California Democrats are trying their hardest to fight President Trump on his executive order against sanctuary cities by creating a bill that would turn the entire state into a sanctuary for illegal immigrants.
California has an estimated 2.3 million illegal immigrants making the state their home.
The bills being proposed would fund legal representation for any illegal immigrants arrested and facing deportation, as well as limit immigration enforcement at schools, shelters, and even courthouses.
The author of the statewide sanctuary bill, SB 54, Senate President Pro Tempore, Kevin de Leon, said: “We want to make sure that police officers don’t abandon their beat and go enforce immigration laws.”
As it is now, most of California’s major cities, such as Los Angeles and San Francisco, are already sanctuary cities, making it difficult for law enforcement to operate in those communities.
This bill would, undoubtedly, make enforcement of immigration laws that much more difficult for members of law enforcement in California.
According to Republican Sen. Jeff Stone of Temecula, “I think this bill is making it that much more difficult for the federal authorities to get the most dangerous criminals that we want to deport to keep our communities safe.”
California Democrats also recently passed a bill which now prohibits state and local government officials from helping authorities create any sort of a Muslim registry, though there isn’t one as of now.
The bill was authored by Democrat Sen. Ricardo Lara, who said it was in response to President Trump’s campaign comments on immigration.
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