The chairman of the Republican Party of California contends that most Californians – regardless of party affiliation – don't want the state to be a "sanctuary" for illegal immigrants.
Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced last week that the U.S. Department of Justice is going to sue the state of California over its sanctuary policy, which federal immigration authorities contend has obstructed public safety and law enforcement. Furthermore, the DOJ is looking at possible obstruction charges against Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf for tipping off illegal aliens about an impending Immigration and Customs Enforcement raid.
Jim Brulte, chairman of the Republican Party of California, tells OneNewsNow: "Just because the liberal Democrats, who control the California state legislature, believe California should be a sanctuary state doesn't mean that rank-and-file Democrats, Independents, and Republicans agree with them. In fact, most Californians don't believe we should be a sanctuary state."
He says it is intellectually dishonest on the part of California's leaders to say they're going to follow the federal laws they agree with and ignore those with which they disagree.
"If you're a city or a county in California and you try to ignore a law that California thinks should be enforced, California government is willing to go into court to force local government to comply with the rules they have passed," he points out.
In fact, California Attorney General Xavier Becerra came under fire recently when he warned businesses in the state that they faced possible fines (up to $10,000) if they give employee information to federal immigration authorities. That's in accordance with California's "Immigrant Worker Protection Act," which took effect on January 1.
Travis Allen, a state lawmaker who's seeking the GOP nomination for governor, described Becerra's actions as "textbook criminal obstruction of justice," for which the AG should be prosecuted by the DOJ.