The state of California is getting geared up to sue the Trump administration for trying to punish “sanctuary cities,” those places around the country and particularly in the land of fruits and nuts, that provide safe harbor for illegal immigrants being tracked down by immigration officials.
These cities, and the state of California, clearly don’t agree with the premise that we are a nation of laws and that opening up our country to illegals in such a way is a threat to both our economic prosperity and national security.
According to The Sacramento Bee, California Attorney General Xavier Becerra — in conjunction with other California city and county attorneys — is considering charging the Justice Department with violating the Constitution by threatening to take crime-fighting funds away from cities and states that do not fully cooperate with federal immigration agents, according to those sources.
“The cities and states affected by these provisions have strong arguments to make in court that these conditions are illegal,” said a former Justice Department official familiar with California officials’ thinking. “If Congress wanted these requirements to be part of the grant funding decision, they would have written it into the law.”
California’s concern stems from an announcement last month by U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions, who warned that jurisdictions that do not assist federal immigration agents seeking to deport undocumented immigrants would no longer get funding from the Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant.
California was allocated nearly $18 million under that program in Fiscal 2017. To get future grants, municipalities will have to allow federal immigration agents access to detention facilities, and provide 48-hours notice before they release inmates who are wanted by federal authorities on suspicion of being in the country illegally.
California currently leads the nation in the number of illegal immigrants in the country, and given it is a super hardcore Democratic state, it’s no secret why the attorney general and many of the state’s elected officials are so eager to help out those who have broken immigration law.
How will they win elections without all of those illegals being ushered to the polls with the hope of a get-out-of-jail-free card and free goodies like welfare and medical care?
The bottom line is we are indeed a nation of laws, and President Trump is trying to take action to back up that principle by protecting our nation’s interests through much needed enforcement of immigration policy.
Let’s hope his efforts, which have dramatically reduced the number of illegals crossing over into our country, continue to prove successful.