Court Sends Clear Signal: Only A Citizen Initiative Can Solve California’s Sanctuary-City Madness

Voters Will Get To Punch Back Hard On 2020 Ballot

A federal judge on Wednesday denied the Trump administration’s request to immediately halt California’s sanctuary state law, Senate Bill 54. But backers of a planned ballot initiative say the ruling proves that their approach is the right one for rolling back sanctuary state laws.

In his 60-page ruling, U.S. District Judge John A. Mendez clearly stated that immigration policy can only be changed legislatively, writing: “But if there is going to be a long-term solution to the problems our country faces with respect to immigration policy, it can only come from our legislative and executive branches.”

That’s good news for supporters of the “Children, Family, and Community Protection Act,” a ballot initiative created by parents who’ve had their families destroyed by illegal alien crime. The initiative was filed with the State of California April 18 and on June 22 received title and summary State Attorney General Xavier Becerra to begin gathering signatures.

The initiative was filed by Don Rosenberg, father of a young man killed by an illegal immigrant and a founder of Fight Sanctuary State (, a coalition of parents, families and California residents making communities safer by rolling back sanctuary cities and states.

“The court was crystal clear,” Rosenberg said. “The only long-term solutions to the crime and public-safety hazards of illegal immigration are legislative solutions. Luckily, in California, the citizens can enact legislation right at the ballot box – and that’s just what we intend to do!”

The initiative would effectively end California’s sanctuary state policies:

  • It requires state and local law enforcement to attempt to verify the immigration status of arrestees suspected of being in United States without documentation and to notify federal and state agencies when arrestees appear to be undocumented.
  • It prohibits local governments and law-enforcement agencies from preventing or limiting cooperation with federal immigration authorities, setting criminal penalties and minimum $10,000 fines for noncompliance.
  • It prohibits automatic voter registration; requires an affidavit for voter eligibility.
  • It prohibits issuing driver’s license or identification card without verifying citizenship or immigration status.
  • It frees all California employers to use the federal E-Verify system when hiring.

Rosenberg observed the people of California have suffered and are suffering as a result of the lack of leadership from elected officials – most notably Governor Jerry Brown and State Senate President pro Tempore Kevin De Leon. “We’re fed up with California’s elected officials playing politics with our lives and prioritizing criminals over citizens and legal immigrants.”

Signature gathering will begin in July, according to campaign officials; 365,880 voter signatures are necessary to qualify the initiative for the November 2020 ballot.


Don Rosenberg, father of a young man killed by an illegal immigrant, has formally filed the “Children, Family, and Community Protection Act” ballot initiative with the State of California today.

The initiative would delete sections of the California Government Code related to two bills passed in 2017, the deceptively-named California Values Act (SB 54) and the Immigrant Worker Protection Act (AB 450). It would require law enforcement officers to cooperate with federal immigration officers, impose criminal penalties on law enforcement officers and government officials who don’t, and eliminate driver’s licenses for illegal aliens.

In his filing, Rosenberg observed the people of California have suffered and are suffering as a result of the lack of leadership from our elected officials – most notably Jerry Brown and Kevin De Leon. “We’re fed up with California’s elected officials playing politics with our lives and prioritizing criminals over citizens and legal immigrants.”

The initiative can be viewed here.

Chuck Woolery and Mark Young Endorse Fight Sanctuary State Ballot Initiative

Chuck Woolery and Mark Young, hosts of the highly-rated podcast ​Blunt Force Truth:The Show​, have endorsed our proposed California ballot initiative to delete sections of the California Government Code created by the deceptively-named California Values Act (SB 54) and Immigrant Worker Protection Act (AB 450) that enshrined Sanctuary in state law.

Woolery highlighted the absurdity of these laws. “Why is there a debate on illegal aliens? Anything called illegal is not up for debate. Any law the places illegal immigrants over the citizens of this county must be opposed. No American should ever fear falling victim to outside invaders.

Young pointed out the dilemma these laws pose for law-abiding Californians, noting that “California’s sanctuary state laws are not only unconstitutional, but morally reprehensible. The intent of the law is to force law-abiding citizens and local law enforcement to decide between violating the federal law or the state law. California’s sanctuary state law mirrors the actions of pro-slavery states during the Civil war. This law must be abolished.”

