) urged support for a bill that he said would provide critical immigration resources to criminal defense lawyers working on the front lines. His legislation seeks to create regional and statewide resource centers to provide immigration law training and advice for court-appointed criminal defense attorneys.
SACRAMENTO -- Many California lawmakers are not threatened by the president's threats to defund the state over sanctuary cities. Some are moving forward with a bill to make all of California a "sanctuary state."
…State Sen. Bob Hertzberg, D-Van Nuys, and Assemblyman Rob Bonta, D-Oakland, are working together to reform state laws that disrupt lives for no good reason. When poor people can’t make bail, they can lose jobs, their time in class and their ability to support and be with loved ones. The toll this takes in California and elsewhere is immense…
“You’re locked up solely because you don’t have enough money to arrange bail. But some wealthy guy — booked on a more serious charge than you — waltzes out onto the street the next day after writing a check and posting bail.” (LA Times)