In a 3-2 city council vote last week, Malibu’s beachfront community of wealthy elite and majority white population became the nation’s latest sanctuary city. According to the LA Times, the move was motivated by the “privileged to stand up for the city’s vulnerable population” — meaning, the hired help these rich white folks don’t want to lose.
The single inspiration behind this motion was actor Martin Sheen, whom the Times said brought out his inner President Bartlet from The West Wing in a dramatic speech as “he grabbed the lectern” at the meeting and “urged the city to become a sanctuary city.”
“We want to express our sincere gratitude for the outgoing members for their service, and we take special notice for their unanimous support for the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe’s opposition to the Dakota Access pipeline,” Sheen said. “[T]hat heroic resolution, and the heightened level of fear gripping so much of our nation since Nov. 8, we urge the council to adopt a resolution declaring the city of Malibu a sanctuary city.”
The LA Times reports that “Malibu is about 92% white and one of L.A. County’s wealthiest cities. Everyone agrees the city has workers who are not authorized to be in the United States, and they tend to serve the food at upscale eateries, clean the beachside mansions, look after children and keep the landscaping looking lush.”
Councilwoman Laura Rosenthal said that the illegal aliens in Malibu are “scared” and the city “wanted to send a clear message that we are here for you.”
About 6% of Malibu is Latino, the report continues. Some 80 children are here illegally and spread across the city’s schools. It’s the city’s best-kept secret, “one rarely talked about,” The Times notes, “even at last week’s council meeting.”
Residents made it clear no one wants the illegals punished and would indeed welcome more.
“Heck … we would be paralyzed and no one’s houses would be cleaned,” a lifelong resident of Malibu said. However, not all residents were keen on the idea and spoke up. Yet, the council passed the resolution on a split vote.
An illegal immigrant was interviewed for the story and said he commutes an hour per day from Compton to care for upscale boutiques. He said people like him are doing the jobs no one else wants. Another illegal said he came from Guatemala 20 years ago and also makes the long trek from South L.A. to Malibu everyday to work the landscapes. He has had three kids born here, has a driver’s license, and said he pays taxes. Now that Malibu is a sanctuary city, he “feel[s] more safe” from deportation.
President Trump has threatened to withhold federal funds from cities who seek sanctuary status. However, Malibu would risk only $50,000 in cuts from the federal government. Sheen could sneeze and cover that to keep his underpaid staff serving his every need.