Skip to comments.California Makes U.S. Citizenship Obsolete
Posted on 10/27/2013 3:48:26 PM PDT by SeekAndFind
On Saturday, California Gov. Jerry Brown signed the Trust Act. It prohibits illegal aliens from being turned over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) authorities for possible deportation unless they have been charged with or convicted of a serious offense. While Washington waffles on immigration, Californias forging ahead, Brown said. Im not waiting.
California is indeed forging ahead. Last Thursday, Brown signed a bill allowing illegal aliens to obtain drivers licenses. Millions of immigrant families have been looking forward to this day, said Democratic Assemblyman Luis Alejo, who sponsored the bill. It will allow them to go to work, go to school, take their kids to a doctors appointment without fear that they are going to have their car taken away from them, or worse, be put into immigration proceedings.
Not immigrant families. Illegal immigrant families.
Brown was even busier on Saturday. In addition to the Trust Act, he signed another seven bills aimed at blurring, if not eradicating the distinction between law-abiding legal immigrants and their illegal counterparts. The measures included imposing restrictions on those who charge fees to help illegals gain legal statusand the ability to criminally charge employers who threaten to report an individuals immigration status, if that threat is used to induce fear. Given that it is against the law to hire illegals, Brown and his fellow Democrats have essentially given illegals the power to threaten their employers.
Even more remarkably, Brown also signed a bill that permits the California Supreme Court to grant law licenses to illegal aliens.
Illegal-alien rights activists were ecstatic. Today marks the dawn of a new era in Californias immigrant communities, said Reshma Shamasunder, director of the California Immigrant Policy Center. Her organization declared 2013 the year of the immigrant in California.
Tom Ammiano (D-San Francisco) who sponsored the Trust Act, rationalized its passage in a September press release. Federal officials have held people whose worst alleged violation was selling tamales without a permit or having a barking dog, he explained. Even crime victims have been deported. We need to end that to bring back trust between our communities and the local law enforcement agencies supposed to protect them.
That press release was a window into the mindset of the activist American left, for whom the rule of law its little more than an inconvenient impediment that can be ignored in pursuit of nobler ambitions. It further noted that the Trust Act was crafted to defy a federal immigration program known as Secure Communities, or S-Comm. The release bemoaned the fact that more the 50,000 contributing Californians had been deported though they had not been convicted of any crime, or only minor crimes. In other words, being in the country illegally is completely irrelevant.
For many California jurisdictions, federal immigration law has been irrelevant for quite some time. Santa Clara, San Francisco and Los Angeles counties have already embraced the provisions of the Trust Act. In December 2012, LA County Sheriff Lee Baca announced he would no longer honor federal immigration law. His actions, along with those of the aforementioned counties, were based on a legal directive issued the same month by California Attorney General Kamala Harris. Harris contended that local law enforcement communities were not obligated to comply with S-Comm.
ICE released a statement in reaction to Harriss ruling. The federal government alone sets these priorities and places detainers on individuals arrested on criminal charges to ensure that dangerous criminal aliens and other priority individuals are not released from prisons and jails into our communities, it said.
The federal governments priorities are tellingly selective. When the state of Arizona passed SB 1070, a law that allowed law enforcement officials to inquire about proof of residence from those detained for other legitimate reasons, Eric Holders Department of Justice (DOJ) sued the state. The DOJ won a partial victory when the Supreme Court ruled that asking people to produce proof they are in the country legally if they have been stopped for another legitimate reason is constitutional, but Justice Anthony Kennedy determined that immigration law per se including the decision not to enforce the law remains exclusively under federal jurisdiction.
The likelihood that the DOJ will file a similar lawsuit against California for its decision to openly defy federal immigration law? Zero.
In a temporary burst of sanity, Gov. Brown did veto one bill sponsored by Assemblyman Bob Wieckowski (D-Fremont). AB 1401 would have allowed lawful permanent residents who are not citizens to serve on juries. Brown decided that jury duty, like voting, should be reserved exclusively for Americans. Wieckowski was disappointed. It is fair and just that they be asked to share in the obligation to do jury duty, just as they serve in our courts, schools, police departments and armed forces, Wieckowski said.
