Assemblyman Tom Ammiano, D-San Francisco says""The fact that you're undocumented doesn't make you a criminal." - (source: sfgate.com)
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AB1081, known as the Trust Act, would allow California to opt out of some parts of the federal Secure Communities program. That program requires local law enforcement officers to check the fingerprints of people they arrest against a federal immigration database and hold those who are in the country illegally. (source: www.sfgate.com)
When Governor Brown signs this Bill, it would prohibit the local enforcement officers to initiate a deportation proceedings for someone who is undocumented. This would mean that local enforcement officers can focus their time and efforts to actual criminals that are also contributing to the drain of tax money, and instead use the money for the benefit of the whole State of California and its citizens.
Of course, the opponents of this Bill will decry the usual anti-immigrants mentality, instead of looking what these people have contributed to the economy of the State or the country. Provided, there was no criminal records, their option to apply for legitimate migration would be the better consideration so that they can progress economically, use their talents and skills for the benefit of the country as a whole and support the economy. There is nothing wrong with that?