Republican lawmakers introduced legislation to prevent California from Democratic plans to become the nation's first sanctuary state, according to Fox News.
Assemblyman Travis Allen, R-Huntington Beach, said "California's Democrat politicians have been promoting a policy of sheltering criminals in our state who are in here illegally. Californians don't want criminals who are here illegally to be sheltered in their communities."
So Allen unveiled a bill to stop state funds from going to any jurisdiction that claims to be a sanctuary or has sanctuary policies in place. It also mandated state law enforcement to cooperate directly with federal immigration officials and prohibited the use of tax money to defend criminal aliens.
Allen's bill was intended to counter SB 54, reports Fox, which prohibits local law enforcement from communicating with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials in all cases except when convicted violent felons are involved. California Republicans believe that's insufficient because it means those deported in the past, those convicted of prior or multiple misdemeanors, and those who plead guilty to lesser offenses would be protected.
"We're not talking about someone's grandmother sitting at home," Allen said. "Child abusers, drug abusers, stalkers, people guilty of sexual battery. These are serious, serious criminals and we shouldn't we be using state funds to protect those criminals in our communities."
Of course, California is controlled entirely by Democrats, and thus the Assembly Committee on Public Safety in Sacramento quashed Allen's bill swiftly, which Republicans expected. Allen said he introduced the bill to influence public opinion and to urge the Trump Administration to clarify who among the nation's 11 million undocumented immigrants should be deported.
Allen had introduced the bill alongside Agnes Gibboney, whose son Ronald da Silva was fatally shot by a previously deported illegal immigrant in 2002. "I don't want another family member to live the hell, with pain and suffering that I live with every day," she said. "There was no second chance for my son. Where is his sanctuary city? Where was his protection?"