On the other hand, nothing is forever. Last year Brown vetoed an earlier version of the Trust Act, contending it allowed those convicted of serious crimes to slip through the cracks. Brown changed his mind after the legislature added crimes such as child abuse, gang-related crime, drug trafficking, weapon sales, using children to sell drugs and aggravated federal felonies to the list of offenses that would trigger a hold of an illegal for ICE. In other words, state legislators had previously tried to pass the law absent those categories. One imagines its only a matter of time before a tweak of Wieckowskis bill will have Brown changing his mind once again.
Kristin Williamson of the Federation for American Immigration Reform, a group that tries to reduce both legal and illegal immigration, wasnt on board with Browns efforts to defy federal law. Californians, regardless of their immigration status, are now left unprotected from deportable criminal aliens, and ICE agents will be forced into unnecessarily dangerous situations trying to track down illegal aliens who were already safely in the custody of state and local law enforcement, she said.
Thats assuming ICE has the impetus to do so. It is no secret that the Obama administration has set the standard for selective law enforcement, highlighted by the presidents unilateral decision to establish the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) by executive order. The DREAM Act-like program provides de facto amnesty for thousands of illegal aliens ostensibly younger than 30 who arrived in United States before age 16, and have lived here for at least five years continuously.
The word ostensibly is critical. A Freedom of Information Act request filed by Judicial Watch procured documents revealing that comprehensive background checks will be replaced by lean and lite checks aimed at accommodating the flood of amnesty applications enabled by the president. Those documents also reveal that immediate relatives of DACA applicants could be approved for amnesty, a concept known as chain migration. Chain migration substantially increases the number of illegal aliens who can sidestep immigration law.
And while the nation remains distracted by the government shutdown and the debt ceiling, five separate immigration-related bills are surreptitiously working their way through the Republican-controlled House, only one of which addresses border security. Moroever, a consortium of business leaders, including New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Facebooks Mark Zuckerberg, are pressuring House Republicans from Southern states to enact comprehensive immigration reform. Furthermore, the same national park the Obama administration made off-limts to WWII veterans only a week ago, was opened up for immigration advocates, who held a rally and concert there yesterday.
One of the historical hallmarks of tyrannical regimes is selective law enforcement. In California, leftist Gov. Jerry Brown has signed bills into law that have enshrined selective enforcement with regard to illegal aliens, violating federal immigration law in the process. His equally leftist Attorney General Kamala Harris has also decided the state will do whatever it wishes in terms of complying with federal law. Both of them do so with the utmost confidence that a compromised DOJ run by a corrupt Attorney General is more than willing look the other way. Eric Holder is confident he can look the other way because he has a kindred soul in President Obama, who unilaterally and unconstitutionally granted de facto amnesty to millions of illegal aliens, bypassing Congress in the processeven as that same Congress currently plots behind closed doors to reward millions of law-breakers in return for cheap votes and cheap labor.
This is where America stands in 2013. If left unchecked, one of the great ironies of all time may eventually be realized: millions of illegal aliens who have come to America to escape a Third World ethos, where the rule of law is supplanted by the rule of man, may discover, for all intents and purposes, they are right back where they started.
I guess Al-Qaeda has set up a base there. I mean what do they have to do? Just waltz over the border and liberals will defend them 100%.
Who gets to determine what a “serious offense” is? Moon Beam? Why aren’t breaking and entering, thievery, forging documents, stolen I.D., child molestation, rape and DUI “serious offenses” anymore?
Obamacare seems like small potatoes now.
The Arizona legislature had better act fast to reject ID provided by such states as a legal form of ID. This means as well requiring drivers from California to present additional ID to their drivers licenses at traffic stops, as they may be Mexican, not US citizens.
Rand Pauls immigration speech
03.19.13 | Hon Sen Rand Paul (KY)
Posted on 03/19/2013 7:04:07 AM PDT by Perdogg
...The Republican Party must embrace more legal immigration.
Unfortunately, like many of the major debates in Washington, immigration has become a stalemate-where both sides are imprisoned by their own rhetoric or attachment to sacred cows that prevent the possibility of a balanced solution.
Immigration Reform will not occur until Conservative Republicans, like myself, become part of the solution. I am here today to begin that conversation.
Lets start that conversation by acknowledging we arent going to deport 12 million illegal immigrants.
If you wish to work, if you wish to live and work in America, then we will find a place for you...
This is where prudence, compassion and thrift all point us toward the same goal: bringing these workers out of the shadows and into being taxpaying members of society.
Imagine 12 million people who are already here coming out of the shadows to become new taxpayers.12 million more people assimilating into society. 12 million more people being productive contributors.
