California Town Sends a Big Double Bird to Sacramento Leftists
A small California town called Los Alamitos has become the first one in the state to rebel against the “sanctuary” laws that went into effect on January 1st. City leaders voted Monday to exempt themselves from Senate Bill 54, which forbids local law enforcement officers from cooperating fully with Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents. In choosing to depart from the state’s controversial legislation, Los Alamitos became a symbol of the “resistance to The Resistance” – a rare example of courage in the face of liberal orthodoxy.
The vote drew an extraordinary amount of local attention to Monday’s City Council meeting; after the members voted to approve the new ordinance, cheers filled the small chamber as pro-Trump residents celebrated a small but meaningful victory over the state’s leftist hegemony. “This is a win for America,” some shouted, according to the Los Angeles Times. That it was, friends. That it was.
The LA Times spoke to an Israeli immigrant (who came to the country LEGALLY), who said that there was a right way and a wrong way to emigrate to America. “The law is the law and has to be enforced all over the country,” Moti Cohen told the paper. “The country is a law-and-order country and you have to come here legally.”
SB 54 is not just under fire from small pockets of California conservatism; the law is currently being challenged in court by the Justice Department in what could be a watershed legal moment for the Trump administration. Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced the litigation two weeks ago, immediately after Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf made the outrageous decision to warn illegal immigrants that ICE agents were planning a raid in the Bay Area. ICE officials claimed that her reckless actions helped more than 800 criminal aliens escape arrest.
It remains to be seen if Los Alamitos will inspire other conservative hotbeds in California to raise a double bird salute to Sacramento or if this is a one-off stunt that will meet its demise under the heavy hand of state government litigation. Either way, the vote on Monday showed the country something that is often missed in news coverage of California’s sanctuary policies: Not everyone in the state wants to see California go to extreme lengths to protect illegal immigrants. And as long as that remains true, there remains hope for the future of this once (and in many ways, still) great state.