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Tuesday, September 19, 2017
California Becomes A Sanctuary State
Hang on tight and enjoy the ride to Hell
(Townhall) - Well, Democratic Gov. Jerry Brown is about to make the entire state of California one giant safe space for illegal aliens. Over the weekend, the Democratic-controlled state legislature passed the California Value Act, which would bar state and local law enforcement from working with federal authorities on enforcing immigration laws. There was a minor tweak concerning when the state would work with federal law enforcement. The exception would be if an illegal were convicted of a violent crime.
State Republicans and the state’s sheriffs were opposed to this measure. It passed along party lines (via NPR):
In a move apparently meant to counter the Trump administration's tough approach to immigration enforcement, the California legislature approved a so-called "sanctuary state" bill Saturday that would establish new protections for people living in the country illegally.
The California Values Act would forbid state and local law enforcement agencies from providing information to or acting as the deputies for federal immigration authorities. The bill also prohibits police and sheriff officers from inquiring about a person's immigration status.
The bill was introduced just before President Trump's inauguration and met opposition from some in California law enforcement, including many local sheriffs who lobbied California Gov. Jerry Brown to intervene, as KQED's Scott Shafer reported.
The changes allowed state and local law enforcement to communicate with federal immigration authorities if a person has been convicted of certain crimes. Corrections officers would also be permitted to work with federal agencies.
The bill now heads to the governor's desk where he is expected to sign it.
Democrats used supermajorities in the state Capitol to pass the bill they saw as an expression of their support for California's estimated 2.3 million undocumented immigrants.
The fight over sanctuary status concerning immigration law is yet another legal battle facing the Trump administration.