Hawaii Senate Passes Bill to End State Support for Some Federal Immigration Enforcement

HONOLULU, Hawaii – (March 6, 2018) – Today, the Hawaii Senate passed a bill to end state cooperation with enforcement of some federal immigration laws.

A coalition of three Democrats introduced Senate Bill 2290 (SB2290) in January. The legislation is similar to the TRUST Act passed in California and Connecticut in 2013. The legislation would prohibit state law enforcement agencies from complying with federal immigration detainers unless specifically required to do so by a warrant signed by a judge.

SB2290 passed the Senate by a 23-2 vote.

The bill would allow law enforcement agencies honor a federal immigration detainer order without a warrant if the individual has been convicted of a felony or certain misdemeanors, if the individual was arrested on a felony charge and a judge has issued a ruling of probable cause, if there is probable cause to believe the individual has or is engaged in terrorist activity, or if there is probable cause to believe the individual illegally entered the U.S. after deportation.

The bill would bar state and local police from stopping, questioning, interrogating, investigating or arresting an individual based solely upon their actual or suspected immigration or based on a civil immigration …

Read more at The Tenth Amendment Center
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