The California Assembly is back from its summer break, and a vote is expected soon on SB 54, the bill that would severely limit cooperation between federal immigration authorities and local and state law enforcement. California would essentially become a sanctuary state. Governor Jerry Brown has indicated that he would like to see changes made in the bill as it is currently written, but hasn’t provided specifics.
The national debate over sanctuary cities has intensified since President Trump’s election, and his subsequent appointment of Attorney General Jeff Sessions. President Trump has promised to crack down on sanctuary cities, and Sessions has pledged to withhold Department of Justice grants that total in the millions of dollars.
Some California legislators consider the Assembly passing SB 54, and Governor Brown’s signature that would make it law, a foregone conclusion. But that may not be the case. Since Republicans are solidly unified against SB 54 because it provides safe haven for criminal aliens and moderate Democrats are fence-sitting because it may lead to the loss of vital federal funding; the bill’s passage in the Assembly is not a sure thing.
In anticipation of a vote that could come at any time, Don Rosenberg, whose son was killed by an illegal alien in sanctuary city San Francisco, has reached out to Assembly members in Sacramento to argue against the legislation. CAPS is also running ads in the capitol city through this week that ask Assembly members to vote no on SB 54 and to make citizens’ safety paramount.
This ad promotes California as a sanctuary for citizens and not criminals; this ad encourages the Trump Administration to make good on its pledge to defund sanctuary cities, and this video includes a petition to urge the U.S. Senate to sign the federal “No Sanctuary for Criminals Act,” which the House of Representative passed earlier this year.
Californians can also go to the CAPS Action Alert page here to tell their Assembly member to reject SB 54.