California In Chaos: Cities, Counties Revolt Against Jerry Brown Sanctuary State Law
California lawmakers are much further to the left than most Californians and that problem has caused a war between the local municipalities and the nutjobs in the capital. The anti-“sanctuary state” movement is picking up steam.
The California Sanctuary State law prohibits state and local police agencies from notifying federal officials. Even in cases where immigrants are subject to deportation are about to be released from custody.
Just more than a week after the Los Alamitos city council voted to defy California’s Sanctuary State law protecting illegal immigrants, Orange County is poised to join President Trump to fight Jerry Brown’s new state law.
“These state laws are preempted by federal law,” Orange County Supervisor Shawn Nelson said. “Our officers actually face penalties under state law if they so much as talk to federal agents for the wrong thing. That’s just unacceptable and it’s contrary to federal law.”
It has been reported, and as well, through my own California political connections, that a firestorm is about to open up as many cities and counties follow suit.
It will be Jerry Brown against President Trump and the Federal Government…
Joined by a number of California cities and counties…
On Tuesday, Orange County supervisors will consider whether to take up a resolution to condemn and possibly take legal action against the state’s “sanctuary” laws.
Supervisor Nelson said he’ll broach in closed session whether to join a federal lawsuit against the state or launch its own litigation.
The resolution was initially brought on by Orange County Supervisor Michelle Steel. It condemns the state’s sanctuary laws. She later added wording that would direct the county’s public counsel to take legal action.
“We cannot allow this to happen in Orange County and we need to protect our families and our homes here in Orange County,” she said.
“And that means bolstering our cooperation with federal immigration enforcement and stopping our county from becoming a sanctuary for criminal illegal immigrants.”
Orange County Sheriff Sandra Hutchens also spoke out in opposition to the Sanctuary City law. On Monday, Hutchens made illegal inmate release dates public.
“We have an obligation to safeguard our community and we will use every tool available to help hold criminals accountable,” said Orange County Undersheriff Don Barnes. “Our inability to relinquish these individuals to the custody of ICE causes them to be returned to the communities which they prey upon.”
Other cities in Orange County, including Yorba Linda, Buena Park, Huntington Beach and Mission Viejo are also starting to take action against the state’s sanctuary laws. Other civic leaders have spoken out. A large number of California sheriffs have also spoken out.
But there’s more…
On Monday, Texas and more than a dozen other states led by Republican governors got behind the Trump administration. They filed an amicus brief in support of a lawsuit against California’s sanctuary laws.
The Trump administration has gone to federal court to invalidate the state law. Trump states they blatantly obstruct federal immigration law. Thus they violate the Constitution’s supremacy clause. It gives federal law precedence over state measures. That case is pending.
The “California Values Act” went into effect at the start of this year.
It established the state as the premier destination for illegal immigrants who want to circumvent federal law. The law places a whole slew of limits on state and local police designed to prevent them from cooperating with federal law enforcement to deport illegals from the country, including but not limited to:
1) Restricting police from detaining illegal aliens in response to requests from federal immigration authorities
2) Prohibiting them from asking anyone they interact with about whether or not they are in the U.S. illegally
3) Preventing them from using their money and law enforcement personnel to “investigate, interrogate, detain, detect, or arrest persons for immigration enforcement purposes”
State Sen. Kevin de León, who wrote the Sanctuary State law, claims the cities are being racist. Nuff Said!
A self-identified legal immigrant gave a better response:
“And I’m hoping and praying that this is the first city, and I’m hoping and praying that other cities will wake up and put the American people first. We need to put the American agenda first. It has nothing to do with color. I’m brown. I’m from El Salvador. It has nothing to do with immigration — it has to do with legal and illegal.”
This should be fun. Get the popcorn!