Mexico diplomat praises young immigrants

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The Latest on California’s efforts to prevent a Trump administration crackdown on illegal immigration and an order to end a program giving deportation protection to young immigrants brought to the U.S. illegally or by parents who overstayed visas.

4:30 p.m.

Mexico’s top diplomat says it would be a “gift” for young immigrants brought to the United States as children to return to Mexico but that the U.S. Congress should work out a solution to allow them to stay.

Mexico Foreign Relations Secretary Luis Videgaray is on a two-day trip to California that includes stops in Sacramento and Los Angeles before he travels to Washington.

Videgaray says hundreds of thousands of Mexicans are covered under a program granting temporary legal protections to immigrants brought to the U.S. illegally as children or by parents who overstayed visas. He says he and Mexican diplomats are writing to and meeting with members of Congress urging them to make the program permanent following President Donald Trump’s announcement it will end in six months.

He says Mexico would value the return of educated, hardworking young people but that most of them wish to stay in the United States.

Videgaray says he also discussed climate change and the North American Free Trade Agreement, which is being renegotiated, with Gov. Jerry Brown.

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4 p.m.

California Gov. Jerry Brown and the state’s top Senate leader have agreed to legislation that would further restrict interactions between state and local law enforcement officers and federal immigration agents.

Senate President Pro Tem Kevin de Leon on Monday agreed to changes demanded by Brown following fierce opposition from sheriffs and other law-enforcement officials.

The legislation will now preserve the ability of law officers to cooperate on federal task forces as long as the task forces do not specifically target immigration enforcement.

Police and jail officials would be able to notify U.S. immigration agents if they detain people with convictions for some 800 crimes on their records.

The Assembly and Senate have until Friday to approve the measure.

U.S. Immigrations and Customs Enforcement had no immediate comment.

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2:40 p.m.

California may soon prevent landlords from reporting tenants to federal immigration enforcement under a bill approved by the state Legislature.

Lawmakers in the Assembly voted 49-18 Monday to send the bill to Gov. Jerry Brown.

It’s the latest in a series of actions by California officials have taken to…

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