California: Illegal Aliens Cannot Be Arrested if They are Crime Victims or Witnesses


In California, illegal aliens be exempt from arrest for immigration violations if they are crime victims or witnesses starting January 1st, under a new law signed Friday by Governor Jerry Brown.

According to the Associated Press:

The measure is one of several authored by state lawmakers to ensure people living in the country illegally who otherwise follow the law are not deterred from reporting crimes or serving as witnesses.

Police are already prohibited from detaining people who report or are assisting with investigations of hate crimes.

The new law, which takes effect Jan. 1, will extend the protection to victims and witnesses of all crimes unless police are executing a warrant.

It will also prohibit police from turning a crime victim or witness over to federal immigration authorities without a warrant.


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