[but hes not in favor of amnesty, snicker, definition of is is]
It sort of make you want to legalize drawing and quartering as the punishment for conviction of treason just before you indict Jerry Brown and the California state legislators.
Is there any way we can give California back to the Mexicans? Of course they would have to take Brown, Pelosi, Feinstein, Waters and Boxer too.
If California can do this, I see no reason that states could be kept from leaving the union.
Don’t forget Issa.
Texas Governor Race
Tom Pauken Gov. / Patrick or Patterson for Lt. Gov.
A lawyer is an “ Officer of the court” and he takes an oath to uphold the law.
I guess they better change the oath for illegal aliens or just get rid of the Justice system and let everyone pack a gun. There wouldn’t be much change for most large cities.
s/ on hold...
Is there any way we can give California back to the Mexicans?
Pretty sure this finishes the deal right here. Mexico has been sending their colonists for how many decades now?
Whatever happened to it’s the law. Federal immigration law is the law of the land. Shouldn’t it be enforced like Obamacare?
where did the libertarians stand on this?
i can only hope they leave every other state and move there. I hope they sit in downtown L.A. and Sf waiting for the government to come by and set them up. May they defecate all over the sidewalks. I hope they shoplift every last thing in every last store. I hope if they mug anyone its the families of all those damn dem politicians.
This is nonsense.
A lack of federal government action on immigration, and a lack of state government action on immigration are the problems.
The huge problem is, that the Republicans don’t seem to be any more concerned than the Democrats.
Both parties are selling out America.
In California the only serious crime is criticizing leftists. Hell, in California it is the ONLY crime that is to be punished.
“Is there any way we can give California back to the Mexicans?”
Already done. California has for all practical purposes already been annexed by Mexico.
The remainder can fend for themselves.
Conservatives... you are still living in that cesspool why?
Leave Inyo/Mono - need to go fishing somewhere.
California is a sanctuary state for the invaders. It is the route by which our nation will be conquered. One state, through its elected officials, has decided to destroy the rest of the nation by allowing an invasion through their state.
If nothing is done about this, our nation is finished.
Look I took a different stand on healthcare reform than most on this board.
It darn near got me banned.
Do us all a favor and drop it. Alright.
I despise Obama. I however will not discuss the issue of obamacare, because Jim Thompson has warned me (twice) about doing so.
Give it a rest. Or stop posting to me. Expecially on forums which have absolutely nothing to do with Obamacare.
I changed my posting habits.
You should consider the same.
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Thanks for the link to that illegal immigration survey for Texas gubernatorial candidates.
Unfortunately, only Tom Pauken has chosen to answer the survey, thus far. I hope to see Greg Abbott’s response to the survey soon.
So legal U.S. Citizen doesn’t have the same quick release rights as an illegal alien in California ?
Sue seems like this State law flies in the face of federal law.
Excellent point. States should pass laws refusing to recognize the identification of these outlaw States.
“I however will not discuss the issue of obamacare, because Jim Thompson has warned me (twice) about doing so.”
Still bellyaching and telling that fib, I see. He never told you not to discuss it, he said FR will not be used to support it.
Well then it sounds like California needs to cease being a part of the US.
I’m simply choosing to discuss other topics then, out of over-caution.
Brown is racist. He hates poor Africans and Asians. Just because they can’t sneak across the border, they can’t live off our largess. What a racist.
That’s so true. For a while NM had very lax driver’s license rules to help the illegals. Anyone could waltz in and say they lived here and walk out with a license, no proof required. What ended up happening is criminals of every variety all over the country were getting NM driver’s licenses with different identities. There were people making lots of money selling NM driver’s licenses and it got totally out of hand. At one point other states did threaten to stop accepting NM driver’s licenses as legal identification and NM cracked down on all of it.
Why not? He has done absolutely nothing but make a fool of himself.
Only in Arizona is it held superior, and then only to keep Arizona from enforcing the actual immigration law.
I wonder what the “State’s Rights” crowd has to say about this.
Is there any way we can give California back to the Mexicans? Of course they would have to take Brown, Pelosi, Feinstein, Waters and Boxer too.
Don’t forget Issa
Not long before its collapse, the Roman Empire welcomed barbarians.
Roman citizenship, which in earlier times was of value beyond measure, had become a burden.
When society and government becomes so corrupt as to not be worth defending, it will uh . . . not be defended.
There is little time.
Lois Lerner told him to stuff it and walked away after a six month vacation with her retirement intact