California officially became a “sanctuary state” on Monday as legislation that Democratic Gov. Jerry Brown signed into law in October went into effect, protecting an estimated 2.3 million illegal aliens in the state.
Police in California are no longer permitted to ask people about their immigration status or participate in federal immigration enforcement activities, in most cases.
Upon signing the bill in October, Brown said, “These are uncertain times for undocumented Californians and their families, and this bill strikes a balance that will protect public safety, while bringing a measure of comfort to those families who are now living in fear everyday.”
The new law has drawn public criticism from an unidentified source, as highway signs ridiculing the law have been posted below the “Welcome to California” signs that greet motorists as they enter the state from Arizona and Nevada.
“OFFICIAL SANCTUARY STATE,” the signs read. “Felons, Illegals and MS13 Welcome! Democrats Need The Votes!”
OMG! Look at this sign someone put up on the 15 Freeway between LA and Las Vegas!
— Kambree Kawahine Koa (@KamVTV) January 1, 2018
Members of the Trump administration have criticized the California proposal.
In September, Attorney General Jeff Sessions said, “The bill risks the safety of good law enforcement officers and the safety of the neighborhoods that need their protection the most,” the Los Angeles Times reported.
Thomas Homan, acting director of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, added, “By passing this bill, California politicians have chosen to prioritize politics over public safety. Disturbingly, the legislation serves to codify a dangerous policy that deliberately obstructs our country’s immigration laws and shelters serious criminal alien offenders.”