Yet another California city has voted against the lawless Democrats of Sacramento. On Monday, the Carlsbad city council voted 4-1 to join the Trump administration’s lawsuit against the state of California, the latest in a series of local governments that have opposed the state’s new sanctuary laws protecting illegal immigrants from deportation. Carlsbad is near San Diego, which has also joined the Department of Justice’s efforts to nullify California’s new laws.
“Our laws are becoming more difficult to enforce,” said Carlsbad Mayor Matt Hall in supporting the vote. “It takes many agencies working together to keep us safe.”
The city council meeting drew supporters and detractors. One former Marine, Glenn Bernard, told the San Diego Union-Tribune that California was flirting with disaster as it passed pro-illegal immigration legislation.
“I cannot see the difference between a sanctuary state and a secessionist state,” Bernard told the paper.
In addition to Carlsbad and San Diego, multiple other cities have joined the effort against Sacramento’s sanctuary laws, which went into effect in January. Some, like Los Alamitos, have voted to no longer abide by the laws. Others, like Orange County, have signed on to the lawsuit against the state. Escondido and Huntington Beach have also voted to take action against the sanctuary laws.
City council members in Carlsbad and elsewhere are concerned that the state’s sanctuary laws put their residents in danger and put local law enforcement officials on the wrong side of the U.S. Constitution. As the retired Marine said, there is a thin line between actively refusing to cooperate with federal agents and outright secession. This isn’t, say, the legal marijuana debate, where it is understood that the Supremacy Clause is in effect and the feds can come in whenever they want and shut the whole thing down. This is a state taking active efforts to thwart ICE, make it as difficult as possible for them to carry out their duties, all the while sending a clear message to would-be fence-jumpers south of the border: Come on in, we’ll take care of you.
It’s clear to anyone that the status quo is unacceptable. The courts will ultimately decide whether or not California has the legal right to force local officials to shut off cooperation with the feds, and hopefully those courts will make a decision that doesn’t destroy the fabric of our union. We’re all for the rights of states to be self-determined, but our status as a country depends on the fact that those rights are limited. And when you’re talking about illegal immigration, you’re talking about a problem that does not end at California’s borders. Sacramento doesn’t have the right to make life worse for neighboring states.
There is a groundswell in California of people saying the obvious: We as Americans deserve a strong, protected border. It’s disheartening that the left has fooled so many people into believing otherwise.