California becomes a sanctuary state
October 5, 2017
• Governor signs new laws creating a shield
• “These are uncertain times for undocumented Californians and their families”
With strokes of Gov. Edmund Gerald Brown Jr.’s pen on eleven bills to “enhance” housing, school, workplace and civil protections for California’s immigrants, the Golden State is now the Sanctuary State.
“This action protects public safety and ensures hard-working people who contribute to our state are respected,” says Mr. Brown.
In signing one of the bills, the governor attached a special message to the Legislature, an unusual action for Mr. Brown.
“These are uncertain times for undocumented Californians and their families, and this bill strikes a balance that will protect public safety, while bringing a measure of comfort to those families who are now living in fear every day,” it says in part.
Mr. Brown notes that none of the new laws prevent agents of the federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement or the Department of Homeland Security from doing their own work in any way. “They are free to use their own considerable resources to enforce federal immigration law in California,” the governor notes.
In a nutshell, the eleven new laws limit how state and local law enforcement can work with and report to federal immigration officials.
There are an estimated 2.3 million immigrants living illegally in California. More than 30 California cities had already declared themselves “sanctuary cities.”