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.

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