Acting Immigration and Customs Enforcement Director: California has “disturbingly” placed “politics over public safety”
As of Monday, an immigration law took effect in California, making it a sanctuary state and persistent opponent of President Trump’s immigration agenda. California has deliberately obstructed our country’s immigration laws and is jeopardizing the safety of Americans by passing a controversial law.
Under Brown’s leadership, California has become the leading opponent of President Donald Trump’s immigration agenda over the past year. In addition to SB 54, the state has enacted a slate of laws aimed at protecting illegal immigrants and their children from the administration’s tougher enforcement of immigration laws.
SB 54 was the most contentious of the California initiatives, drawing condemnation from federal immigration authorities and many county sheriffs throughout the state. Acting Immigration and Customs Enforcement Director Thomas Homan blasted California lawmakers, accusing them of putting “politics over public safety.”
“Disturbingly, the legislation serves to codify a dangerous policy that deliberately obstructs our country’s immigration laws and shelters serious criminal alien offenders,” he said in a statement following the passage of SB 54.
Despite threats by the administration to withhold federal funds from sanctuary jurisdictions, Brown has not shied away from using his authority as governor to thwart certain immigration enforcement. He pardoned two illegal immigrants of state felony convictions last month, a move that could allow the men, who were set to be deported, to appeal their cases in immigration court.
California lawmakers have made it very clear that they care more about the safety of illegal immigrants and their children than the safety of the American people. It’s time to start enforcing our immigration laws for the safety and security of those who are legally here and for those who aspire to the American dream through the appropriate channels.