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Newsom signs law protecting undocumented crime victims from deportation

Coming forward to report a serious crime can no longer get you deported in California.

On Tuesday, Gov. Gavin Newsom signed Assembly Bill 1261, dubbed the “Immigrant Rights Act,” his office announced.

The bill, which was authored by Los Angeles County District Attorney George Gascón and sponsored by Assembly Member Miguel Santiago (D-Los Angeles), is designed to encourage undocumented immigrants who are victims of crime to come forward without fear of being turned over to immigration officials.