During the 2016 election, Donald Trump made fixing our broken immigration system the foundation of his campaign. While his calls to build a wall on our southern border with Mexico received the most attention, Trump had no plans of stopping there. In order to truly enforce immigration law, those that had broken it would also have to be deported.
Predictably, Trump’s calls to more strictly enforce standing immigration laws have been met with fierce resistance from Democrats. Once upon a time, Trump’s proposals would have enjoyed bipartisan support. However, amidst the hysteria over everything Trump, Democrats have done a complete 180 on the issue in recent years.
Since Trump took office in January, Democrats in Washington have done everything they can to resist his immigration agenda. However, it’s not just liberals at the federal level getting in the way. Across the country, many Democrat-controlled cities have declared themselves “sanctuary cities,” openly defying federal laws. Needless to say, the lack of local cooperation with federal authorities has been a thorn in Trump’s side for months.
Of course, leading the charge in all of this has been the state of California. Known as the most liberal state in the union, California boasts three of the nation’s largest sanctuary cities in San Diego, Los Angeles, and San Francisco. However, not satisfied with having just sanctuary cities, the state is taking even more extreme action to combat Trump’s enforcement efforts.
From Fox 8:
California Gov. Jerry Brown signed “sanctuary state” legislation Thursday that extends protections for immigrants living in the United States illegally — a move that gives the nation’s most populous state another tool to fight President Donald Trump.
Brown’s signature means that police will be barred from asking people about their immigration status or participating in immigration enforcement activities starting Jan. 1.
Jail officials only will be allowed to transfer inmates to federal immigration authorities if they have been convicted of certain crimes.
California is home to an estimated 2.3 million immigrations without legal authorization.
Of course, California shares a border with Mexico, making it it one of the most popular states for illegal immigrants to reside. With the law, it’s likely the state will begin to attract even more illegal immigration. For now, only federal authorities will have much power to prevent that.
[Note: This post was written by Michael Lee. Follow him on Twitter @UAMichaelLee]