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. Last Friday, a federal judge ruled that the Attorney General Jeff Sessions couldn’t withhold grant money from cities that had adopted this policy. The rationale behind the policy was so that it could afford illegal aliens protections from deportation if they came forward with information about a crime. There’s literally zero anecdotal evidence to prove this, as stated by the National Sheriffs’ Association.
California is degrading citizenship, degrading our borders, and our laws. Then again, it’s what would you expect from a liberal cesspool. The state is opening the floodgates.