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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.

Perspectives

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.

Guns and Crime

Luis Cobos-Cenobio, the star of the Arkansas dashcam shootout, is an illegal immigrant

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Luis Cobos-Cenobio the star of the Arkansas dash cam shootout is an illegal immigrant

It’s an odd headline. The lede in this story should the shocking dashcam footage showing suspect Luis Cobos-Cenobio firing on police who were trying to pull him over. Unfortunately, immigration status is either buried or ignored altogether by mainstream media, so we thought it was necessary to point out up front that the man who allegedly tried to shoot and kill police officers is an illegal immigrant.

You can read the details at Fox News, one of the only outlets I’ve found so far that mentions his immigration status:

Dashcam video shows moment illegal immigrant suspect opens fire on Arkansas police officer

https://www.foxnews.com/us/dashcam-video-shows-moment-illegal-immigrant-suspect-opens-fire-on-arkansas-police-officerCobos-Cenobio has been jailed on $500,000 bond, and has had a detainer placed on him by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, an agency spokesperson confirmed to Fox News.

Cobos-Cenobio has been charged with four counts of attempted capital murder, committing a terroristic act, fleeing, possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia, according to police.

If he is convicted on any or all of these charges, he’s going to jail for a long time. There’s no way to know at this point how many Americans he’s harmed in the past. Sadly, as a criminal illegal immigrant, there’s no reason for him to be here in the first place.

Mainstream media doesn’t want you to know that part of the story, though. Some went so far as to avoid the topic altogether.

For example, this article from ABC News is nearly 400-words in length and never even hints at his immigration status. Many stories simply noted as deep into the article as possible that he had a “federal hold” or “detainer request” without indicating that almost certainly means he’s here illegally.

Mainstream media is desperate to bury or cover up anything that pertains to illegal immigrants. This story, with its amazing and terrifying video, was too “good” for them to pass up. That didn’t stop them from hiding his immigration status.

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Senator who pushes negative perception of ICE badgers nominee over negative perception of ICE

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Senator who pushes negative perception of ICE badgers nominee over negative perception of ICE

Only in Washington DC is it okay for someone to complain about a problem they created, then attack someone else for not fixing the problem. It happens on both sides of the aisle but Democrats have become especially adept at it lately. Case in point: Senator Kamala Harris (D-CA).

As one of the frontrunners to go against President Trump in 2020, the California Senator has built much of her short career in DC around attacks on ICE. She demonizing the law enforcement agency any time the topics of border security, deportations, or illegal immigration come up. She has called for the agency to be dismantled and questions anything they do to fulfill their mission of keeping Americans safe.

That’s why it’s so disgusting to hear her badger Ronald Vitiello, President Trump’s nominee to lead ICE, over the topic of negative perceptions surrounding the agency. She went so far as to try to draw parallels between ICE and the Ku Klux Klan during his confirmation hearings.

“Are you aware of the perception of many about how the power and the discretion at ICE is being used to enforce the laws and do you see any parallels?” she asked.

“I do not see any parallels,” Vitiello replied. “That puts ICE in the same category as the KKK. Is that what you’re asking me?”

Harris, a former prosecutor and California Attorney General before becoming a Senator, seemed to be trying to trap the nominee into admitting that ICE is perceived by illegal immigrants the same way the KKK was perceived in the past.

Vitiello should have told her if those perceptions do exist, it’s because of rhetoric she and other Democrats have been spewing since President Trump took office.

Four months ago, the Senator said this:

New litmus test? Dems demand elimination of ICE amid immigration furor | Fox News

https://www.foxnews.com/politics/new-litmus-test-dems-demand-elimination-of-ice-amid-immigration-furorOn the West Coast, Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., who has been floated as a 2020 Democratic contender, said that the U.S. should consider “starting from scratch” for ICE — though stopped short of calling to abolish it.

“There’s no question that we’ve got to critically re-examine ICE and its role, and the way that it is being administered, and the work it is doing,” Harris said on NBC’s “Meet the Press” Sunday. “And we need to probably think about starting from scratch.”

It’s quite rich for the Senator to push anti-ICE rhetoric onto the public, then ask a nominee to lead ICE if he’s aware the law enforcement organization is perceived like the Ku Klux Klan. GOP Chair Ronna McDaniel called it her 2020 campaign launch.

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Joni Ernst warns of challenges to push President Trump’s agenda after losing the House

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Joni Ernst warns of challenges to push President Trumps agenda after losing the House

Senator Joni Ernst (R-IA), the newly elected Republican Senate Conference vice chairman, pointed out two things that are going to be big challenges over the next two years: border security and making the tax cuts permanent. Both centerpieces of President Trump’s agenda will be difficult to achieve now that Democrats control the House of Representatives.

Republicans were able to get the tax cuts they wanted, but without control of the House it will be nearly impossible to make them permanent in the next two years.

They were unable to get border security pushed forward in the first two years of the administration despite having control of the House and the Senate during that stretch. Most notably, they failed to make significant progress towards building a border wall between Mexico and the United States.

With Democrats controlling the House, getting it done now will be nearly impossible.

My Take

It’s indefensible that Republicans didn’t do more for border security when they had the chance. Two years is plenty of time to push through legislation, but their focus on three failed Obamacare repeals drew their attention away.

Don’t get me wrong. Obamacare repeal is extremely important and arguably the reason they were able to win in 2010-2016. But it’s failure is no excuse for delaying border security measures. Now, they’re delayed indefinitely.

In those rare periods when a party controls the House, Senate, and White House, they need to pack all the legislation they believe America needs. Republicans ignored the border and now Americans will pay the price.

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