Fox News attacks San Francisco’s sanctuary city policy using misinformation about immigration law and federalism.
As The Guardian reports, although Donald Trump will begin his presidency with “enviable power” due to Republican control over the House and Senate, he should not expect “plain sailing,” because Democrats are expected to fight back using every tool available, and California is no exception.
Mere hours after the election, California Senate President pro Tempore Kevin de León and California Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon released a “Joint Statement from California Legislative Leaders on Result of Presidential Election” detailing their plan to “lead the resistance” to any efforts by President-elect Trump to “reverse generations of progress.”
“Today, we woke up feeling like strangers in a foreign land, because yesterday Americans expressed their views on a pluralistic and democratic society that are clearly inconsistent with the values of the people of California,” they began. “While Donald Trump may have won the presidency, he hasn’t changed our values. America is greater than any one man or party. We will not be dragged back into the past. We will lead the resistance to any effort that would shred our social fabric or our Constitution.”
Stating that “We are not going to allow one election to reverse generations of progress at the height of our historic diversity, scientific advancement, economic output, and sense of global responsibility,” Sen. Leon and Speaker Rendon vow that they will “maximize the time during the presidential transition to defend our accomplishments using every tool at our disposal” by “reaching out to federal, state and local officials to evaluate how a Trump Presidency will potentially impact federal funding of ongoing state programs, job-creating investments reliant on foreign trade, and federal enforcement of laws affecting the rights of people living in our state.”
Earlier, California’s self-declared political war received a boost when Gov. Jerry Brown took an affirmative move toward setting that agenda of resistance in place by nominating California Democratic Congressman Xavier Becerra to serve as California’s next attorney general.
NBC News reported at the time that “As attorney general of the nation’s most populous state, Becerra will be in a key position to challenge President-elect Donald Trump’s policies and mandates that seek to undo those of California and other states on everything from energy and the environment to immigration, marriage equality and health care.”
Becerra issued a statement last week accepting Gov. Brown’s nomination. Referring to himself as “the son of immigrants,” he vowed to “fight for working families” before moving to “summarize his liberal bona fides.
“I have been part of some of the greatest debates confronting our nation, from opposing the Iraq War, to fighting to help Americans recover from the Great Recession, to launching the bipartisan immigration talks and helping write our nation’s health security law,” Becerra wrote, adding that “California right now is ahead of the country when it comes to clean energy, common sense treatment of immigrants, real health security and so much more.”
McClatchy DC reported last week that “in the face of Trump’s vow to deport millions of immigrants with criminal records,” Becerra appears poised to support California’s sanctuary cities — cities that have adopted policies protecting undocumented immigrants by refusing to support federal efforts to deport them or to prosecute them for violating federal immigration laws.
“No one who goes to a grocery store to shop should believe the state of California is going to do anything to keep them from going home to see their kids if they’re just being regular, hardworking individuals,” Becerra stated during the conference call, adding: “You’re talking to the son of immigrants, and I’m going to do everything I can to give that child of immigrant parents every chance I had.”
As Liberals Unite videographer Liberal Viewer notes in the video, below, Fox News is not very happy about the concept of sanctuary cities. Singling out San Francisco Fox proceeded to attack the city’s immigration policy by using the usual misinformation, distortions and exaggerations.
- You can see the YouTube playlist cited in this video titled “Feds Cannot Require Local Officials to Enforce Immigration Law Videos” at http://bit.ly/2gOICzv
- You can see Prof Ilya Somin’s Washington Post article titled “Federalism, the Constitution, and sanctuary cities” cited in this video at http://wapo.st/2hAOtWh
- More Fox News Happening Now video at http://bit.ly/2hAUjH2
- You can see a similar story from Fox News reporter Claudia Cowan that aired on Fox News that same day, December 13, 2016, on the Fox News website at http://bit.ly/2hLm6b1