The legislators in Sacramento have made their position abundantly clear: They are willing to go to the ends of the earth (or at least the U.S. Supreme Court) to protect California’s illegal immigrant population from being deported. They have passed laws not only ALLOWING cities to thumb their noses at federal detainer requests but indeed REQUIRING them to do so. They have passed laws that threaten employers with sanctions and debilitating fines if they so much as talk to an ICE agent. And they have smiled approvingly on the likes of Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf, who went out of her way to warn illegals in her town that the feds were planning a raid.
You would think, from every news report, that all cities and towns within the borders of California were on board with this ultra-liberal, dangerously lawless agenda.
But you would be wrong.
At least one town – Los Alamitos – is considering an ordinance that would exempt them from the so-called California Values Act (SB54), which has been referred to as the country’s first Sanctuary State law. The law, says the proposed ordinance, “may be in direct conflict with federal laws and the Constitution of the United States.”
Wow, there are still elected officials in California who give a damn about the U.S. Constitution? Color us shocked.
The ordinance says that council members have sworn an oath to that oft-forgotten document and that the new state law makes it “impossible to honor our oath to support and defend the Constitution” while remaining faithful to the sanctuary policies.
Immigrant-rights activists, of course, believe that California’s law IS in accordance with the Constitution, which marks an extraordinary turnaround on the part of the left, which now believes that “states’ rights” is an issue worth litigating. As one Los Alamitos resident told the Orange County Register, though, these activists are in need of a history lesson.
“Everyone holding elective office takes the same oath to uphold the laws to protect and defend the Constitution of the United States. It doesn’t say unless the state legislature decides otherwise,” said Art DeBolt. “I do believe somewhere in our history, we fought a war to prevent states from ignoring the law of the land and preserving the union.”
Whether or not the city council actually votes to exempt themselves from California’s sanctuary laws this week, their proposition proves that not everyone on the West Coast is buying into the left’s attempt to erase our borders. That’s a small ray of hope from a state that has become increasingly unmoored from every principle that makes the United States…united.