Illegal immigrants in California shouldn’t get too comfortable. Despite the “sanctuary state” law signed by Gov. Jerry Brown last week, Immigration and Customs Enforcement will still be enforcing federal immigration laws in the Golden State.
The sanctuary law forbids authorities from asking people about their legal status and prevents California law enforcement from cooperating with federal officials on immigration, according to the Los Angeles Times.
ICE Acting Director Thomas Homan said the new law, which takes effect Jan. 1, does not prevent his agency from operating in the state, although it does make those operations a little more difficult.
“Ultimately, SB54 helps shield removable aliens from immigration enforcement and creates another magnet for more illegal immigration, all at the expense of the safety and security of the very people it purports to protect,” Homan said in a statement on the ICE website.
In a statement after signing the law, Brown acknowledged that the sanctuary measure would not prevent ICEfrom conducting operations in California.
“They are free to use their own considerable resources to enforce federal immigration law in California,” Brown wrote, according to The Associated Press.
The governor went on to argue that the law would “protect public safety” and bring a “measure of comfort” to families living in fear.
Apparently, law-abiding American citizens who are understandably fearful of criminals — particularly those with little to no documentation — are not a priority to the governor or California lawmakers.
Arguing that protecting criminals somehow makes the public “safer” isn’t just a liberal fairy tale; it’s contrary to the most basic of common sense.
When will families, such as Kate Steinle’s, be given a “measure of comfort” by these liberals?
Fortunately, this isn’t the Obama era, when the federal government ignored blatant violations of federal law for the sake of illegal immigrants — and future Democrat voters. ICE officials will still be working to protect Americans from those who break our laws, despite California’s resistance to their efforts.
“Despite the severe challenges that this law creates for ICE, we remain committed to our public safety mission and we will continue to do our sworn duty to seek out dangerous criminal aliens and other immigration violators,” Homan said.
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