Jerry Brown, the liberal leader of California and Los Angeles Senate President Kevin de León have come to an agreement over terms regarding the state’s sanctuary state bill. The agreement, which illegal immigrants will celebrate, says that the bill will officially pass the Senate once it is slightly amended. The changes will allow state officials to cooperate with federal agents on issues other than immigration.
These terms are a joke. Likely devised by de León, they allow the state to maintain the illusion that they are cooperating with federal laws. Do these Democrats really believe that people like Attorney General Jeff Sessions and President Trump will fall for that? The end result is the same, they will be defying federal orders and ICE detainers, putting them in the category of breaking the law.
Another tiny crumb that the liberals have thrown in involves the state’s prisons. Detention officials will be allowed to communicate with ICE. However, the federal agency will not be granted permanent space in the prisons. Previously immigration agents were not allowed to interview inmates.
— Kevin de Leόn (@kdeleon) September 12, 2017
Within the new legislation, local police are given discretion about when to hold someone for federal authorities. If the criminal has been convicted of a more serious or violent felony such as unlawful possession of a deadly weapon.
As we have seen in several left-wing communities, the bill prohibits “prohibit police and sheriffs from asking about a person’s immigration status, detaining people for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement “hold” requests and participating in any program that deputizes police as immigration agents.”
A press release from de León said that the bill “prevents our state and local law enforcement resources from being diverted to tear families apart. California will protect our communities from the Trump administration’s radical and hateful immigration policy agenda.”
California will defend its people and our progress. https://t.co/TSs0WnnPU5
— Kevin de Leόn (@kdeleon) November 9, 2016
It will be interesting to see what kind of agreement the two liberals can come up with when the Trump administration cuts off their federal funding.