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CalSanctuary: Sessions urges Gov. Brown not to sign anti-Trump bills

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California has gone rogue in its defiance of President Donald Trump and all forms of immigration control.

A flurry of legislation to move the leftmost state on the continent even further left ideologically earned a lambasting from Attorney General Jeff Sessions. The most defiant of these was the bill that tells local authorities not to cooperate with federal authorities to deport illegal aliens.

“The bill risks the safety of good law enforcement officers and the safety of the neighborhoods that need their protection the most,” Sessions said. “There are lives and livelihoods at stake.”

That wasn’t the only bill California legislators tried to pass. There was a popular-but-yanked single-payer health plan (I wish they’d passed it because it would bankrupt the state), there was another bill to put their climate change wallet where their mouth is, requiring California to use 100 percent clean-energy by 2045. Again I wish they’d have passed it, ditto for the above reason.

Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon–who received death threats for killing the single-payer health bill–shrugged off the anti-Trump aspect. “It doesn’t seem to be about Trump as much as it seems to be about the way things have always been around here,” Rendon said. “We’re still functioning in the same ideological world as we were before.”

Yeah, he’s half right. It’s all about Trump, though.

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Sessions blasts California lawmakers for passing sanctuary state bill, says lives at stake | Alex Pappas, Fox News

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2017/09/19/sessions-blasts-california-lawmakers-for-passing-sanctuary-state-bill-says-lives-at-stake.html“I urge Gov. Brown of California not to sign this law that is in front of him,” Sessions said.

Speaking at Portland’s United States Citizenship and Immigration Services field office, the attorney general pleaded with sanctuary cities across the country to rethink their policies.

Sessions cited the recent death of 23-year old Abel Esquivel, a community volunteer in San Francisco who police say was killed by two illegal immigrants who tried to rob him.

California’s anti-Trump `resistance’ bills: What passed, what didn’t – Daily News

http://www.dailynews.com/2017/09/17/californias-anti-trump-resistance-bills-what-passed-what-didnt-6/Democratic legislators pushed through a bevy of bills aimed at shielding undocumented immigrants from deportation while they’re at work, at school or even in police custody, and the anti-Trump “resistance” sent Gov. Jerry Brown bills to protect climate data from federal censorship, guard against a Muslim registry and block future presidential candidates from the California primary ballot unless they release their tax returns — a direct swipe at the president, who broke with tradition by keeping his secret.

ICE Director Has Strong Words for California After Passing ‘Sanctuary State’ Bill

http://ijr.com/the-declaration/2017/09/976492-ice-director-strong-words-california-passing-sanctuary-state-bill/Politicians “have chosen to prioritize politics over public safety” by supporting legislation that “serves to codify a dangerous policy that deliberately obstructs our country’s immigration laws and shelters series criminal alien offenders,” Homan’s statement reads.

The bill, he continued, also prevents ICE from forming “cooperative, respectful relationships with our law enforcement partners to help prevent dangerous criminal aliens from being released back onto the streets to potentially victimize our communities.”

INSANITY: California Set To Be A Sanctuary State | Daily Wire

http://www.dailywire.com/news/21239/insanity-california-set-be-sanctuary-state-aaron-bandlerCalifornia’s soon-to-be sanctuary state status is yet another example of how far the state has sunk into leftism, and willing to ignore the tragic results of similar policies, including the murder of Kate Steinle. Illegal immigrants are already a major drain on California’s budget and will only exacerbate the state’s increase in crime. It’s also a move that’s just plain lawless, as the state is thumbing their noses at federal law.

 

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Final thoughts

California has Trump Derangement Syndrome. They can’t bear to cooperate with a president they feel was illegitimately elected. In the end, whether they cooperate or not, if Congress works up the courage for real immigration reform–regardless of Dreamers, who make up less than 10 percent of illegal immigrants–California will be compelled to go along.

When liberals are in power, they’re all for federal control of everything like marriage and abortion. But when they’re in the minority, they suddenly become federalist dissidents. The Constitution is clear however. Immigration is the purview of the federal government. Federalism is great, as long as the Constitution (that document the left always wants to ignore) is followed.

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16 states hit 9th Circuit to sue President Trump, as expected

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16 states hit 9th Circuit to sue President Trump as expected

It was one of the most replayed parts of President Trump’s announcement regarding his national emergency declaration last Friday – a sing-song moment as the President predicted the declaration would be made, Democrats would sue, they’d go through the 9th circuit, and their decision will hopefully be overturned by the Supreme Court. So far, he’s been absolutely correct as 16 states have filed against the declaration.

New York, California, 14 other states sue Trump in Ninth Circuit over emergency declaration

https://www.foxnews.com/politics/new-york-california-sue-trump-in-ninth-circuit-over-emergency-declarationThe attorneys general of California, New York, and 14 other states on Monday filed a lawsuit in the Ninth Circuit against the White House’s recent national emergency declaration over border security, claiming President Trump has “veered the country toward a constitutional crisis of his own making.”

