Of ‘Sanctuary States’ and Other Follies

The Resistance wants a showdown with Donald Trump, and looks like it will get its wish soon.

Our Democrats would make California a “sanctuary state,” setting up a confrontation with the federal government over fundamental questions of who gets to enter the country, who gets to stay and how the rules will be enforced.

The Legislature last week passed Senate Bill 54, which would curtail the ability of state and local agencies to cooperate with federal immigration officials. The Los Angeles Times story carried an amusing headline: “California lawmakers approve landmark ‘sanctuary state’ bill to expand protections for immigrants.”

Not exactly. Notice the missing adjective? Whether you prefer euphemisms such as “undocumented” or the more precise “illegal,” the point is to shield foreigners from federal law. Legal immigrants, of course, require no sanctuary.

Assuming Gov. Jerry Brown signs the bill—a fair bet since the bill that landed on his desk was the product of several weeks of negotiations between the governor and Senate President Pro Tem Kevin de León of Los Angeles—police wouldn’t be able to stop and question illegal immigrants about their status. Brown and de León call this a “balanced” approach because the illegal immigrants in question would have no existing criminal records.

Read the rest at the Sacramento Bee

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About Ben Boychuk

Ben Boychuk is managing editor of American Greatness. He is a former weekly syndicated columnist with Tribune Media, and a veteran of several publications, including City Journal, Investor's Business Daily, and the Claremont Review of Books. He lives in California.

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4 responses to “Of ‘Sanctuary States’ and Other Follies

  • How about we build the wall and when we get to California we build it up their east and north border. Then all the illegals can just be funneled into California.

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