Law enforcement organizations across California have come together to condemn the state legislature’s recent move to turn California into a “sanctuary state.”
Over the weekend, the California State Sheriff’s Association, and California’s Peace Officer’s Research Association both released statements warning about the chaos that will result if all of California becomes a “sanctuary state.” President of the California State Sheriff’s Association, Sheriff Bill Brown of Santa Barbara County, issued a dire warning, saying “It’s a hazardous law for Californians and people sworn to protect and serve Californians and we would like to see it changed.”
The legislation in question, the “California Values Act,” makes it clear that lawlessness and hatred for the rule of law are apparently “Californian values.” Passing the state legislature on a strict party-lines vote, the Act is being used by state Democrats as a way of protesting Trump’s enforcement of existing immigration law, and his pending repeal of DACA Amnesty.
Specifically, the Sanctuary State law prevents all California schools, hospitals, libraries, and courthouses, and police officers from enforcing federal immigration laws. State Sen. Kevin de Leon of Los Angeles and several of the other Democratic leaders say the law is necessary in order to protect immigrant families from being parted after Trump has pledged to phase out an Obama-era program, the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals –DACA, the program shields young undocumented immigrants from being deported.
President of the Peace Officers Research Association of California, Michael Durant, warned, “Those who voted for this law are making California less safe, and at some point, there is going to be an incident that is going to backfire on the legislature when one of these criminal aliens is released.” The Peace Officers Research Association is a union representing 70,000 law enforcement officers in both California and Nevada.