On Monday, the California Senate moved forward with Senate Bill 54, the “sanctuary state” legislation that will limit state and local cooperation with federal immigration authorities.
Resources of money, facilities, equipment, and personnel for federal immigration agencies will be substantially severed in an attempt to benefit the safety of illegal aliens residing in California.
Essentially, the bill will make Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) obsolete.
According to the Associated Press, the bill passed by a 27-12 vote, although it still needs to be processed and augmented in the state assembly.
The bill was also fitted with an amendment proposed by Democratic Senate President Pro Tem Kevin de León. The amendment permits state and local law enforcement to notify ICE only before convicted or violent felons are released from custody.
His full statement can be read below:
“We will cooperate with our friends at the federal level with serious and violent felons. But we won’t cooperate or lift a finger or spend a single cent when we’re talking about separating children from their mothers, mothers from their children. That’s not who we are as a great state.
Our precious local law enforcement resources will be squandered if police are pulled from their duties to arrest otherwise law-abiding maids, busboys, laborers, mothers, and fathers. Trust will be lost. Crimes will go unreported for fear of deportation. Criminals will remain free to victimize others.”
Earlier this year, President Trump signed an executive order to cease the granting of federal funding to “sanctuary cities.” According to state Republican representative Jeff Stone, Senate Bill 54 is flawed and purposely designed for liberals to one-up the president.
“By passing this today, you’ll be kicking the president right in the groin, and I can imagine he’s going to strike back,” Stone told reporters. He also believes the bill will actually enable violent illegal criminals. “We’re prohibiting local and state, unfettered communications with federal authorities in getting many dangerous and violent felons out of our communities.”
Current sanctuary cities in California include San Diego, Santa Clara, Monterey, and Los Angeles.
H/T: The Blaze
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