LA Times Columnist Blatantly Lies About Sanctuary State Bill in De Leon Article

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?)

Their #TimesUp.

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Even the LA Times Editorial Board Disagrees with Lawbreaking Oakland Mayor

Sanctuary-loving politicians usually get a lot of love from the LA Times, but it seems that Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf crossed the line with her warnings of ICE raids last week.

The headline of an op-ed by the LA Times Editorial Board (by the board itself, not an op-ed submitted by a random contributor) published March 3 blared:

“It’s one thing to oppose Trump’s policies. It’s another to undercut the law”


Her heart may have been in the right place in seeking to warn those at risk of incarceration and possible deportation. But some of those targeted by ICE agents could very well have been people with violent criminal pasts who can make no legitimate argument for avoiding deportation. And regardless, tipping off her community that immigration officers were about to enforce duly adopted federal immigration laws crosses a line that ought not to be crossed.

State and local officials often justify their pro-Sanctuary beliefs by saying immigration laws are federal laws they shouldn’t bear the burden of enforcing. True enough, says the LA Times editorial board. But that doesn’t mean you actively help the lawbreakers!

[I]f we want people to engage with the legal system, trying to subvert lawful enforcement of immigration codes sends the opposite message. Local subversion of federal rules would be justified in only the most dire circumstances.

And the circumstances illegal immigrants in Schaaf’s jurisdiction find themselves in are not the “most dire,” even if they don’t fit her preferred political mode.

But the federal immigration codes the resisters oppose aren’t inherently inhumane or morally repugnant, despite the Trump administration’s enforcement policies. Nations have a right to protect their borders and set rules about who may come into the country.

If you really believe in your cause, Mayor, fight for it with “every legal tool” you have, but don’t cross the line.

By all means, fight Trump at the polls and in the courts with every legal tool at hand, but to advocate disobeying properly enacted laws and regulations is more likely to make the situation worse than better.

When even the LA Times editorial board says you’ve crossed a line, you’ve really crossed it.

Of course, we believe the mayor has engaged in criminal activity of harboring illegal aliens and obstructing justice with her “warning.” She should be charged with those crimes.