In a piece analyzing CA Senator Kevin de Leon’s track record, LA Times political columnist George Skelton not only glosses over the Sanctuary Statue; he blatantly lies about what SB 54 does.
His controversial bill, which the Trump administration is challenging in court, basically decrees to state and local law enforcement: Leave immigrants who are undocumented but otherwise law-abiding alone, but help federal agents kick out serious criminals. It says local cops should focus on enforcing local laws, and let federal agents enforce their own immigration laws.
Skelton either hasn’t read the same bill we have, or he lacks the ability to comprehend English. Since he’s been a journalist for 50 years, we’ll assume he understands English, and let you draw your own conclusion about his motives.
The “California Values Act” does NOT “decree to state and local law enforcement” to “help federal agents kick out serious criminals.” It FORBIDS cooperation between federal agents and state and local law enforcement in kicking out serious criminals. Local law enforcement officers are not allowed to share any information with the feds that’s not publicly available and are NOT ALLOWED to honor ICE detainers.
De Leon, Gavin Newsom, Kamala Harris, and Jerry Brown have all taken advantage of a media culture that never challenges a word they say, feeding them misinformation and talking points knowing that the journalists won’t do the hard work of fact-checking or actually reading the bill. (We doubt most legislators read the bills either, so who can expect journalists to?)
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