The immigrant-loving left in California has made a great deal of noise about all of the law enforcement support Gov. Jerry Brown supposedly has behind his decision to sign “Sanctuary State” legislation, which he did last week. Touting police unions who helped negotiate the final wording of the bill, Democrats are trying their best to pretend that only Republican politicians and racist Trump supporters oppose the governor’s position – one which says that local and state police should give federal immigration authorities the cold shoulder.
Like much of what comes out of the left, it’s a blatant lie.
The truth is that many California sheriffs are outraged by the new law, and they want Republicans in Washington to put a stop to the state’s recklessness. Warning that Brown’s law will make it all the more likely that another Kate Steinle will be killed by an illegal immigrant, they are asking the GOP Congress to step in a pass a law forbidding California’s sanctuary status.
Brown’s law, which will go into effect in January, is the most wide-reaching legislation of its kind. Going further and wider than the rules put in place by cities like San Francisco and Chicago, the law will prevent police and city officials from granting detainer requests sent by federal immigration authorities. In other words, if they arrest an illegal immigrant and ICE asks them to keep them in jail pursuant to deportation, it’s a no-go. Not only will police officials be DISCOURAGED from cooperating, they literally won’t be allowed to.
The law goes even further than that, making it a crime for federal immigration authorities to make arrests on school grounds, in courthouses, at hospitals, or in libraries.
In the immediate aftermath of the signing, several prominent California lawmen spoke out against Brown’s decision. Jonathan Thompson, the CEO of the National Sheriffs’ Association, said that law enforcement leaders across the country were “saddened” by the legislation.
“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 in a statement Thursday. “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.”
The Justice Department also blasted the law, saying it would only have the effect of making the country less safe for law-abiding citizens.
“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,” said DOJ spokesman Devin O’Malley. “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.”