- Associated Press - Monday, May 22, 2017

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - The California Assembly has approved a bill to bar landlords from threatening to call immigration authorities on tenants.

Lawmakers voted 46-15 to send the bill to the state Senate.

The bill is one of two measures introduced by a San Francisco Democrat that would to regulate how landlords and private business owners interact with federal immigration agents.

AB291 by Assemblyman David Chiu would prohibit landlords from disclosing tenants’ immigration status.

Chiu also authored a measure currently in an Assembly committee to prohibit employers from allowing federal immigration agents into their offices or files without a warrant.

Chiu says the measures will protect against mass deportation of immigrants. His bills are among several measures proposed by California lawmakers to thwart President Donald Trump’s vow to crack down on illegal immigration.

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