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California defies Trump, becomes sanctuary state

by Evan Wilt
Posted 10/06/17, 11:59 am

Democratic Gov. Jerry Brown signed a bill to make California a sanctuary state on Thursday in an effort to protect illegal immigrants and defy the Trump administration. “These are uncertain times for undocumented Californians and their families, and this bill strikes a balance that will protect public safety, while bringing a measure of comfort to those families who are now living in fear every day,” Brown said in a statement. The bill, which cleared the state legislature last month, bars police from questioning people’s immigration status or following federal immigration enforcement law in most cases starting Jan. 1. California harbors an estimated 2.3 million illegal immigrants—the most in the United States. In January, the Trump administration announced it would begin cracking down on jurisdictions that did not enforce federal immigration laws by withholding grant money in some cases. When California lawmakers passed the bill last month, they cited President Donald Trump’s comments on immigration and expressed a desire to defy his policies. White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders on Thursday called the law irresponsible and said she hoped California law enforcement would push back on the governor’s decision. After California passed the law, Thomas Homan, the acting director of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, called it a dangerous policy: “By passing this bill, California politicians have chosen to prioritize politics over public safety.”

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Evan is a reporter for WORLD Digital based in Washington, D.C.

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  • Bear
    Posted: Fri, 10/06/2017 12:17 pm

    Editor: 2.3 million

  • Web Editor
    Posted: Fri, 10/06/2017 01:51 pm

    Thank you. We've corrected it.

  • Doug Olson
    Posted: Fri, 10/06/2017 02:00 pm

    Governor Brown and his supporters are willfully and defiantly breaking the law of the United States of America. Illegal immigrants are just that "illegal" immigrants. There is a process for becoming a citizen of the United States but Brown and his supporters are utterly arrogant and believe that they are above the law of the United States. Governor Brown and his supporters need to be severely punished for their rebellion against the government and laws of the United States of America.

  • JerryM
    Posted: Fri, 10/06/2017 07:25 pm

    These are events that follow on from Obama's own lawllessness and, again, appear consistent with the biblical rising of the "man of lawlesness". 

  • Larry M David's picture
    Larry M David
    Posted: Fri, 10/06/2017 02:58 pm

    The federal government could "withdraw" from California.  Pull out FBI, FEMA, ATF, etc.  Close national parks.