In the last week California passed historic legislation known as the “sanctuary state” bill.
As reported by the Los Angeles Times, its intent is to “protect immigrants without legal residency in the U.S.” and “counter expanded deportation orders under the Trump administration.”
This bill will take effect in January.
How does this work? What does it look like?
It would “limit state and local law enforcement communication with federal immigration authorities, and prevent officers from questioning and holding people on immigration violations.”
It also makes it a crime “to enforce federal immigration laws on premises of all schools, hospitals, libraries, and courthouses in state, which is home to an estimated two million immigrants.”
According to the Free Beacon, however, Governor Jerry Brown’s arm wrestling match with President Trump over immigration has put Californians’ safety in jeopardy:
[L]aw enforcement officials say it’s the state’s citizens who will pay the price with higher crime rates and avoidable tragedies.
National Sheriffs’ Association Executive Director and CEO Jonathan Thompson said Thursday that sheriffs across the country are deeply “saddened and disappointed” that the governor signed this “reckless” bill into law.
“It is unfortunate that California’s law enforcement has become pawns in this political game, but they will continue to do their jobs diligently to protect their communities,” he said.
“We also implore leaders in Washington to take action and pass sensible legislation that would prevent careless legislation from hamstringing law enforcement and would give them the tools to combat dangerous policies like this.”
Most of the state’s sheriffs argue that the law limits their ability to remove dangerous, repeat offenders from their communities…
…Sheriffs said the law would prevent police from notifying ICE of self-admitted members of MS-13 or other gangs if they were arrested for misdemeanor crimes such as assault and battery, possession of narcotics, being under the influence of narcotics, or driving without a license.
In addition to that, there is great leniency with drunk driving cases as well. In order for drunk driving to be considered felonious activity, a driver must be arrested four times in one decade. Not once, but four times.
In other words, “police can only call federal immigration authorities if they arrest an illegal immigrant with a violent felony on his or her record.” So what they have done is make the threshold for a felony offense much higher.
Thus, a drunken illegal immigrant can drive, put lives in danger, and be arrested up to four times before their name would be handed over to the federal immigration authorities.
The Justice Department is beside themselves with this legislation.
Devin O’Malley, the spokesman for the Justice Department stated:
The State of California has now codified a commitment to returning criminal aliens back onto our streets, which undermines public safety, national security, and law enforcement…
…Given the multiple high-profile incidents that have occurred in California in recent years, it is especially disappointing that state leaders have made it law to limit cooperation between local jurisdictions and immigration authorities attempting to keep Californians safe.”
It is a pretty sad day when liberal pride trumps the safety and welfare of the public.
Governor Brown isn’t just opposing Trump’s immigration policy, he is opposing the safety of Americans while pandering to a population that is not even here within the bounds of the law.
What happens next, now that California will be a sanctuary state?