Despite federal immigration laws already inked into law books, the former “Golden State” aka California continued its fight with the GOP/Trump/Rule of Law by penning SB54 declaring state law enforcement is forbidden to work with its federal counterparts when it comes to illegal immigration. Yes, Governor Jerry Brown made California a sanctuary state for illegal aliens, including those who have been convicted of multiple felonies.
According to Immigration Customs Enforcement (ICE) Acting Director Tom Homan, “The new law will undermine public safety and hinder ICE from performing its federally mandated mission. The governor is simply wrong when he claims otherwise. SB54 will negatively impact ICE operations in California by nearly eliminating all cooperation and communication with our law enforcement partners in the state, voiding the delegated authority that the Orange County Sheriff’s Office has under the 287g program, and prohibiting local law enforcement from contracting with the federal government to house detainees.”
In an effort to enforce federal law, ICE says its agents will now be forced to conduct more workplace and home raids. Those raids will come with lots of consequences.
“ICE will have no choice but to conduct at-large arrests in local neighborhoods and at work sites, which will inevitably result in additional collateral arrests, instead of focusing on arrests at jails and prisons where transfers are safer for ICE officers and the community. ICE will also likely have to detain individuals arrested in California in detention facilities outside of the state, far from any family they may have in California.”
So, in a nutshell, the new “state” law will have adverse effects on the very people they are claiming to protect. The mindless politicos in Cali, don’t realize the new law acts as a magnet for future illegal immigration at the expense of the taxpayers.
Homan explains, “Despite the severe challenges that this law creates for ICE, we remain committed to our public safety mission and we will continue to do our sworn duty to seek out dangerous criminal aliens and other immigration violators. ICE seeks straightforward cooperation with all sheriffs and local elected officials. This misguided legislation will severely undermine those efforts.”
Democratic Senator and President Pro Tem Kevin de León introduced the California bill shortly after the 2016 election cycle. During the campaign, President Trump pledged to expedite deportations of criminal illegals.
To make matters worse, Governor Brown diluted federal law and insisted the new law widened acceptable convictions to avoid lawful deportations. SB54 now includes 65 different violent felonies covering more than 800 crimes.
During the signing statement, the governor said, “These are uncertain times for undocumented citizens and their families, and this bill strikes a balance that will protect public safety while bringing a measure of comfort to those families who are now living in fear every day.”
At a coinciding press conference, the bill’s author de Leon said, “California’s local law enforcement cannot be commandeered and used by the Trump Administration to tear families apart, undermine our safety, and wreak havoc on our economy.”
The Sacramento Bee highlighted a few provisions in the law:
▪ Law enforcement cannot inquire about an individual’s immigration status.
▪ Law enforcement cannot detain someone on a hold request for the federal government unless there’s a felony warrant or the person has been convicted of other crimes.
▪ Law enforcement cannot arrest someone for a civil immigration warrant alone.
▪ Law enforcement cannot be deputized as immigration agents.
▪ Law enforcement cannot participate in border patrol activities.
▪ Law enforcement cannot participate in joint task forces with the federal government if the primary purpose is immigration enforcement.
▪ Law enforcement cannot notify the federal government of someone’s release or transfer someone to federal custody unless there is a federal warrant or the person has been convicted of one of the more than 800 crimes listed in a revised Trust Act.
Speaking of border activities, the House Homeland Security committee just passed legislation that included $10 billion to finish construction of a “big, beautiful wall.” President Trump’s campaign promise comes with a major caveat – US taxpayers will pay for the wall, not Mexico, as advertised.
If the congressional bill makes it to the floor for a full vote it will likely face a partisan vote. Committee Chairman Michael McCaul, (R-TX) said, “We have been talking about border security for so many years and now we finally have a chance to get this done. We finally have a partner in the White House who has prioritized this issue. It’s time for Congress to do its part and get this done.”
However, Democrats have loudly criticized any attempt made by Republicans to finish the border wall.
“It is a $15 billion boondoggle that abandons past bipartisan efforts to stop throwing money at the border in an ad-hoc way in favor of strategically deploying resources,” Congressman Bennie Thompson, (D-Miss) said.
Taking a different stance Congressman Filemon Vela, (D-TX) said the legislation could impact wildlife located in his Texas district including butterflies.
What the proposed legislation does include is a new border wall system using a wall, fencing, technology, air assets and other barriers. As well as $5 billion to modernize ports of entry, hiring another 5,000 Border Patrol agents, and 5,000 Customs and Border Protection officers.
Ultimately, California can’t trump federal immigration jurisdiction. Some question whether the sanctuary state provision should include a referendum for a tax increase to cover the expected loss of federal revenue. The question lawmakers should be asking is who incurs the additional costs illegal immigrants encounter? Also what about the diverted taxpayer revenue that Cali spends to protect people who are not citizens, let alone legal residents?
Speaking of some of those expenses, according to the Los Angeles Times, “at least 481 people have been infected (with Hepatitis A) and 17 have died in San Diego of the infection since November. Another 88 cases have been identified in Santa Cruz and Los Angeles counties, where Hepatitis A outbreaks have been declared. A private company was hired in September to deliver portable hand-washing stations in locations where homeless residents tend to congregate.” Again, who is paying for the added medical cases?
While San Diego’s proactive measures should be reassuring, the disease continues to spread and many health professionals are perplexed by the growing transmissions.
According to Dr. Monique Foster of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s division of viral hepatitis, “in San Diego this last week for a national infectious disease conference, she said there is no national standard in place for affected communities.”
This issue is just one more, of the many costs, taxpayers incur when those seeking a better life enter America country unlawfully.
In the end, the federal government has EXCLUSIVE jurisdiction in all matters pertaining to immigration and naturalization so a major battle in the courts is forthcoming.