Senate concurs in Assembly amendments to bill that prohibits mention of immigration status in open court

The Senate, this week, overwhelmingly voted to concur in Assembly amendments to SB 785 by Senator Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco) which would prohibit the disclosure of a person’s immigration status in open court in criminal and civil actions unless the party seeking the disclosure requests a confidential in-camera hearing and the court determines that the evidence is relevant and admissible.

The vote was 31-6.

CNPA is the sole opponent to the bill.

CNPA opposes the measure because it does not follow well established Constitutional principles for closing courtrooms and prohibits the public from being present when attorneys and judgest probe the credibility of witnesses and the responses to the questions that are asked.

The bill was introduced to protect undocumented individuals from being identified, arrested and detained by Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents who have increasingly used California courthouses to search for suspected undocumented immigrants for deportation purposes.

SB 785 heads to the Governor who will have 10 days to sign or veto it after it reaches his desk.