Like the America of our ideals, California welcomes newcomers who arrive seeking to build new lives. Yes, the history of our state’s quest for equality, like that of our nation, is marred by mistakes and aberrations. But as President Donald Trump plays his harsh brand of politics with the children of immigrants who came here illegally, California lawmakers must take a stand by approving Senate Bill 54, legislation that would create what has come to be known as a sanctuary state.
The legislation by Senate President Pro Tem Kevin de León, D-Los Angeles, would bar state and local officials, including police – whose job it is to keep the peace at California’s very diverse state and local level – from using their resources to perform and support federal immigration enforcement. We agree.
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