Opinion: California’s sanctuary state status is ludicrous
EDITOR'S NOTE: Boris Epshteyn formerly served as a Senior Advisor to the Trump Campaign and served in the White House as Special Assistant to The President and Assistant Communications Director for Surrogate Operations.
WASHINGTON (Sinclair Broadcast Group) - The state of California does not want to work with the federal government to enforce our nation’s immigration laws.
California has designated itself as a sanctuary state by passing Senate Bill 54. That means that California state and local law enforcement are not to cooperate with federal authorities to detain and deport illegal immigrants.
The U.S. Department of Justice is suing California over SB54, and two other complimentary state laws. The Department of Justice believes that those California laws violate the federal constitution.
Over a dozen California cities, counties and municipalities are standing up to the state of California and against participating in sanctuary status.
This matters way beyond California. I don't think that red states are in any danger of becoming sanctuary states, but for blue states like Illinois and New York, or even purple states like New Mexico and Nevada, a Democrat governor and a Democrat legislature could very much make this a reality if it succeeds in California.
Here is the bottom line: the whole notion of sanctuary states and cities is ludicrous. The federal government is tasked with passing and enforcing immigration laws which protect our borders. States should not be able to simply choose whether to follow these federal laws or not.