Jason Clark Urges Gov. Brown to Veto Ammiano’s Bill Preventing Deportation of Dangerous Felons

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Jason Clark, candidate for State Assembly, urged Governor Brown to veto AB 1081. The bill, authored by Assemblyman Tom Ammiano, prohibits local law enforcement officials in California from cooperating with immigration officials, with the sole exception that a 48-hour "immigration hold" can be placed on some individuals.

As reported in the San Francisco Chronicle and the Sacramento Bee, AB-1081, authored by Assemblymember Tom Ammiano, passed the Assembly by a vote of 48 to 26 and will be sent to the Governor’s desk for his signature.

The bill would prohibit any law enforcement official in California at the county or local level from cooperating with immigration officials – with the sole exception that they could detain an undocumented immigrant for a 48 hour “immigration hold” if that individual were in custody for a charge or convicted of a serious or violent felony. (Cal. Assembly 1081, 2011-2012, Reg. Sess. (August 22, 2012) See Sec 7282(c)) An undocumented immigrant convicted of any other type of felony or a misdemeanor would be automatically released upon serving his or her time in prison or jail. (Id)

Jason P. Clark, who is challenging Assemblyman Ammiano this November, issued the following statement:

"The bill that Mr. Ammiano introduced and managed to pass through the California Legislature is an affront to every law-abiding resident of California, citizen and non-citizen alike. This radical proposal would allow for the release of thousands of undocumented felons to the public after they have served their time, where they can again become a threat to the public safety of every Californian upon their release.

"Additionally, the bill has a loophole that if a local jurisdiction enacts a law or policy prohibiting any cooperation with immigration officials, an undocumented immigrant convicted of a serious or violent felony would not be subject to an “immigration hold.”

"The reckless actions of Mr. Ammiano in the California Legislature in part motivated me to run for office.

"I call upon Governor Brown to veto this truly dangerous proposal and for the common sense voters of District 17 (the eastern half of San Francisco) to send Mr. Ammiano into an early retirement this November."

Jason P. Clark, a native Californian, received his B.A. from the University of California – Berkeley, and his JD from the University of San Francisco. He is currently a practicing attorney and a resident of Cole Valley.

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