California Moves Closer to Sanctuary State Status, Haven for Criminal Aliens

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By Joe Guzzardi

Joe is a CAPS Senior Writing Fellow whose commentaries about California's social issues have run in newspapers throughout California and the country for nearly 30 years. Contact Joe at, or find him on Twitter @joeguzzardi19.

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March 24, 2017

Even though I’ve heard the argument countless times that sanctuary cities make communities safer, I always shake my head in disbelief when I hear it again. Speaking in defense of his Senate Bill 54, the California Values Act, President Pro Tem Kevin de León said that cities “will become more and not less dangerous when local police officers are pulled from their duties to pull otherwise law-abiding maids, bus boys, gardeners and day laborers for immigration violations.” SB 54 would officially make California a sanctuary state.

California Senate President Pro Tem Kevin de León boasts
proposed bill would “freeze out ICE.”

If any of de León’s “otherwise law-abiding maids, bus boys, gardeners and day laborers” had been deported, it would have been the lead story in California’s newspapers. But since no such stories have been published that I’m aware of, and since President Trump has prioritized criminal aliens’ removal, maids and gardeners aren’t at immediate risk unless they’ve ignored a final deportation and are therefore fugitives from justice.

SB 54 is designated as an urgency bill, and would take effect immediately upon the Senate’s two-thirds approval and Gov. Jerry Brown’s signature. CAPS joins the Californians State Sheriffs’ Association and the California Peace Officers Association in opposition to SB 54 because of the dangers it poses. De León pompously bragged SB 54 would “freeze out ICE.”

Please go to the CAPS Action Alert page here to urge Sacramento officials to oppose SB 54.

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