To stay true to the political platform that won Donald Trump the election, America’s Republican-run federal government has attempted to crack down on illegal immigration. However, various states and cities have made a backlash against the federal government’s policies by enacting “sanctuary laws.”
“Sanctuary laws” are policies that protect undocumented immigrants from being deported and reprimanded for their status. California is a place that is especially known for its liberal policies toward immigrants and the efforts that it has made to become a sanctuary for undocumented immigrants.
California’s sanctuary stance has made a more confusing, sticky situation in California. There are now numerous cities in California that have hopped on board with the federal government and are now supporting a federal lawsuit against California for it’s “sanctuary laws.”
San Diego is one of these cities. On Thursday morning, President Trump thanked San Diego for supporting the lawsuit. He further went on to express the idea that sanctuary laws make America less safe because they let violent criminals get off the hook on the basis of being illegal aliens.
This past Tuesday, April 17, 2018, the San Diego County Board of Supervisors voted to support the federal government’s lawsuit. The vote came to 3 -1, showing very strong support for the federal government’s stance. There are a number of laws that the lawsuit goes against. One law is SB-54—a law that limits how much federal immigration officers and local law enforcement can cooperate with each other.
President Donald Trump and the governor of California, Jerry Brown, have opposing views when it comes to immigration. For weeks, they have been making tweets against each other on this topic. Trump somewhat taunted Brown for a claim that 400 National Guard troop would be employed to basically not do anything in the case of the federal government getting their way. The President went on to say that the Federal Government refuses to pay for any ridiculous thing that is pointless and goes against their word.