California may have declared itself a Sanctuary State, but a new immigration enforcement operation in Los Angeles shows that when it comes to illegal immigration in the Trump Era, there really is no such thing. According to the Los Angeles Times, immigration agents are out in force this week and have already arrested more than 100 people suspected of being in the country illegally.
From the Times:
The sweep, which began Sunday, is focusing on “individuals who pose a threat to national security, public safety and border security,” Immigration and Customs Enforcement spokeswoman Sarah Rodriguez said.
“This means that, ideally, we are working with local police and county jails to identify public safety threats in their custody, who are also in the country illegally, for deportation,” Rodriguez said in a written statement.
But “uncooperative jurisdictions” such as Los Angeles, she said, have forced ICE agents to “conduct at-large arrests in the community, putting officers, the general public and the aliens at greater risk, and increasing the incidence of collateral arrests.”
“That is what ICE is now doing in Los Angeles, and what ICE will continue to do in uncooperative jurisdictions,” Rodriguez said.
The fact is, the 2016 vote left no doubt about where the American people stood on the subject of illegal immigration. Donald Trump would not have made it past his first speech if his campaign rhetoric did not strike a deep and meaningful chord with many millions of Americans who are sick of watching our country go to hell in a handbasket thanks to politicians who won’t enforce the law. And California thought they could pass their silly little sanctuary bill and what? Trump was just going to wipe his hands and say, “Fine, you win, harbor as many illegal aliens as you want”?? Not a chance in hell.
If California’s problems could be kept within California’s borders, that would be one thing. Hey, we’re all for state’s rights. But when it comes to illegal immigration, California’s soft policies hurt all of us, everywhere. They hurt America. They endanger innocent citizens, they do long-term damage to the American economy, and they cannot stand unchallenged. Americans in Oregon, Texas, Kansas, North Carolina, and everywhere else have the right to expect that federal law will be enforced at the border, regardless of how overrun the California legislature is with anchor babies and bleeding hearts.
We could have done this the easy way, left coast. But, since you insist…