Fight Sanctuary State Announces California Ballot Initiative to Repeal Sanctuary Laws

Fight Sanctuary State co-founder Don Rosenberg announced the group’s proposed ballot initiative on “Fox and Friends” Wednesday morning.

Many Californians are justifiably outraged by Sanctuary State laws and have focused on repealing SB 54 and AB 450. Our proposed initiative would accomplish this. But simply repealing those two laws will not fully address the scope of the problems Californians face as a result of mass, unchecked illegal immigration. Long before SB 54, “sanctuary” jurisdictions in California have obstructed federal immigration enforcement, and with each legislative session illegal aliens are given more privileges by state lawmakers. These laws and policies must also be rolled back – and prohibited in the future.

Without laws on the books tying their hands – and criminalizing their obstructive behavior – politicians like Kevin de Leon, Jerry Brown, and Libby Schaaf will continue to prioritize illegal alien criminals and penalize law-abiding citizens and legal residents.

Schaaf, de Leon, and Brown claim SB 54 is needed to protect otherwise law-abiding illegal aliens who are victims of crime from being deported should they report a crime or serve as a witness. They claim that “dangerous” criminals will still be turned over to ICE, and that sanctuary cities are safe cities. Each one of those claims is a flat-out lie, and they know it.

Here are the facts Schaaf, de Leon, and Brown are hiding.

FACT: SB 54 does not contain any provision protecting otherwise “law-abiding” illegal aliens. SB 54 orders state and local law enforcement authorities to halt any cooperation with ICE or the Border Patrol – even simply sharing inmate release dates. SB 54 actually harms otherwise “law-abiding” illegal aliens by forcing ICE agents to apprehend criminal illegal aliens in the community instead of at a secure location like a jail.

FACT: As of January 1, 2018 thousands of “dangerous” criminals have been released to the streets instead of being turned over to ICE. Perhaps Schaaf, de Leon and Brown have a different definition of “dangerous” than we do, but we believe most Californians want drug dealers, drunk drivers, and sex offenders turned over to ICE and not set free. In Orange County alone, more than 240 criminals have been released back into the community instead of being sent to ICE.

FACT: The California cities which have embraced sanctuary policies for decades have the highest crime rates and highest rates of homelessness in the state. Immigrant neighborhoods in those cities are not any safer, in part because those are the neighborhoods to which illegal alien criminals return when they are released from county jails.

FACT: Because of Sanctuary State laws, innocent, law-abiding citizens and legal residents of California are being killed, raped, assaulted, and burglarized by illegal alien criminals who would not have been in a position to harm them otherwise. In February 2018, six-year-old Grace Aguilar was killed by a drunk driver who had previously been convicted of DUI – and who had been deported twice. He was not detained for ICE after his 2015 DUI conviction. In January, an illegal alien who had obtained a driver’s license and was driving for Uber was arrested for raping four college students.

Despite the facts, these politicians continue to lie to the people of California and smile as they go out of their way to subvert the work of federal immigration officers. California Attorney General Xavier Becerra is more motivated to attack AG Sessions, President Trump, and California employers than to rid the state of illegal alien felons.

For some reason our state’s leaders are hellbent on protecting illegal alien criminals instead of performing their sworn duties.

We’ve had enough.

Our ballot initiative, if passed, will:

  • Delete CA Government Code Sections 7284 through 7284.12, 7285, 7285.1, 7285.2, and Labor Code Sections 90.2 and 1019.2 (SB 54 and AB 450),
  • Require that state and local law enforcement notify federal immigration authorities when they have an illegal alien in custody,
  • Require that state and local law enforcement agencies fully cooperate with federal immigration authorities and honor detainer requests,
  • Impose criminal penalties and fines on government officials, government employees, and government agencies who obstruct federal immigration enforcement,
  • Prohibit the DMV from issuing new drivers licenses to illegal aliens, and make any drivers licenses currently held by illegal aliens non-renewable,
  • Require that voters provide documentation proving United States citizenship when registering to vote or before voting the first time, and
  • Require that county election boards retain such documentation for four years.

Fight Sanctuary State co-founder Agnes Gibboney remarked, “My son, Ronald, was murdered by a previously-deported illegal alien who is a gang member. His murderer is scheduled to be released sometime in 2020. Because of the Sanctuary State laws, I’ve been told that I will need an order from a federal judge for ICE to pick him up at the end of his sentence. Otherwise, he will be released to the streets. It’s time that these dangerous laws are done away with and that Californians are protected, not illegal aliens.”

