Sherriff: California’s ‘sanctuary state’ bill would only protect criminals
Legislation turning California into a ‘sanctuary state,’ rather than having a cluster of ‘sanctuary cities,’ is gaining opposition from the sheriffs in the state. If signed into law by Governor Jerry Brown, sheriffs will be unable to work with immigration agents to protect citizens against criminal illegal immigrants and to enforce the law.
“We’re passing laws to not communicate with other governmental agencies and I just struggle with that,” Kings County Sheriff David Robinson, a vocal critic of the bill, told The Associated Press. “I’m still adamantly opposed to the bill. It does nothing to protect immigrants, whether legal or illegal. It only protects criminals.”
Immigration advocates generally applauded the latest version, even with DeLeon’s concessions. For them, the bill delivers a rare victory during Trump’s presidency, preserving some protections for people in the country illegally and adding others.
The final version prohibits law enforcement officials from asking about a person’s immigration status or participating in immigration enforcement efforts. The bill prohibits law enforcement officials from being deputized as immigration agents or arresting people on civil immigration warrants.
This law would make California less safe for American citizens and only protects illegal immigrants already breaking the law. If Governor Brown refuses to abide by federal law by passing this legislation, he is compromising the safety of the law-abiding citizens in California. Click here to learn more about the importance of securing our borders and how you can help Tea Party Patriots work toward that goal.