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California officially becomes a ‘sanctuary state’ with the new year

January 3, 2018  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
California officially becomes a ‘sanctuary state’ with the new year

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On Monday, California officially became a “sanctuary state” after a bill that was signed by Democratic Governor Jerry Brown in October.

The law prohibits authorities in the country’s most populous state from asking people about their immigration status or taking part in federal immigration enforcement activities in most cases, according to the L.A. Times.

California is home to approximately 2.3 million undocumented immigrants.

“These are uncertain times for undocumented Californians and their families, and this bill strikes a balance that will protect public safety, while bringing comfort to those families who are living in fear every day,” Brown said when he signed the bill.

However, the measure has drawn a rebuttal from an unknown source, as signs ridiculing the law have appeared below the “Welcome to California” signs that greet drivers as they enter the state from Arizona and Nevada.

“OFFICIAL SANCTUARY STATE,” the signs said. “Felons, Illegals, and MS13 Welcome! Democrats Need The Votes!”

The bill was passed just as the Trump administration was vowing to crack down on sanctuary cities that decline to cooperate with immigration authorities.

Police are  unclear who is responsible but multiple signs were posted greeting motorists as they enter from Arizona and Nevada on Highway 95

Trump repeatedly exemplified the case of Kate Steinle, a woman who was shot and killed in July 2015, on a pier in San Francisco by an undocumented immigrant. The defendant faced trial for murder but was acquitted in November.

“No wonder the people are so angry with Illegal Immigration,” the president said in a tweet after the verdict was announced, which he referred to as “disgraceful.”

Other individuals in the Trump administration spoke out against the proposal in California.

“The bill risks the safety of law enforcement officers and the safety of the neighborhoods that need their protection,” Attorney General Jeff Sessions said back in September.

Thomas Homan, the acting director of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, also said: “By passing this bill, California politicians have chosen to prioritize politics over safety.

“Disturbingly, the legislation serves to codify a dangerous policy that obstructs our country’s immigration laws and shelters serious criminal alien offenders,” Homan’s statement added.

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