As California makes it its personal mission to beat back President Donald Trump’s policies, one of the most closely watched bills in the Legislature is San Diego Sen. Ben Hueso’s measure to provide legal counsel to immigrants facing deportation.
The bill, SB 6, got its first hearing to a packed crowd this week in the Senate Judiciary Committee.
Perhaps the most contentious piece of the bill is an amendment stipulating the benefit would be limited to people with no violent criminal convictions.
“That clause was put in there to address concerns that we have limited state resources,” Tanya Duggan, a spokeswoman for Hueso, told me.
One immigration attorney representing the San Francisco public defender’s office testified against the bill for that reason.