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On behalf of Riley | Ersoff LLP posted on Tuesday, October 10, 2017.

This week, Gov. Jerry Brown signed legislation that made California a “sanctuary state” that offers protection to the state’s undocumented immigrants. This is the latest salvo in the immigration battle between the Trump administration and Gov. Brown.

The law, which will not be in effect until Jan. 1, 2018, prohibits police from asking those individuals they encounter what their green card/visa status is. Furthermore, California police will no longer be part of any immigration enforcement tactics initiated by federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents.

Officers and other personnel working in the state’s jails also won’t be permitted to transfer undocumented state inmates into federal custody if they were convicted on specific charges.

In his statement to the press and public, Brown said that “[t]hese are uncertain times for undocumented Californians and their families, and this bill strikes a balance [to] . . . protect public safety, [and bring] a measure of comfort to those families . . . living in fear.”

Additional bills the governor signed into laws this week add other protections for undocumented immigrants. Landlords can no longer report tenants’ immigration statuses to ICE agents under the new laws. Landlords also may not use their tenants’ undocumented status as a reason for eviction.

A San Francisco assemblyman said late last spring that “some unscrupulous landlords . . . have threatened to call ICE on tenants . . . they’re trying to evict, raise their rents or not deal with habitability or housing conditions.”

Immigration officers also can no longer go onto job sites or schools unless accompanied by warrants. Municipal governments are now barred from entering into contracts with companies working for profit alongside ICE to detain undocumented immigrants.

It’s a fact that California landlords can use some dirty tricks to take advantage of their tenants. If you have been victimized by a slumlord’s underhanded tactics, you may decide to pursue legal remedies.

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Victoria L. Ersoff

Victoria Ersoff is a litigation attorney with over 28 years’ experience on both sides of the courtroom, having represented both defendants and plaintiffs alike. Victoria’s proactive, innovative and aggressive approach to the practice of law has yielded an unbroken string of jury verdicts for her clients. She is nationally known for her expertise in all facets of toxic tort litigation and mass bacterial outbreaks including her handling of over 1,000 Legionnaires’ disease claims nationwide. Victoria is nationally known as the “go to” Legionnaires’ disease attorney. She has handled cases across the country including all facets of toxic tort litigation, catastrophic injuries and wrongful death.

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