California’s Assembly Committee on Public Safety landed a crushing and dangerous blow on every family in California Tuesday when it squashed a bill that would have put the safety and lives of law-abiding citizens before that of criminal illegals.
The bill, introduced by California Assemblyman Travis Allen, R-Huntington Beach, countered the Democrat’s Sanctuary State Bill SB54, which prohibits local law enforcement from communicating with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials. The lone exception to SB54 is for convicted violent felons.
“California’s Democrat politicians have been promoting a policy of sheltering criminals in our state who are in here illegally,” stated Allen. “Californians don’t want criminals who are here illegally to be sheltered in their communities.”
Democratic lawmakers in Sacramento are unmoved by the basic rights of Americans to have a level of protection from criminal illegals and want California to become the nation’s first sanctuary state. California Senate Leader Kevin de Leon led the campaign.
During testimony before the Senate’s Public Safety Committee for SB54, de Leon responded to President Trump’s suggestion of “withholding federal funding” from California. He said, “Half of my family would be eligible for deportation under the executive order, because they got a false social security card, they got a false identification, they got a false driver’s license prior to us passing AB60, they got a false green card, and anyone who has family members who are undocumented knows that almost entirely everybody has secured some sort of false identification.”
“We’re not talking about someone’s grandmother sitting at home,” Allen states. “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.”
Allen’s bill was written to do three things: Stop state funds from going to any jurisdiction that claims to be a sanctuary or has sanctuary policies in place; mandate state law enforcement to cooperate directly with federal immigration officials; and prohibit the use of tax money to defend criminal aliens.
Agnes Gibboney, a proponent of sanctuary cities whose son Ronald da Silva was fatally shot by a previously deported illegal immigrant in 2002, stood beside Allen when the bill was presented.
“I don’t want another family member to live the hell, with pain and suffering that I live with every day,” Gibboney said. “There was no second chance for my son. Where is his sanctuary city? Where was his protection?”
Allen expected the bill to fail due to Republicans’ lack of power in the California State Legislature. He stated his purpose for introducing the bill was to influence public opinion and urge the Trump Administration to clarify who among the nation’s 11 million undocumented immigrants should be deported.
Aside: SB54 was reckless from the get-go. Sure, it’s been amended a few times, but the one thing that hasn’t changed is it came to life by a man who openly supports harboring illegal criminals. Half of his family is in California ILLEGALLY and has committed some kind of identity theft. He has publicly stated this. He sold a flawed and emotionally charged package claiming California would benefit through both a better economy and safer streets by making California a sanctuary city. Being a resident of California, I do NOT feel safer knowing law enforcement is being directed to protect illegal drunk drivers who’ve been deported five times. MANY residents in California DO NOT support SB54.