Voters who are African-American — one even proudly sporting a “Make America Great Again Hat” — are sick and tired of California’s sanctuary city policies, and they had no problem voicing their complaints to the Santa Clara city council.
Speaking out against the state’s Senate Bill 54, unofficially known as the “sanctuary state” bill, the residents spoke out about the negative impacts the law has had in their communities since it was signed by Governor Jerry Brown in October.
“Americans are dreamers too. We’re paying for welfare, for section 8, you costing us our jobs. We’re paying for you,” one woman said. “Respect Americans. This is America! This is our home and this is our country.”
The law blocks cooperation between state and local police and federal immigration authorities by barring local law enforcement from using resources to help with federal immigration enforcement.
Hear their concerns:
“The black community is most adversely affected by illegal alien activity,” another added. “When you come here illegally, they don’t get trucked into Brentwood, they don’t trucked into Beverly Hills. They get trucked into Watts, they get trucked into the streets of Crenshaw.”
After listening to their concerns, the Santa Clara city council voted 5-0 to oppose the SB 54 — making it the first city in Los Angeles County to officially oppose the legislation. The city joins a handful of other Southern California municipalities in opposition.
Watch the vote and reaction:
The city’s resolution cities provisions in SB 54 that conflict with federal law and directs the city attorney to file a brief in support of the Trump administration’s lawsuit against the state of California “if and when appropriate.”
The measure, however, is expected to be largely symbolic as Santa Clara is bound by the L.A. County Sheriff’s Department’s policies on immigration. Nonetheless, opponents of the law rejoiced at the outcome.
“This is an opportunity to mobilize the conservative base around the issue that most animates the conservative base, which is immigration,” Raphael Sonenshein, executive director of the Pat Brown Institute for Public Affairs at Cal State Los Angeles, said.
“It doesn’t mean that the City Council has the power to change anything right now,” he added. “But it elevates the issue and certainly Republicans see it as an issue that might bring people to the polls.”
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