California has found itself embroiled in an internal conflict over illegal immigration, and it doesn’t look like it will be resolved anytime soon.
The Trump administration has been more vigorous in enforcing existing federal law on immigration than some previous administrations. Trump has called for an end to the sanctuary policies: where the locally established powers, either through legislation or general authority, refuse cooperate with ICE agents when processing criminals confirmed to be in the U.S. illegally.
California, the apparent poster-child of open borders, seems to have gone the opposite direction from the wishes of the Trump administration, doubling down on sanctuary policies. California passed SB 54, state-wide legislation that instructs local authorities to not cooperate with federal agencies when in custody of illegal immigrants. And while the Trump administration is understandably perturbed that California is making difficult the federal government’s constitutionally obliged duty, some counties and cities in California, tired of the crime that such laws attract, are resisting California state authorities with equal vigor to how the state is resisting Washington.
The struggle has had some back and forth between the state and smaller Californian governments. Local authorities declare or legislate their unwillingness to abide by …
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