“There is a Revolution going on in California,” President Trump tweeted on Wednesday. “Soooo many Sanctuary areas want OUT of this ridiculous, crime infested & breeding concept. Jerry Brown is trying to back out of the National Guard at the Border, but the people of the State are not happy. Want Security & Safety NOW!”
Our commander-in-chief is rarely wrong, and he certainly called it correct in this tweet. There is indeed something going on out in California. This week, Los Alamitos voted for the second time to pass an ordinance exempting itself from the new sanctuary laws that went into effect in January. And in what might be even bigger news, the San Diego Board of Supervisors voted to support the Trump administration in their lawsuit against the state.
Said lawsuit, brought by the Justice Department last month, targets the new laws as being outside the realm of a state’s local rights. The DOJ argues that California is not just restricting their law enforcement officers from actively participating in deportation raids and other means of enforcing federal law, but are indeed coercing them into defying federal immigration law. While the laws still give police the option of allowing ICE into their local jails, they are prohibited from keeping illegal immigrant detainees in jail even one extra day at the request of the federal government. Furthermore, the law – SB54 – bans business owners from cooperating with federal immigration agents in any way.
Critics of the DOJ lawsuit – and of counties that are filing briefs in support of the Trump administration – continue to use the tired liberal line of “this will make illegal immigrants fearful of contacting the police.” We really can’t help but laugh whenever they trot this one out. Fact is, you can ask any officer in any immigrant-heavy city in America and they’ll tell you flat-out that whether it’s a sanctuary city or not, illegal immigrants ALREADY do not talk to the police. California’s outrageous laws aren’t going to change that.
Put plainly, California is in defiance of the U.S. Constitution, and it’s time for the courts to slap them back into compliance before this gets completely out of hand. God knows how many illegal immigrant CRIMINALS have been released back onto the streets just over the last few months. God knows how many criminals have been lured across the border by the knowledge that, if they can just set themselves up in Cali, they’ll be virtually immune to deportation.
These sanctuary laws make California residents less safe and the country as a whole less safe. They do this only to protect people who don’t belong here to begin with. That’s wrong no matter how you slice it, and it makes us unendingly happy to see that at least a few of the state’s communities have finally had enough.