Grassroots Group Begins Filing to Defund CA Sanctuary Cities

“In a single week, there were more than 200 instances of jurisdictions refusing to honor ICE detainer requests."

Local paperwork has been filed to begin the process of defunding California sanctuary cities one by one, beginning with Cudahy, a city located in southeastern Los Angeles County that is populated predominantly by Latino immigrants

The Cudahy city council voted on January 6, 2015 to adopt a resolution declaring Cudahy a “Sanctuary City for Immigrants.” Breitbart reports that Joseph Turner, founder of American Children First, filed the paperwork last week under Prop 218 as a utility tax repeal that could deprive the small city of 13.5 percent of their general revenue funds, as part of a larger effort to defund sanctuary cities.

By filing under Prop 218, Turner needs to gather a mere 62 signatures from city voters. He plans to move on next to file in Huntington Park, California, whose city council made national news when it appointed illegal aliens to their city commissions in 2015. Turner said he would need only 176 signatures in Huntington Park, also in southeastern Los Angeles County but twice the size of Cudahy.

Turner, whose previous anti-illegal immigration efforts were profiled in the Wall Street Journal in 2006, founded the group American Children First after the 2016 presidential election. The organization’s website states that “[h]e recognized the short window of opportunity that exists to ensure that promises made on the issues of illegal immigration, border security, and trade are kept.” His plan is to keep replicating the initiative effort in other California sanctuary cities, hoping that success there will inspire Americans in other states to initiate similar initiatives.

On the national level, as Breitbart notes, U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions called for the halt of sanctuary city policies back in March to sanctuary cities which continually refuse “to detain known felons on federal detainer requests” or otherwise fail to comply with federal immigration laws. “In a single week," he said, "there were more than 200 instances of jurisdictions refusing to honor ICE detainer requests with respect to individuals charged or convicted of a serious crime. The charges and convictions against these aliens include: drug trafficking, hit and run, rape, sex offenses against a child and even murder."

In April, Sessions revealed that he had issued a letter to 10 sanctuary cities with a direct warning that failure to respond could result in loss of federal funds.