In California, they are moving ahead with legislation that will turn the entire state into a sanctuary for illegal immigrants. In other words, they want to prohibit ANY city official from cooperating with federal immigration authorities. They want to ban ANY sheriff from notifying ICE when they have an illegal immigrant in custody, no matter how heinous the charges are against them and no matter how many times they have been deported. They want to prohibit ICE from even conducting raids in their cities and towns. They are just BEGGING for a fight with President Donald Trump.
But what they’re doing now really takes the cake.
California Democrats are quickly passing two new pieces of coordinated legislation that would make it more difficult for private businesses to turn illegal immigrants into the proper authorities. One bill, which has already passed the House, would bar landlords from telling authorities anything about the immigration status of their tenants. Another one, which has cleared committee, would bar private employers from allowing immigration authorities onto their worksites or giving them employee records. The only exceptions would be granted if ICE came in with a warrant or a subpoena. Otherwise, these private businesses would be BREAKING THE LAW by…COOPERATING WITH THE LAW.
This has gone too far.
The California Chamber of Commerce objects to the bills, saying they are a government infringement on private rights. In a statement, policy advocate Marti Fisher said, “It penalizes an employer for choosing to cooperate with federal immigration enforcement authorities, thereby denying the employer the right to determine the best course of action for its business.”
Proponents of the bill cite instances of landlords or employers using the threat of deportation to keep their tenants/employees from complaining. From NBC News:
Oakland resident Maria Estrada said she had complained to her landlord about a broken refrigerator, a clogged toilet and an unsecure back door, among other problems in her studio apartment. She told lawmakers he threatened to report her daughter to federal immigration authorities if they continued asking him to make repairs.
“We could not sleep because of the stress of our family breaking up,” Estrada said. “No one should have to experience the fear, the pain and harassment which my family has suffered just because they are undocumented.”
Sorry, but if you are breaking the law, you indeed have to experience the fear that you will be found out. And yes, that puts you at risk for threats and harassment. Maybe that’s not a “nice” thing the landlord did, but that’s the way things are here in the real world.
If you don’t like it…
…we’ll change the law so that YOU feel comfortable and American CITIZENS are made to feel like THEY are the ones who don’t belong here.
What could go wrong?