California’s new status as the first official sanctuary state isn’t even a week old and it’s already showing signs of implosion.
The same day Gov. Jerry Brown signed the bill to make it law, ICE upped the ante with a promise to expand raids on homes and businesses in the state.
But few people anticipated that Brown would face opposition from his own internal police forces.
Among the law’s most important tenets was a prevention of state officials from cooperating with federal agents on immigration enforcement.
But sheriffs around the state are refusing to stand down arguing that the policy is both stupid and dangerous.
What’s worse is that the quasi-socialist government has now set up a scenario in which municipal police forces are at odds with county sheriffs on how to deal with criminal illegal aliens.
If city police won’t enforce the law, sheriffs will have to pick up the slack which means other areas of enforcement will come under serious pressure.
It’s just one more example of short-sighted liberal policy that serves an agenda in spite of reality.
Here’s more from Washington Free Beacon…
California’s sheriffs are calling on the GOP-controlled Congress to intervene and pass a federal law to change the state’s sanctuary state status, warning the law that ties their hands too tightly will only increase the chances of another high-profile tragedy.
The sanctuary state law, which Gov. Jerry Brown (D.) signed Thursday but doesn’t go into effect until January, is the most far-reaching of its kind in the country and places sharp limits on how local law enforcement agencies can communicate with federal immigration authorities.
It would also make it a crime to enforce federal immigration laws on the premises of all schools, hospitals, libraries, and courthouses in state, which is home to an estimated two million immigrants.
Making the entire state a sanctuary for illegal immigrants is California’s latest salvo in its war with President Donald Trump over immigration policy, but law enforcement officials say it’s the state’s citizens who will pay the price with higher crime rates and avoidable tragedies.
National Sheriffs’ Association Executive Director and CEO Jonathan Thompson said Thursday that sheriffs across the country are deeply “saddened and disappointed” that the governor signed this “reckless” bill into law.
“It is unfortunate that California’s law enforcement has become pawns in this political game, but they will continue to do their jobs diligently to protect their communities,” he said.
“We also implore leaders in Washington to take action and pass sensible legislation that would prevent careless legislation from hamstringing law enforcement and would give them the tools to combat dangerous policies like this.”