Supporters of California’s newly-minted status as a sanctuary state for illegal aliens have predictably hailed the move as an act of compassion. However, it’s time to call this what it truly is: an act of rebellion by a state against the authority of the federal government that will endanger the lives of law enforcement officials and California residents.
SB 54, the landmark bill which was passed last October and went into effect this month, bans local officials from asking about a person’s immigration status. Golden State law enforcement will only be allowed to cooperate with federal authorities regarding individuals who have been convicted of committing a specified list of felonies or misdemeanors.
“So what?” the open borders lobby might respond. California already has 35 communities that proclaim sanctuary status, so SB 54 will not significantly change anything. That is a staggering gamble for Gov. Jerry Brown and the state legislature to play with the lives of California’s more than 39 million residents. Make no mistake, word of this law will spread quickly in the illegal alien community and make California the nation’s most popular destination for illegal aliens. The result is likely to be an even larger influx of illegal aliens. Among that population will be those who will commit violent crimes. That means more Californians will meet the same fate as Kate Steinle and Jamiel Shaw II: killed by an illegal alien who was drawn to their communities by sanctuary policies.
Despite those risks, Brown proudly signed the bill last year. He also left a supporting note extolling the virtues of the law.
“In enshrining these new protections, it is important to note what the bill does not do,” Brown wrote. “This bill does not prevent or prohibit Immigration and Customs Enforcement or the Department of Homeland Security from doing their own work in any way … nor does it prevent cooperation in deportation proceedings for anyone in state prison or for those in local jails.”
By Dale Wilcox for THE HILL
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