On Thursday, the California Senate passed a bill that will attempt to shield illegal immigrants from status checks by local police. Supporters have nicknamed it the "anti-Arizona" bill. They could have just as well nicknamed it the "anti-American" bill.

The bill was approved by a Democrat let state Senate 21-13. "Today's vote signals to the nation that California cannot afford to be another Arizona," Assemblyman Tom Ammiano said in a statement. "The bill also limits unjust and onerous detentions for deportation in local jails of community members who do not pose a threat to public safety."

According to Town Hall,

The bill has the backing of about 100 immigrant rights groups, police chiefs and mayors. It has already passed the Democrat-controlled state Assembly in a 47-26 vote and will go back to the Assembly for a concurrence vote following the summer recess before heading to Democratic Governor Jerry Brown.

The measure seeks to create a national model to counter what backers say is racial profiling inherent in a part of Arizona's crackdown on illegal immigration that was allowed to stand by the U.S. Supreme Court last week.

In passing the bill, California stands apart not only from Arizona, but also Alabama, Georgia, Indiana, South Carolina and Utah, which have all adopted strict laws in the past two years to try to discourage illegal immigrants from settling in their states.

California's bill also seeks to push back against a federal program called Secure Communities, which supporters of Thursday's bill say shares similar principles to Arizona's law.

There is no question that California Democrats are following their party's leader in politicizing the immigration issue for votes and that they have used this bill as a put down to the people of Arizona who actually want the immigration laws that are on the books to be enforced, not ignored.

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