Sanctuary State Bill 54: the ‘California Values Act’

In January, President pro Tempore of the California State Senate Kevin de León introduced SB 54 that would in essence prohibit the state’s law enforcement from coordinating with Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

It’s all about opposing President Trump and imposing California “values”….

California Databases Must Not Be Used to Target Immigrants and Muslims
Senate Bill 54, authored by Senate President Pro Tempore Kevin de León, would prevent law enforcement agencies in California from sharing department databases or private information with the federal government for immigration enforcement. It would also reduce the amount of personal information that state agencies collect, use, and share about all Californians.

Organizational supporters of these bills include the ACLU of California, Asian Americans Advancing Justice, the California Immigrant Policy Center, the California Immigrant Youth Justice Alliance, the Immigrant Legal Resource Center, the Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund, and the National Day Laborer Organizing Network.
Electronic Frontier Foundation, 1/26/17

It took a little while for the kinks to be ironed out and it makes one wonder why these trivial details were left out in the first place.

‘Sanctuary state’ bill amended to require reporting immigrants with violent felonies
Senate Bill 54 originally would have instituted a sweeping prohibition on state and local law enforcement using their resources to assist federal authorities with immigration enforcement. Critics like Sen. Joel Anderson, R-Alpine, blasted the proposal for protecting “rapists, murderers, armed robbers, serial drunk drivers, people who endanger and hurt other in our communities” by allowing them back onto California streets.

But on Friday, Senate President Pro Tem Kevin de León, who authored SB 54, announced an amendment that would require state prisons and county jails to notify the FBI 60 days before releasing an undocumented immigrant with a violent felony conviction.
Sacramento Bee, 3/3/17

Just the fact they’d even entertain the notion of releasing “an undocumented immigrant with a violent felony conviction” should be of concern, then again that’s been happening in California for decades and many have been negatively affected as a result.

As usual, the California taxpayer will again foot the bill in support of illegals; a bill that will be paid because some Democrats are above pro bono.

The California Legislature will pay the firm of former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder $25,000 a month to assist with legal challenges posed by policy conflicts with the Trump Administration, Democratic leaders announced Wednesday.

“Now more than ever we need to have the best legal minds to join in and prepare to defend the state in the event that they actually do carry out the threats that they have declared,” said Senate President Pro Tem Kevin de León. “It is a minimum investment because of what’s at stake here: Tens of billions of dollars that may be lost because of a hostile administration toward the policies of California and the people of California.”
Sacramento Bee, 1/4/17

The “best”? Rarely does the taxpayer gets their monies worth and if anything, it’s the elected and their cronies hooking each other up who ultimately benefit.

“I am honored that the Legislature chose Covington to serve as its legal advisor as it considers how to respond to potential changes in federal law that could impact California’s residents and policy priorities,” Holder said in a statement. “I am confident that our expertise across a wide array of federal legal and regulatory issues will be a great resource to the legislature.”

De León has connections to Covington that extend beyond Holder.

Dan Shallman, a partner in the firm’s Los Angeles office, is the brother of John Shallman, whose Southern California-based political consulting and advertising agency serves as the longtime consulting house for de León and several other California elected officials.

So it’s still coming down to those who stand for the rule of law vice those who believe since so many have broken the law, the law needs to be changed. Just because the latter may be a political reflection of California “values” (and given the state of what we call “entertainment” coming from that state), doesn’t mean the rest of the nation should be subjected to their definition of right and wrong.

It also appears we’ll be receiving clear clarification on what the federal government gives to states and localities on a yearly basis. The federal government allocates grants, monies that certain cities and states are in peril of losing with their insistence of maintaining their sanctuary status; “grants” not entitlements.

California officials reacted with defiance Friday to a threat by federal officials to withhold some $20 million in criminal justice grants from the state and its counties as part of the dispute over so-called sanctuary city policies.

“It has become abundantly clear that Atty. Gen. [Jeff] Sessions and the Trump administration are basing their law enforcement policies on principles of white supremacy — not American values,” Senate leader Kevin de León (D-Los Angeles) said in a statement. “Their constant and systematic targeting of diverse cities and states goes beyond constitutional norms and will be challenged at every level.”

The U.S. Department of Justice warned in a letter Friday that the grant funds could be jeopardized unless the state can verify in writing that the state and its counties and cities are not restricting the sharing of information with federal immigration authorities regarding the citizenship status of people in prison and jail cells.
LA Times, 4/21/17

You can always tell when a liberal is desperate and not getting their way. The argument is reduced to race attacks and is not the best position of which to negotiate, ESPECIALLY when you’re at risk of losing a gift because you’ve repeatedly verbally assaulted the donor.

SB54 passed and was ceremoniously signed into law.

Under threat of possible retaliation by the Trump administration, Gov. Jerry Brown signed landmark “sanctuary state” legislation Thursday, vastly limiting who state and local law enforcement agencies can hold, question and transfer at the request of federal immigration authorities.

Senate Bill 54, which takes effect in January, has been blasted as “unconscionable” by U.S. Atty. Gen. Jeff Sessions, becoming the focus of a national debate over how far states and cities can go to prevent their officers from enforcing federal immigration laws. Supporters have hailed it as part of a broader effort by majority Democrats in the California Legislature to shield more than 2.3 million immigrants living illegally in the state.
Los Angeles Times, 10/5/17

How many will continues to suffer from illegal aliens in the State of California?

Time will tell.

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