President Trump sarcastically had predicted the lawsuit last week. He’s slammed the Ninth Circuit multiple times as “disgraceful” and politically biased.

My Take

This is their right, and while it may annoy those who support building the border wall, it would be a mistake to condemn these states for trying to stop it. This is part of the way our nation is intended to operate. If one or more states feel the need to challenge the authority of Washington DC, they should be able to make their case before the courts. If the courts make decisions based on the Constitution, then the end result will be the accurate and righteous one.

That’s how this was all intended.

I’m not suggesting the 9th Circuit is going to treat this fairly, nor am I confident the Supreme Court will make its decision solely on the Constitution, but until things are changed, this is what we’ve got. Attempts to subvert any component of this system from the President’s right to declare the emergency to the states’ rights to challenge it to the courts’ responsibility to make a ruling about it all would be to denounce the foundation upon which this nation was built.

There was a way this could have been avoided. Had the President and the GOP decided to have the debate over the wall while they had power over the House, Senate, and White House, they would have been in better position to get the wall going by now. Unfortunately, they an improper political calculation to hold off on the wall debate until after the midterm elections, and now it’s costing the American citizens. It costs us money to sit here through the shutdown and the legal battle over the national emergency declaration. It’s costing us time; the wall should be much further along by now. It may end up costing us the wall altogether if they aren’t able to make a strong case before the Supreme Court.

We are in the midst of a crisis at the border, one that has been going on for decades. Let’s not exacerbate the crisis by adding a Constitutional crisis on top. This needs to play all the way out.

 


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Dershowitz reacts to the backlash over Trump’s national emergency

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Dershowitz reacts to the backlash over Trumps national emergency

Lukewarm leftist Alan Dershowitz is against the use of a national emergency to fund the border wall, but he believes it will come down to whether or not the courts decide this is a real emergency or not. Could it be stopped altogether? Dershowitz, a lawyer, doesn’t believe that will be the case. Instead, he thinks the courts will hold up some of the expenditures, but it’s very possible portions of the wall will be built between now and the 2020 elections.

He also made an important point about Chief Justice John Roberts. Though the Supreme Court is currently considered to be “right-leaning” by most experts, Roberts has been willing to side with the left on more than one occasion since President Trump took office. This is a concern for wall proponents since the other eight Justices are likely split down the middle on maintaining the President’s power to go down this path.

My Take

As we’ve stated in the past, a national emergency is not the best way to build the wall. Some may argue it was necessary to go around Congress since they were clearly unwilling to play ball when it came to wall funding, but would it have been better for the President to stick to his guns and shut the government down for a second time? At this point, nobody can know because that’s not the course of action he took.

It’s a shame we’re having to watch the battle ramp up on the legal end when the need for the wall is so clear. Congress didn’t do its job when the Republicans were in control and they’re not doing their job with Democrats controlling the House.

 


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Blue Collar Logic: Why did the President sign the border deal?

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Blue Collar Logic Why did the President sign the border deal

Many conservatives have been scratching their head since hearing the details of the border deal the President signed last Friday in order to keep the government from another partial shutdown. The provisions in the omnibus have been a consternation that doesn’t make any sense on the surface. If we dig deeper, does it start to make more sense?

The short answer is, no. The justification for signing it is that the President doesn’t want to wait for another drawn out battle with Congress that likely won’t yield money for the wall, so he retreated to signing this bill and pushing for his national emergency declaration to get that particular ball rolling. Unfortunately, that means there are two major consequences Americans now have to face. First, we get the provisions of the bill itself, many of which actually work against the idea of securing the border. There are now even more incentives for illegal immigrants and criminals to come to the border with children in tow so they can get what essentially amounts to amnesty. It doesn’t matter if they’re here for a better job or if they’re coming to join MS-13. If they have kids (even if they’re not THEIR kids), they get a pass.

The second consequence is that the wall is going to be stuck in red tape for a long time, perhaps indefinitely. There’s no guarantee the wall will ever get built. It’s no longer in the hands of duly elected representatives of the people. It’s in the hands of bureaucrats and judges who must decide whether or not the President even has the power to declare this national emergency in the first place.

The folks at Blue Collar Logic broke down the justification. They believe the President was forced into a political move that will allow border security to be a primary issue of the 2020 election. Shutting down the government again would have hurt him, so this cave on the border bill and national emergency was the best chance he had at having a winning message for his reelection bid.

Even die-hard fans of the President have to see this as a betrayal on some level. He was elected to make the borders safer and so far, the exact opposite has happened. It’s sad that the guy who was going to drain the swamp is drowning in swamp as we speak.

 


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