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.
CREDIT: @Jenn_Abrams / Twitter
The sign reads:
“OFFICIAL SANCTUARY CITY
‘Cheap Nannies and Gardeners Make
(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.
“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.
It is the right, under the constitution, of state and local governments, including law enforcement, to refuse to cooperate with federal law. In other words, if the federal government issues a mandate, local officials do not have to comply. That is why some cities abide by Sanctuary policies to protect undocumented immigrants that are being persecuted by government agencies such as U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). However, ICE isn’t bowing down to the constitution and is taking matters to the courts.
Earlier this week, Homeland Security has issued a subpoena to Denver law enforcement to get information on three Mexican nationals and one Honduran who were previously in custody.
“Since we have no cooperation at the Denver justice center, we are modifying our tactics to produce information,” Henry Lucero, deputy executive associate director for ICE’s Enforcement and Removal Operations, said, according to the Associated Press.
According to the AP, Denver officials have 14 days to respond to the subpoena in three of the cases, but in the other, they have three days to respond. ICE officials allege that all four foreign nationals have been in jail for sexual assault and child abuse and have been previously deported.
“In the past, we had full support. We collaborated in the interest of public safety,” Lucero added. “This is a drastic change. And one ICE is forced to do and puts other agencies on notice that we don’t want this to happen. We want to protect the public.”
Officials at the Denver mayor’s office said they would not comply with the demands of ICE because the paperwork issued by ICE are not proper subpoenas but rather administrative forms and not legal document signed by a judge.
“The documents appear to be a request for information related to alleged violations of civil immigration law,” Chad Sublet, Senior Counsel to the Department of Safety in Denver, wrote, according to Time magazine. “Based on these facts, we are denying your request.”
Despite the support of local officials of Sanctuary policies, the majority of those cities have been struck by ICE as they have conducted numerous raids there, including in Denver.
Cities including Los Angeles, New York, and Chicago all have protections in place for undocumented people, but that has only fueled ICE to conduct raids there and elsewhere. Last year in September, ICE conducted raids in Colorado and Wyoming and, within four days, arrested 42 undocumented immigrants.
“It is our belief that state sanctuary policies [do] not keep the community safe,” John Fabbricatore, the acting director of the Denver ICE field office, said last year, according to KDVR news.
“We don’t believe deportation is ever the answer to what criminal activity might be going on,” Jordan García, with the Colorado Rapid Response Network, said in response to the raids.
In 2017, Denver Mayor Michael Hancock signed a law that stated law officials would not comply with ICE in any capacity.
The Denver Public Safety Enforcement Priorities Act was first signed unanimously by the Denver City Council, which was then signed by Mayor Hancock. The mandate “bans city officials from asking an arrested individual’s immigration status.”
While some city officials have prohibited the collaboration between local officials and federal agencies, that has not stopped some from working with ICE to arrest undocumented immigrants.
Last year in September, the Milwaukee Police Department assisted ICE agents in the detainment of a local resident who was undocumented. Even though Milwaukee does not have a Sanctuary policy in place, Police Chief Morales had previously said a year before they would not collaborate with ICE.
“I promised to bring back the public trust,” Morales said in 2018. “My job is to bring (back) trust from the community and work with them; my job is not to go out and enforce those types of laws.”
Those statements are why people were outraged that local Milwaukee officers assisted ICE in the detainment of an undocumented father.
Dreaming of being a Barbie girl in a Barbie world? Well, now is your chance to make that dream come true.
Thanks to a partnership between Mattel and Airbnb, they’re making Barbie’s iconic Malibu Dream House available to a guest and up to three friends. The house overlooks the Pacific Ocean and brings the spirit of the toy Dream House to life, with a plethora of pink decor and odes to Barbie’s history throughout the house.
Guests will have full access to the Malibu, California, house for the duration of their stay, and it comes with plenty of amenities, according to an Airbnb press release.
It’s true! Barbie’s Malibu Dream House could be yours for two nights!
Through booking site Airbnb, travelers can make their childhood fantasy — a stay at a full-sized Malibu Dreamhouse-themed mansion on the coast of southern California — come to life.
In celebration of the iconic brand’s 60th anniversary, the glamorous Barbie Dreamhouse Airbnb Experience boasts amenities such as an infinity pool with a water slide, an open-air meditation room, a small movie theater, third-floor basketball court and panoramic views of the Pacific.
With Barbie’s aesthetic in mind, the decor is chic, modern and, naturally, awash in pink.
All of this is possible because Barbie is celebrating her 60th birthday!
Barbie’s Malibu Dream House will be available on Airbnb for a two-night stay in honor of the doll’s 60th anniversary. Airbnb is partnering with Mattel to make the Dream House a reality for Barbie fans.
In honor of Barbie, Airbnb will also make a donation to the Barbie Dream Gap Project GoFundMe initiative, which aims to encourage young girls to pursue any career path they choose and increase the representation of women in all fields.
The house can sleep four guests, with two bedrooms and two bathrooms. The larger bedroom features a pink accent wall and a walk-in closet.
Though Airbnb makes it clear that if you’ll be visiting with more than one other guest, you’ll have to share a bed. I mean I’m in Barbie’s Malibu Dream House. I think I can manage that.
Barbie’s Malibu Dream House also has an infinity pool and a water slide. And a meditation space, because being Barbie can be stressful.
And yes, even the closets are decked out in all things Barbie.
The walk-in closet comes with clothes from Barbie’s many careers over the years. No word on whether or not you’ll be able to have your own Barbie fashion photo shoot or if they’re just there for decor but fashion lovers rejoice.
But your Barbie Dream House experience comes with a whole mix of other Barbie-centric activities.
Lucky guests will also have the opportunity to take part in just the sort of culturally enriching hobbies Barbie enjoys, led by other impressive women like herself: Fencing pro Ibtihaj Muhammad will be on-hand for private lessons; Jill Meyers, an aerospace engineer, is offering in-depth tours of the Columbia Memorial Space Center; and local chef Gina Clarke-Helm can teach you how to cook with California’s farm-to-table fare.
But it’s all temporary. After the birthday celebration, the house will then return to its regular Airbnb listing (without the Barbie décor). So get your booking on!