By: Zack Duvall
In yet another defiant, and undeniably dangerous move, state lawmakers in California have filed legal documents challenging the Trump administration’s latest executive action on illegal immigration in federal court while at the same time passing “sanctuary state” legislation through the state house this past week.
The legislation passed by California lawmakers, on Saturday, is an effort by officials in California to counter recent gains by the Trump administration in the fight against illegal immigration that was running rampant in southern California and throughout the southwest.
The bill limits California’s state and local police agencies from sharing intelligence with federal immigration officials, a move intended to bolster protections for illegals in the state.
Acting ICE Director, Thomas Homan immediately issued a statement condemning the move by lawmakers as one that will ultimately make California’s communities “less safe” and strongly warned of “tragic” results with the passing of such laws.
“By passing this bill, Californian politicians have chosen to prioritize politics over public safety. Disturbingly, this legislation serves to codify a dangerous policy that deliberately obstructs our country’s immigration laws and shelters serious criminal offenders.” Homan said in the statement released Monday.
The new legislation adds numerous new restrictions and policy guidelines regarding officer interaction with potential illegal immigrants including:
- Prohibiting law enforcement officials from inquiring about the immigration status of suspects, or from participating in any form of immigration enforcement
- The cancellation of a policy that allowed for state law enforcement officers to be deputized by federal immigration authorities in times of large scale anti-illegal immigration operations
- Prohibits state funds or resources from being used to enforce federal immigration laws
The bill that passed on Saturday is the second version of the proposal, and was amended at the request of Governor Jerry Brown to allow for jail and prison officials to be able to continue work with federal authorities when dealing with individuals detained for crimes other than their illegal status.
A detail thought to have only been included to save face on the national level with various conservative and moderate groups slamming the state for the idiotic new law.
The Justice Department is expected to fight both the lawsuit and new legislation in federal courts.