Over the last several weeks, President Trump has put sanctuary cities on notice: stop protecting undocumented immigrants or risk losing billions in federal funding for state programs. California’s political leaders are far from intimidated, and in fact are now discussing turning the entire state into a sanctuary for its undocumented population, The Hill reports.
On Tuesday, California’s Senate Public Safety Committee approved the California Values Act, which calls for several protections for undocumented immigrants.
— Our Revolution (@OurRevolution) January 25, 2017
The Act, which was introduced in December, would provide several protections for undocumented residents, including legal funding for undocumented immigrants. It would also block “immigration enforcement” in several institutions, including schools and hospitals. San Francisco has already filed a lawsuit against the Trump Administration, saying it violates the Tenth Amendment, according to The Hill.
Undocumented immigrants are in integral part of California’s identity, economy and history.
— Jerry Brown (@JerryBrownGov) January 24, 2017
It’s not just about the money for California’s politicians, as they are already willing to sacrifice federal funding to protect their undocumented immigrant population. Governor Jerry Brown has gone on record, according to Yahoo! News, saying that they are “integral” to what California stands for. “They have helped create the wealth and dynamism of this state from the very beginning,” said Brown.
The push for sanctuary status is led by the legislation, which is majority Democrat.
Dem lawmakers in CA moving legislation to make CA a Sanctuary state https://t.co/NpQrNEOxG2
— Natsumi Paxton (@NatsumiPaxton) January 27, 2017
Prior to 1992, California was largely Republican. But the growing Latino population, which is now a majority in the state, has pushed the state towards the left, creating a super majority of Democrats in the state legislation. As of today, 27 of California’s Senators are Democrats. Senate President and Democrat Kevin de León released a statement back in December, saying, “We will not stand by and let the federal government use our state and local agencies to separate mothers from their children.”
The California Values Act is scheduled to move to the Senate, where it will go up for vote.