Last month, the small California town of Los Alamitos sent shockwaves running up the coast to Sacramento when the city council voted on an ordinance that would free local officials from the constraints put upon them by the recent sanctuary laws passed by the state government. The controversial vote was harshly criticized by Attorney General Xavier Becerra, who warned at the time that the state would vigorously enforce the new law, regardless of any local votes.
But if Becerra hoped to scare Los Alamitos straight, his statements were in vain. On Monday, the town council voted yet again to implement the new ordinance. In a 4-1 vote, the council members opted out of the state’s law that prohibits law enforcement officers from cooperating with federal detainer requests. The vote was necessary because Los Alamitos city law mandates that the council hold two readings of a measure before putting it into effect. It proved that, among other things, the first round of opposition to the sanctuary policies was no fluke.
The ACLU, which has shown itself to be an absolute fraud over the past week with their failure to come to the defense of President Trump and Michael Cohen, went even further in tarnishing their reputation – calling the ordinance “a blatant violation of the city’s obligation to follow a state law that puts our local resources to use for the safety of our communities rather than toward federal immigration agencies.”
What a load of hooey. Sorry, but it doesn’t take any particular “local resources” to keep a criminal in jail for a couple of days while ICE comes and removes them. That’s about as basic as cooperation between local and federal government can get, and it is done without incident all around the country. It was, indeed, done in Los Alamitos until California went and passed this ridiculous law that puts them – whether they know it or not – on the path to secession. This has absolutely nothing to do with civil liberties and everything to do with the security of our communities.
More than a dozen California cities have now spoken out against the sanctuary law, with a few of them even signing on to the Trump administration’s lawsuit against the state. Put plainly, this isn’t going to go the way Sacramento’s Democrats think. California is now outside the boundaries of “states’ rights” and has moved into what amounts to an insurrection against the federal government. All in support of millions of people who do not belong in this country. The backlash is coming, and it will be fierce.