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Malibu Sanctuary City Sign Draws Strong Reaction From Left And Right

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The city of Malibu, Calif. recently voted to become a sanctuary city. The news of such a wealthy town making that move was met with mixed reactions. While immigration activists saw the message the vote sent, some people were quick to make jokes about Malibu becoming a sanctuary city since it is 92 percent white and one of the richest cities in Los Angeles County. Someone decided to make a statement about Malibu’s new “sanctuary city” status, posting two signs with questionable messages.

This is one of the “prank” signs that appeared in Malibu after it became a sanctuary city.

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The sign reads:

“OFFICIAL SANCTUARY CITY

‘Cheap Nannies and Gardeners Make

Malibu Great!’

(Boyle Heights Not So Much)”

City officials have denounced the signs and had them removed. The intended message — whether to call out Malibu or make a statement against undocumented immigrants — is unclear.

“This was not an official city sign,” Malibu council member Laura Rosenthal told The Los Angeles Times.

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“To make a derogatory comment about that place is very childish and inappropriate. I’m embarrassed by that,” Peak said. “We have a lot of immigrants who work in Malibu. It’s probably the majority of the employees here.”

Nobody has taken credit for the sign but one right-leaning street artist is hinting at knowing the jokester’s identity.


“Some friends of mine put those up last night,” an artist known as Sabo told The Hollywood Reporter.

Whether the prank was done to make fun of Malibu or demonize undocumented immigrants, it clearly got a reaction from people.


READ: Los Angeles’ Police Chief Explains Why Los Angeles Needs Its Undocumented Population

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A Federal Court Ruled That Trump Cannot Withhold Federal Funds From Sanctuary Cities

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A Federal Court Ruled That Trump Cannot Withhold Federal Funds From Sanctuary Cities

A federal appeals court has ruled that President Donald Trump exercised executive overreach when he signed an executive order threatening to withhold funds from “sanctuary cities” if they don’t cooperate with federal immigration officials. The decision, issued by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit, only applies to California, which is home to several “sanctuary cities” and counties. Nonetheless the court decision was a small victory for the Trump administration, as a 2 to 1 court vote lifted the nationwide ban against the implementation of the 2017 executive order.

The ruling is a blow to the Trump administration’s efforts to punish cities and states that fail to help enforce federal immigration law.

The case stemmed from an executive order issued by President Trump shortly after taking office last year. He directed his administration to withhold federal funds from “sanctuary cities.” The 9th Circuit said Trump exceeded his authority because only Congress can put conditions on federal funds.

“Absent congressional authorization, the administration may not redistribute or withhold properly appropriated funds in order to effectuate its own policy goals,” Chief Judge Sidney Thomas wrote for the majority.

 The decision is a victory for immigration advocates in their ongoing battle with the Trump administration.

The Trump administration has repeatedly argued that “sanctuary cities” and states allow dangerous criminals to live among law-abiding citizens. However, immigrant communities have been proven to have lower crime rates. City officials in San Francisco say turning local police into immigration officers erases trust needed to get people to report crime.

Members of Congress are calling the threat to defund sanctuary cities politically motivated.

“Put simply, the president cannot use the threat of defunding as a weapon to force local governments to abandon politics that make their communities safer,” Counsel James R. Williams told The Boston Herald.

California state Sen. Kevin de León echoed the same response saying the Trump administration cannot overrule the courts ruling.

Hundreds of cities, counties and states have become sanctuary jurisdictions to preserve the integrity of their communities.

The term “sanctuary city” is used to refer to local jurisdictions (not just cities but counties and sometimes states) that don’t cooperate with federal immigration officials to find and deport unauthorized immigrants. According to The Ohio Jobs & Justice Political Action Committee, there is an estimated 500 jurisdictions that are sanctuary cities in the U.S.

The battle for “sanctuary cities” is far from over and it is immigrant communities that are at most risk.

Last month, a federal judge in Sacramento largely rejected a challenge by the Trump administration of three statewide California sanctuary laws. In April, a federal judge in Los Angeles sided with the city in a ruling that said the administration could not consider sanctuary policies in parsing out police grants. While the U.S. Supreme Court has yet to weigh in on the sanctuary policies, many believe that is where this case is heading. The Trump administration has yet to comment on whether it intends to appeal the decision.


READ: Trump Threatens Once Again To Shutdown The Government If He Doesn’t Get His Billions For The Border Wall

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Jeff Sessions Held A Press Conference To Discuss The Lawsuit Against California’s State Laws About Undocumented Immigrants

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Jeff Sessions Held A Press Conference To Discuss The Lawsuit Against California’s State Laws About Undocumented Immigrants

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The Trump administration and Jeff Sessions have doubled down on their attack on “sanctuary city” policies. “Sanctuary city” policies are policies designed and implemented to limit the scoop of which local and state law enforcement can cooperate with federal immigration authorities. The latest tactic by the Sessions led Department of Justice (DOJ) is a lawsuit against California for passing such measures. In fact, California recently passed the California Value’s Act, which limits who and how law enforcement can detain people based on immigration violations, according to the LA Times.

California officials have taken a strong stance against President Trump and his administration’s immigration policies and rhetoric. The California Values Act is the most significant move in that fight. The law was likely to end up in court just after it was passed. Sessions held a press conference today in Sacramento to announce the lawsuit that was filed earlier this week.

“We are going to fight these irrational, unfair, and unconstitutional policies that have been imposed on you and our federal officers,” Sessions said in a press conference about the lawsuit. “We are fighting to make your jobs safer and to help you reduce crime in America. We are fighting to have a lawful system of immigration that serves Americans. And we intend to win.”

California officials are being very vocal about their desire to fight against the lawsuit.

Kevin de León is currently running against Dianne Feinstein for her seat in the Senate.

California’s Attorney General Xavier Becerra left his position as representative to come back to California to fight back against Trump’s immigration policies. When he first took the position, Becerra hinted that he knew that he would have to legally fight the Trump administration and that he was ready. According to The Washington Post, that sentiment has not changed.

“States and local jurisdictions have the right to determine which policies are best for their communities,” Becerra told The Washington Post. He added: “Our track record so far when it comes to any dispute with the federal government has been pretty good on this count.”


READ: Defiant California Set To Vote On Act That Would Make Entire State A Sanctuary For Undocumented Immigrants

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