Democrat Gov. Jerry Brown just signed a law that will go into effect on January 2, 2018, making it illegal for law enforcement not only to people for immigration status but barring them from cooperating with members of federal immigration enforcement after arrests are made.

California now has become a so-called “Sanctuary State, ” the first in the nation to make the decision to refuse to cooperate with federal immigration law on an entire statewide basis.

The state law disregards federal immigration statutes hammered out in Congress between Democrats and Republicans over decades.

Federal law enforcement has become familiar with sanctuary cities, like Chicago, Denver, and Los Angeles, that does not honor the law, but California has extended that protection to any illegal alien within its borders – a dangerous step for California citizens.

California is home to an estimated 2.3 million illegal aliens, who will now be subject to en masse arrests in their neighborhoods and workplaces, as a result of the unintended consequence of the liberal law.

Tom Homan, acting director of Immigration, Customs & Enforcement (ICE), released a statement declaring that the federal agency will continue to focus on its mission, despite the California law that undermines it.

“The law will undermine public safety and hinder ICE from performing its federally mandated mission.”

Homan added, “ICE will have no choice but to conduct at-large arrests in local neighborhoods and at worksites, which will inevitably result in additional collateral arrests, instead of focusing on arrests at jails and prisons where transfers are safer for ICE officers and the community.”

Homan said the law also negatively impacts the very illegals it seeks to protect.

“ICE will also likely have to detain individuals arrested in California in detention facilities outside of the state, far from any family they may have in California.”


California’s Democratic Senate leader Kevin de Leon’s said his bill, which just became law, was meant as a response to the election of President Donald Trump because the president made campaign promises to clamp down on illegal immigrants in the country.

Previous policy allowed local law enforcement to cooperate with federal detainers of illegal alien arrestees and avoided the mass raids ICE now foresees in neighborhoods and at job sites, something that liberal Democrats can now decry as unfair.

Do you believe California's new status as a "sanctuary state" makes it more difficult for the enforcement of federal immigration law?

Source: ABC

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