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California Initiative to Require State Law Enforcement Officers to Enforce Federal Immigration Laws (2012)

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A California Initiative to Require State Law Enforcement Officers to Enforce Federal Immigration Laws (#11-0053, #11-0065) had been approved for circulation in California as an initiated state statute. To earn a spot on the state's 2012 ballot, sponsors of the initiative would have had to collect 504,760 signatures.

However, sponsors of the initiative did not submit signatures by their signature-filing deadline.

If approved, the initiative would have:

  • Required state and local law enforcement to "comply with direction from federal immigration authorities for holding and transferring undocumented immigrants arrested by law enforcement officials."
  • Required a commitment from law enforcement agencies to perform federal immigration functions.
  • Denied driver's licenses to undocumented immigrants.
  • Prohibited law enforcement from justifying arrests "solely because an individual over age fifteen was driving without a license."
  • Provided $35 million annually, for 20 years, to the California Department of Justice for fighting crimes related to transnational gangs.

Text of measure

See also: Ballot titles, summaries and fiscal statements for California's 2012 ballot propositions

Ballot title:

Undocumented Immigrants. Requires State Law Enforcement Officers to Enforce Federal Immigration Law. Denies Driver's Licenses to Undocumented Immigrants. Initiative Statute.

Official summary:

"Requires state and local law enforcement to comply with direction from federal immigration authorities for holding and transferring undocumented immigrants arrested by law enforcement officials. Requires commitment for law enforcement agencies to perform federal immigration functions. Denies driver's licenses to undocumented immigrants. Prohibits law enforcement from justifying arrests solely because an individual over age fifteen was driving without a license. Provides $35,000,000 annually, for 20 years, to the California Department of Justice for fighting crimes related to transnational gangs."

Summary of estimated fiscal impact:

See also: Fiscal impact statements for California's 2012 ballot propositions

(This is a summary of the initiative's estimated "fiscal impact on state and local government" prepared by the California Legislative Analyst's Office and the Director of Finance.)

"Increased state costs of $35 million annually from 2013-14 through 2032-33 to provide funding for investigation of transnational gang criminal activity. Increased state and local law enforcement costs, potentially reaching several millions of dollars annually, for detaining persons suspected of being unlawfully present in the U.S. and for complying with an agreement required by this measure between the state and the federal government."

Path to the ballot

See also: California signature requirements

Hilton submitted two versions of the proposed initiative, but withdrew Version #11-0053 before the Attorney General of California's office issued a ballot title.

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