California kicked off 2018 by implementing the most extreme “sanctuary” policies in America. With minimal exceptions, state and local law enforcement are being told to ignore detainer requests from federal law enforcement agencies. In a case of not-so-subtle sad irony, the law went into effect exactly one month after the killer of Kate Steinle – who would almost certainly be alive today if a federal detainer request was honored – was acquitted of murder charges.
While the state legislature values illegal aliens over the lives of law-abiding Americans, the citizens of California, along with some local governments, are fighting back. In addition to at least a dozen cities combatting the mandate, polling shows Californians are a lot more supportive of enforcing our borders than is commonly portrayed
According to a recent Survey USA poll, only 25 percent of voters believed that “state law enforcement should block ICE from detaining” a non-violent illegal alien, with 54 percent believe that law enforcement should either assist ICE or “stay out of the way” while they do their job.
The same poll shows that voters are almost unanimously against sanctuary policies when an illegal alien accused of a violent crime is arrested. In fact, only 11 percent of respondents believe that the alien should be protected from ICE, while 78 percent stated that local law enforcement should cooperate with federal agents or stay out of the process completely.
Furthermore, a new survey from the University of California at Berkeley revealed that 59 percent of Californians believe that it is “important to increase deportations of those here without documentation.”
Most Americans want the rule of law respected, even in California. So it’s egregious to see a state place its constituents in harm’s way. Thankfully, some Californians are starting to demand that the state serve the interests of American citizens once again.