Don Rosenberg, a Fight Sanctuary State co-founder whose son Drew was killed by an illegal alien criminal, said, “Most Californians would be horrified to realize the full impact of illegal alien crime in our state. Sanctuary policies kill our children and kill our dreams. I’ve been advocating for changes to our laws since my son’s death, and California’s leaders still don’t get it. Since they won’t take steps to put Californians first, the voters will do it for them.”

Jose Inez Garcia-Zarate Wouldn’t be Pulling This Stunt in Mexico!

Los Angeles, CA (March 15, 2018) – This week Jose Inez Garcia-Zarate (if that’s his real name) filed a lawsuit against the federal government for allegedly “colluding” with state prosecutors in an effort to “vindictively” prosecute him on federal weapons charges

Garcia-Zarate is clearly taking his cue from his allies, Libby Schaaf, Kamala Harris, Kevin de Leon, and Xavier Becerra, flipping off California’s families and taking zero responsibility for his criminal conduct. Like his allies, Garcia-Zarate merely deflects criticism and claims persecution in an attempt to excuse himself.

Fight Sanctuary State’s Don Rosenberg commented:

“When it comes to illegal immigration we live in a Bizarro world where everything is the opposite of what it should be. His actions doesn’t surprise me one bit. What sociopaths his attorneys must be to take this case. I’m surprised they didn’t name Kate and her parents in the lawsuit.”

Garcia-Zarate’s claim of “collusion” is laughable. Of course federal and state law enforcement officials and prosecutors communicate with each other about cases. Without that cooperation, many dangerous criminals would be free to roam the streets. In addition, it was a firearm stolen from a federal employee’s truck that Garcia-Zarate fired that July day. The federal government was necessarily involved, since its employee was a witness and its property was stolen and used in a crime.

That a man with an extensive criminal history, whose actions led to the death of a young woman in her father’s arms, and who should already be back in Mexico (since he’s, sadly, not behind bars for the rest of his life) would have the nerve to file such a lawsuit is a pathetic and infuriating.

One thing’s for sure – Garcia-Zarate wouldn’t be pulling this stunt in Mexico.

Lizbeth Mateo: We Don’t Need More Attorneys in CA, Especially Those Who Don’t Follow the Law

Los Angeles, CA (March 15, 2018) – Senate President Pro Tem Kevin de Leon is again showing his preference for illegal aliens over law-abiding citizens and legal residents by appointing an illegal alien to a statewide post.

Wednesday the California Senate Rules Committee appointed “attorney and immigrants rights activist” Lizbeth Mateo to the California Student Opportunity and Access Program Project Grant Advisory Committee. He proudly trumpets the fact that Mateo is NOT in California legally, and trumpets her “courage.”

“Ms. Mateo is a courageous, determined and intelligent young woman who at great personal risk has dedicated herself to fight for those seeking their rightful place in this country.”

People who come here illegally do not have a “rightful place” in this country. Mateo came to the United States when she was “only” 14 years old, speaks fluent Spanish, and the flag she waved and the country she thanked at her law school graduation was NOT the United States.

Fight Sanctuary State co-founder Don Rosenberg’s son was killed by an illegal alien. Of Mateo’s appointment, Rosenberg says:

“If Ms. Mateo is so ‘dedicated to Oaxaca, Mexico,’ she should return to Oaxaca and practice there. Unlike Mexico, California is not in need of more attorneys, especially attorneys who do not believe in or adhere to the laws of the United States.”

De Leon’s loyalty to things other than the United States and the Constitution is infuriating to those who take the rule of law and American values seriously, but to us it is heartbreaking as well. We’ve dealt with the loss of our children, killed by people who shouldn’t have been in this country to begin with, and now a man who aims to be the governor of our beautiful state mocks the loss of our dreams by continually ignoring the rule of law.

His actions, and the actions of politicians like Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf and Attorney General Becerra, prove that sadly this state’s leaders are incapable of upholding their oaths of office and that a constitutional amendment forcing them to do so is necessary. We will be announcing the details of our proposed California constitutional amendment in the coming days.