California’s Political War With Trump Just Got Real

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California lawmakers are escalating their political war on the Trump regime advancing the first statewide bill to push back against his regressive agenda.

NBC News reports tonight that “Democrats in the California Senate ramped up their fight Tuesday against President Donald Trump, advancing a bill that would provide statewide sanctuary for immigrants by keeping local law enforcement from cooperating with federal immigration authorities.”

Continuing, NBC News reports that “the state Senate Public Safety Committee approved the measure with a 5-2 party-line vote after Trump signed an order threatening to withdraw some federal grants from sanctuary cities.”

“We want to make sure that police officers don’t abandon their beat and go enforce immigration laws,” Senate President Pro Tem Kevin de Leon of Los Angeles, the author of the measure, is quoted as saying by NBC News.

Home to an estimated 2.3 million immigrants without legal authorization, California is looking at additional measures to push back against Trump’s repressive and likely illegal and unconstitutional immigration policies.

Last week, San Francisco CBS affiliate KPIX 5 reported that “the state of California is studying ways to suspend financial transfers to Washington after the Trump administration threatened to withhold federal money from sanctuary cities.”

Officials are looking for money that flows through Sacramento to the federal government that could be used to offset the potential loss of billions of dollars’ worth of federal funds if President Trump makes good on his threat to punish cities and states that don’t cooperate with federal agents’ requests to turn over undocumented immigrants, a senior government source in Sacramento said.

California has been spearheading the political war against Trump from the time he won the election, with California Senate President pro Tempore Kevin de León (D-Los Angeles) and California Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon (D-Paramount) releasing a “Joint Statement from California Legislative Leaders on Result of Presidential Election” the morning after the election detailing their plan to “lead the resistance” to any efforts by President-elect Trump to “reverse generations of progress.”

With Democrats dominating all three branches of government and being the largest state in the country, California is uniquely qualified to take the lead in the war with Trump.

As Bloomberg reported shortly after the election, “With the largest economy in the U.S. and the sixth-largest in the world, the state enjoys greater independence from Washington than most.”

Speaking to its financial strength, Bloomberg adds that “State Democrats say there’s plenty they can do short of leaving the U.S. California has long been a net contributor to Washington’s coffers, receiving an estimated 78¢ in federal spending in return for every dollar it sends, according to a study by the Washington-based Tax Foundation, a nonprofit think tank that provides analysis of federal and state tax policies. That gives state leaders potential leverage when it comes to complying with policies it doesn’t like.”


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