California: America’s Newest Sanctuary State And Troll Target
On January 1st, 2018 California, home to an estimated 2.3 million illegal immigrants, became the second state in the U.S. to claim victory as a sanctuary state, Oregon was the first declared sanctuary state back in 1987.
California is known as the laid back, easy going, let-it-ride, let’s-get-high, kind of state, so it’s no wonder they want to be the kind of place for illegals to come and relax.
Gov. Jerry Brown signed SB54, the so-called “sanctuary state” bill, along with nearly a dozen other immigration-related bills on October 5th, 2017. The law, which went into effect January 1st, prohibits state and local law enforcement from arresting people on civil immigration warrants or to inquire about a suspect’s immigration status, among other details.
This means that police are now barred from asking people about their immigration status or participating in immigration enforcement activities. However, officials will still be able to work with federal immigration authorities if a person has been convicted of one of about 800 crimes (mostly felonies and misdemeanors that can be charged as felonies). But they will be barred from transferring immigrants to federal authorities if their rap sheet includes only minor offenses.
Not everyone appreciates California’s easy going viewpoint on illegal immigrants. An unidentified unhappy patron thought it would be funny to place a paper covering over a San Bernardino County sign that greeted Interstate 15 travelers with the words “Felons, Illegals and MS-13 Welcome! Democrats Need The Votes!” A similar sign was put up just west of Needles near the Arizona state line. Both included the California state seal and a Democratic Party logo.
The I-15 paper was removed on Monday along with the one west of Needles. Two more signs near the Oregon border were investigated, and a search for one rumored to be on I-95 north of Lake Havasu proved unsuccessful. Whoever this troll was who printed and put up the signs, clearly made their point and said what many Americans were thinking.
The Trump administration threatens subpoenas and grant cuts if the jurisdictions can’t prove they are complying with federal immigration rules.
In January ICE agents raided 100 7-Eleven stores nationwide and made 21 arrests of suspected illegal immigrants. The raid highlights ICE acting director Thomas Homan’s call for a “400 percent increase” in agency operations focusing on workplaces, the paper reported.
“If you think ICE is going away, we’re not. There’s no sanctuary from federal law enforcement,” Homan said at the beginning of January, referring to California’s sanctuary state status. “They’re about to see a lot more special agents, a lot more deportation officers in the state…if the politicians in California don’t want to protect their communities then ICE will.”