California Gov. Jerry Brown flew in the face of federal law Thursday when he signed no less than 11 immigration-related bills in to law, including a bill that effectively makes California a sanctuary state.
— Gov. Brown Press Ofc (@GovPressOffice) October 5, 2017
SB54, also known as the California Values Act, was written by California Senate President Kevin de León. It “bars law enforcement officers from arresting individuals based on civil immigration warrants, asking about a person’s immigration status, or participating in any joint task force with federal officials for the purpose of enforcing immigration laws.” Additionally, it “bars local jails from contracting with the federal government to house their detainees and holding immigrants for any reason if they are cleared for release on their state criminal cases.”
However, the bill does not prohibit Immigration and Customs Enforcement or the Department of Homeland Security from enforcing federal immigration laws in California. Instead, the bill states that California will refrain from using its own law enforcement to enforce federal law.
Brown said the new laws will ensure the “hardworking people who contribute to our state are respected,” while de León said the bill “will put a large kink in Trump’s perverse and inhumane deportation machine.”
It’s truly sad that Brown is standing in defiance of President Trump in effort to protect people who are illegally taking advantage of America’s freedoms and endangering the lives of law-abiding citizens. Thomas Homan, the acting director of ICE, said in a statement last month, “Disturbingly, the legislation serves to codify a dangerous policy that deliberately obstructs our country’s immigration laws and shelters serious criminal alien offenders.”
The California State Sheriffs’ Association also opposes the bill. Association President Bill Brown said he will continue to push for changes to problematic portions of the bill, including measures “restricting our communications with federal law enforcement about the release of wanted, undocumented criminals from our jails, including repeat drunk drivers, persons who assault peace officers, serial thieves, animal abusers, known gang members and other serious offenders.”
While not all illegals are violent criminals, they are indeed criminals – they are here illegally. Why is that so difficult for liberals to understand? Furthermore, now that illegals know they’re essentially untouchable under California law, it’s a complete incentive to commit further crimes. If the crime rate rises in California after Jan. 1, when the law takes effect, don’t be surprised.
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