Feb 1, 2017 (SACRAMENTO) The State Senate Public Safety Committee advanced the California Values Act, moving it to the full state senate. Assembly Bill 54 will do the following if passed this bill would prevent any cooperation with federal agencies. It would “prohibit state and local law enforcement agencies and school police and security departments from using resources to investigate, interrogate, detain, detect, or arrest persons for immigration enforcement purposes.”
This will extend the policies of cities such as San Francisco and Los Angeles, to the full state. It is sure to set a battle in the Federal courts.
Why? This is partially what the executive order issued by the White House reads.
(a) In furtherance of this policy, the Attorney General and the Secretary, in their discretion and to the extent consistent with law, shall ensure that jurisdictions that willfully refuse to comply with 8 U.S.C. 1373 (sanctuary jurisdictions) are not eligible to receive Federal grants, except as deemed necessary for law enforcement purposes by the Attorney General or the Secretary. The Secretary has the authority to designate, in his discretion and to the extent consistent with law, a jurisdiction as a sanctuary jurisdiction. The Attorney General shall take appropriate enforcement action against any entity that violates 8 U.S.C. 1373, or which has in effect a statute, policy, or practice that prevents or hinders the enforcement of Federal law
We expect to see lawsuits as soon as this is signed into law, if not earlier. It will also make one of the largest states in the Union a center of resistance to the Federal Government. Yes, the state will lose federal funds, however, the state can weather those losses, since it is a donor state. We expect to see that fact fought in the courts, with redirection of those taxes to the state.
The state has already joined another 15 state attorney generals opposing the Muslim ban. This is also one of a few pieces of legislation in the State legislature. It fulfills a promise by Speaker Kevin DeLeon in November to defend the values of the state.