California Bill shields the undocumented.

Assemblyman Tom Ammiano, D-S.F., the bill's chief sponsor, says "What we're trying to do here is to protect the innocent." Photo: Max Whittaker, Getty Images / SF

California state legislators passed a bill Friday that seeks to protect undocumented immigrants charged with relatively minor crimes from being deported.

The bill, by Assemblyman Tom Ammiano, D-San Francisco, would prohibit local police from detaining anyone on an immigration hold if the person is not charged with or has not been convicted of a serious or violent crime.

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