Skip to comments.Sanctuary State: California Senate Passes “Anti-Arizona” Bill to Protect Illegal Aliens
Posted on 07/06/2012 8:44:29 AM PDT by montag813
by John Hill
Stand With Arizona
It's no contest. It's not even close. California is America's undisputed "Sanctuary State" for illegal aliens.
And now, in their hysteria over the recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling upholding the central provision of Arizona's S.B. 1070 - that requires police officers to check the immigration status of people they stop - California legislators are setting new lows in contempt for the rule of law.
The California Senate on Thursday passed a bill supporters dub the "anti-Arizona" law, which seeks to "shield illegal immigrants from status checks by local police" and which even welcomes in illegals from states such as Arizona.
The Democrat-led state Senate voted 21 to 13 for the California Trust Act, which blocks local police from referring a detainee to immigration officials for deportation unless that person has been convicted of a violent or serious felony.
The bill had already passed the state Assembly in a 47-26 vote before the Senate passage. It will go back to the Assembly for a concurrence vote following the summer recess before heading to Governor Jerry Brown, who would no doubt sign it.
Reuters reports:"The measure seeks to create a national model to counter what backers say is racial profiling inherent in the part of Arizona's anti-immigrant law allowed to stand by the U.S. Supreme Court last week. It also seeks to push back against a federal program called Secure Communities, which shares the same principles as Arizona's law, supporters say."
"Today's vote signals to the nation that California cannot afford to be another Arizona," Assemblyman Tom Ammiano, a Democrat who sponsored the measure, said in a statement. "The bill also limits unjust and onerous detentions for deportation in local jails of community members who do not pose a threat to public safety," he added.
The problem is....well, ok there are several problems with this insane bill. First we have a state with by far the largest population of undocumented immigrants in the United States, with nearly 2.6 million at the start of 2010 - which is now welcoming in even more illegals. California is nearly broke, with much of it caused by that same mass of illegals - pushing hospitals, schools and social services to the breaking point or beyond. For example, 84 hospitals in California have entered bankruptcy or closed due to illegal aliens, as unpaid medical bills from illegals now cost state hospitals a staggering $1.25 BILLION annually (2010). Secondly, we have legislators relying on radical pro-amnesty activists for actual data! For instance, they cited in the Senate record a "statistic" from Angela Chan, a senior staff attorney with the "Asian Law Caucus" that "seven of the 10 people deported under (Secure Communities) have no criminal convictions. But an ICE spokeswoman, however, disputed that statistic, saying the actual numbers are reversed -- that nearly 75 percent of people deported through Secure Communities have one or more criminal convictions - an inconvenient fact that Senate Democrats simply ignored in their mad rush to pass this sanctuary bill.
But most critically, the bill is a clear violation of Federal immigration law - which the Supreme Court ruling on S.B. 1070 makes even more stark. As the California State Sheriff's Association, which opposes the bill, argued, state and local authorities cannot opt out of the Secure Communities program.
In addition, as legal scholar and national radio talk show host Mark Levin has argued, if - as the Court's opinion striking down parts of S.B. 1070 clearly said - if states can no longer set policies dealing with someones immigration status in conflict with Federal immigration law, then the California Trust Act is clearly unlawful, and should lead to lawsuits challenging it, which Levin has encouraged:
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Let California take all of the illegals. Enjoy, San Francisco.
California continues to fall lower and lower. The state politicians are only looking for their re-election. More and more companies will move out of the state.
If it worked well, they could quietly inform Texas, New Mexico, Nevada, and form an underground railroad to make all illegals safe in California.
We need to put up a wall between us and Mexifornia.
This is being done deliberately to change the demographics and take over the state and country.
If hispanics ever start voting republican, democrats will villify and hunt them down as evil job stealing criminals. Think about it.
Arizona doesn’t want them, but California does.
Well, California, why don’t you charter some immigrant buses to go from south Arizona to California. Illegales who come in via the Arizona-Mexico border can catch a bus to a more hospitable place, and native Arizonans can be left in peace. Win/win, eh?
That's really the only way to protect yourself.
I don't see this legislative action having any benefits to anyone other than the fellon's bar.
California is passing under Mexican governance. I fully expect to see the Mexican flag replace Old Glory over public buildings before I die. First the Mexican flag will be placed side by side with the American; just to celebrate “Our Diversity.” Then one day the American flag will just disappear.
So California is about to pass a law that ACTUALLY directly conflicts with federal law (like their marijuana laws). SO, I fully expect the feds to sue to overturn this here soon. Right...?
Why don’t we just take over Mexico and the whole of Central and South America. Just get the big crash done and over with so we can start the rebuild.
I wish every America would depart from Calif.Let Calif relay on illegals to keep the state afloat.