The topic of illegal immigration recently gained new life and it is especially in full-swing because of a new California law. The “Sanctuary State” law goes against federal law and allows illegal immigrants to stay in California with no punishment at the state level.
According to Fox News Insider, Acting ICE Director Thomas Homan appeared on Fox News to talk more about California’s law and how it affects people working with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). “Sanctuary cities don’t want to fund a border wall to keep illegal aliens out, but they want to fund sanctuary cities to keep illegal aliens in,” Homan summarized. He went on to ask the question of the hour, “The border wall is a good tool,” he said. “We have proven it worked. Why would we not want to do it?”
On the other side of this argument, you have California Governor Jerry Brown (D). Brown continues to act completely oblivious to the real ways that this law impacts our immigration policy and the ICE agents operating in the State of California.
According to Browm, this bill “does not prevent or prohibit Immigration & Customs Enforcement, or the Department of Homeland Security from doing their own work in any way.”
After Brown’s response, the acting ICE Director pondered whether or now Brown even read the bill that he signed off on. Homan then proceeded to explain how this bill hurts ICE and our country as a whole.
The new California Sanctuary State law stops law enforcement from asking any questions pertaining to immigration when they pull someone over or book them. In other words, how would ICE ever know that someone was illegal unless they had previous intel?
The bill also orders law enforcement not to hold criminals for ICE. Furthermore, they are exempt from having to contact federal authorities when that illegal immigrant is released.
Homan stated that Brown “ought to read his bill.” Talking points are nice, but if they directly conflict with the law that was passed no one is going to buy them — so why try to make this something it isn’t?
The goal is simple. California would love nothing more than to be a “haven” for illegal immigrants who are looking for somewhere to go without getting deported. This could have lasting effects on communities that are already established in California.
With the push for sanctuary cities and compassionate treatment of illegals, do we need to remember that illegal immigration is still illegal?
You would think that lawmakers would be worried about protecting the people that they constitutionally swore to protect, the citizens of the United States. Instead, they have turned their backs at the worst possible time.
Homan sent out a stern reminder at end of his interview. “To enter this country illegally is a crime. We can’t forget that,” Homan said.
“That’s a message that has been lost in the last decade.” Lost indeed, the role of identity politics in our society is throwing the federal law out the window in exchange for what “feels good” for a group of people in California.