When California became an official sanctuary state last October, most were certain it would not be welcomed news in Washington, D.C. or some other places in the country, but few could have foreseen the dirty trick that greeted those entering California from Nevada on Monday.
CBS News reported travelers headed southbound on the 15 freeway near the community of Primm along the Nevada-California border, saw a new sign tacked just below the sanctioned, “Welcome to California” sign. The sign was not only new, it was also fake. It read, “Official Sanctuary State! Felons, Illegals and MS13 Welcome! Democrats Need the Votes!”
Who actually created and placed the sign is unknown but its critic of California’s position on immigration was obvious.
When Governor Brown signed SB54, California became only the second state in the nation to make this declaration. It was not surprising the legislation passed along a strict party line vote. Oregon, the only other state to pass such legislation, has had its declaration in place for thirty years.
California’s new law still allows sheriffs and police to work with immigration if someone is convicted of any one of about 800 crimes—primarily felonies, but are restricted from transferring immigrants to federal authorities beyond that or holding them when they are due to be released.
The Trump administration has not been shy in their criticism of this policy. Attorney General Jeff Sessions said in September, “One of the sad things is we have this disagreement over sanctuary cities and sanctuary states . . . And the refusal of certain jurisdictions to cooperate with our colleagues, mostly our ICE agents.” He added, “I find it almost unbelievable that states and cities would object to that?”
When the bill became law, Acting ICE Director Thomas Homan said in a statement that his agency “would have no choice but to conduct at-large arrests in local neighborhoods and at worksites.”