California Senate President Pro Tem Kevin de León promised that the Legislature will fast-track new laws to expand the already generous protections the state offers to illegal aliens. Included will be funded legal representation for aliens that may face removal. Attorney General Xavier Becerra and former U.S. Attorney Eric Holder will have pivotal roles in what de León called the fight to “protect all Californians.”
|Defiant California legislators may eat their words.
De León was referring to Trump’s executive orders to begin construction on the Southwest border that includes part of California, and to withhold tens of millions of dollars in federal funding to California’s sanctuary cities and counties, most visibly Los Angeles and San Francisco.
Sen. Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco) made the most inflammatory comment when he called Trump’s executive orders “piece(s) of garbage” that are “part of a steady stream of hatred that’s been coming out of our own White House since Friday.”
In a further befuddling remark, Wiener added that: “Our sanctuary city status has allowed immigrant communities in San Francisco to flourish (and become) active members of their communities without fear of sweeps or being deported. It has allowed people to contact the police and not be fearful that when the police arrive, the victim of a crime is going to be detained and deported. We’re proud of our sanctuary city status and we are going to fight like crazy to protect it…not just in San Francisco, but California.”
Wiener’s glowing tribute to sanctuary cities is offensive to the families and friends of Kate Steinle, Marilyn Pharis and Jamiel Shaw, among many others, whose loved ones were murdered in sanctuary state California.
I don’t know if Wiener or de León watched Trump’s remarks at General John Kelly’s swearing in as Department of Homeland Security Secretary. But I tuned in and came away with the distinct impression that no state legislator from California or anywhere else is going to intimidate Trump or keep him from his mission to eliminate sanctuary cities.
Last week, I watched Trump sign the document that removed the United States from the Trans-Pacific Partnership. The camera zoomed in on Trump’s distinctive signature. Here’s what British Institute of Graphologists handwriting expert Tracey Trussell said Trump’s signature reveals: dynamism, bravery, fearlessness, determination and stubbornness. Trussell says he’s “undoubtedly a tough negotiator – he excels at being hard lined, bold and direct.”
Looks bad for de León, Wiener and the rest of California’s legislators who are under the mistaken impression that they can defy Trump.