MOORLACH UPDATE — Sanctuary Repercussions — April 4, 2017

Senate Bill 54, the President Pro Tem’s righteous indignation against supposed mass deportations, passed in the Senate yesterday afternoon along party lines. Senate Bill 6 also passed (see MOORLACH UPDATE — Sanctuary State — February 2, 2017 february 2, 2017 john moorlach). Both bills are now up for consideration in the Assembly.

Many are not amused about sanctuary state status. Hours before the Floor Session, many received this e-mail from President Trump:

Friend,

Our terrific Attorney General, Jeff Sessions, has been cracking down on sanctuary cities, but now the liberal city of Seattle is trying to stop us by suing our Administration.

Sanctuary cities like Seattle and San Francisco have spent decades breaking our country’s immigration laws — and getting away with it.

Not anymore! Not on my watch.

So, you have to ask yourself, "Will President Trump actually exact a price for a belligerent response to his posturing? Is he really serious and will the taxpayers of California feel the brunt of it?"

Attorney General Jefferson B. Sessions III has already telegraphed his intentions about clawing back any funds awarded to a jurisdiction that violates federal law (see https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/attorney-general-jeff-sessions-repeats-trump-threat-that-sanctuary-cities-could-lose-justice-department-grants/2017/03/27/1fa38e2a-1315-11e7-9e4f-09aa75d3ec57_story.html?utm_term=.12f1df79ffac).

And Attorney General Sessions did not react well to California’s Chief Justice and her Joint State of the Judiciary Session rant (see https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/attorney-general-jeff-sessions-repeats-trump-threat-that-sanctuary-cities-could-lose-justice-department-grants/2017/03/27/1fa38e2a-1315-11e7-9e4f-09aa75d3ec57_story.html?utm_term=.12f1df79ffac and MOORLACH UPDATE — No, Not, or Nyet? — March 29, 2017 march 29, 2017 john moorlach).

All I can say is that this accountant is not into bluffing and playing chicken with other people’s money. The State Senate should feel the same.

California is so broke it has to raise your taxes this week in order to make its pension plan payments. Excuse me, I meant it needs to fix its intentionally neglected roads. Station KQED provides a portion of my Senate Floor remarks in the piece below.

California Senate OKs ‘Sanctuary’ State Bill; Critics Fear Losing Federal Money

By Katie Orr

https://ww2.kqed.org/news/2017/04/03/california-senate-oks-sanctuary-state-bill-critics-fear-losing-federal-money/

California’s Senate passed a bill late Monday that would make the state a “sanctuary state,” under which local and state law enforcement agencies would be prohibited from using their resources to help federal immigration officials.

The legislation, Senate Bill 54, passed despite last week’s announcement by U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions that sanctuary jurisdictions risk losing federal money. During the Senate debate, the bill’s author said he wasn’t deterred by Sessions’ remarks.

“We’re the great state of California. We don’t grovel and put our hand out so we can get a little budget money so we can buy a police car,” said Kevin de Leon, a Democrat. “That’s not who we are as a great state. Our role and responsibility is to protect all individuals and make sure our communities are safer.”

But critics like Republican Sen. John Moorlach said California can’t afford to anger the federal government.

“California has a very precarious budget,” he said. “It has major unfunded liabilities. It has major retiree medical expenses. It has severe infrastructure concerns. We just don’t need to jeopardize a funding source from the federal government.”

The bill, which now heads to the Assembly for approval, has been amended to allow for some communication between state and local law enforcement agencies and federal immigration authorities. But law enforcement groups say it’s still too restrictive.

An additional amendment would allow people who have previously been deported for violent felonies to be turned over to immigration officials. But Republican Sen. Pat Bates said that amendment doesn’t go far enough.

“I remain concerned about the criminals charged with crimes such as stalking, human trafficking, felony child abuse, domestic violence, Bates said. “And I can’t believe any of us really want to allow these individuals to remain in our communities and stay in our country after committing such heinous crimes.”

But de Leon countered that his bill would make the state safer.

“Undocumented residents commit crimes and are incarcerated at a lower rate than native-born residents,” he said. “Counties with sanctuary policies are safer and economically better off than comparable non-sanctuary counties.”

The bill now moves to the Assembly. Gov. Jerry Brown has not publicly said whether he’ll sign the legislation should it reach his desk.

Several other states have recently taken steps similar to de Leon’s bill, with the governors of Oregon and Washington recently signing executive orders declaring their states as “sanctuary” states.

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