Are California and Connecticut Heading Towards Insurrection Against the Feds on Illegal Immigration?
Connecticut and California Heading Into INSURRECTION over Illegal Aliens; U.S May have to Send Federal Troops to Remove Legislatures
– Jan 31, 2017
The state legislatures in Connecticut and in California appear to be deliberately heading into “INSURRECTION” against the United States and the feds may have to send in troops to remove both State Governments over the issue of illegal aliens.
In Connecticut, Hartford, New Haven and Williamantic are “sanctuary cities,” a designation that signifies municipal resistance to some federal immigration laws.
Now a state lawmaker is proposing that all of Connecticut declare itself a “sanctuary state.”
Rep. Edwin Vargas, a Democrat from Hartford, has filed proposed bill 6709, which would amend state statutes to “prevent the state police from demanding information concerning citizenship from individuals with whom they interact.”
The Trump administration is promising to strip federal grant money from cities and states that refuse to cooperate with federal immigration authorities.
The bill by Vargas was discussed briefly Thursday (January 26, 2017) by the legislature’s public safety committee, which voted on a voice vote to send the bill to the judiciary committee. The public safety committee did not vote on the merits of the matter, but instead issued a “straight change-of-reference’’ to another committee.
In California, Democratic legislation, written by Senate President Pro Tem Kevin de Leon of Los Angeles, comes up for debate less than a week after Trump signed an order threatening to withdraw some federal grants from jurisdictions that bar officials from communicating with federal authorities about someone’s immigration status.
California may prohibit local law enforcement from cooperating with federal immigration authorities, creating a border-to-border sanctuary in the nation’s largest state as legislative Democrats ramp up their efforts to battle President Donald Trump’s migration policies.
The legislation is scheduled for its first public hearing Tuesday as the Senate rushes to enact measures that Democratic lawmakers say would protect immigrants from the crackdown that the Republican president has promised.
While many of California’s largest cities – including Los Angeles, San Francisco and Sacramento – have so-called sanctuary policies that prohibit police from cooperating with immigration authorities, much of the state does not. In fact, San Jose is not formally a sanctuary city, and the police department does not make asking immigrants their status, but they will tell ICE if an undocumented immigrant has been arrested, according to page 545 of the duty manual.
The Senate Public Safety Committee will consider SB54 Tuesday morning (today). The Judiciary Committee will also consider fast-tracked legislation that would spend state money, in an amount that has not been disclosed, to provide lawyers for people facing deportation.
Some Republicans have criticized the Democratic reaction to Trump’s policies, saying bombastic rhetoric and provocative legislation will inflame tensions with the president and harm California.
The debate over sanctuary cities reached a fevered pitch in 2015 after Kate Steinle, 32, was fatally shot in the back Juan Francisco Lopez-Sanchez, who was in the country illegally after multiple deportations to his native Mexico. Lopez-Sanchez, who told police the gun fired by accident, had been released from a San Francisco jail despite a request from federal immigration authorities that he be held in custody for possible deportation. Trump often cited the Steinle case during the campaign.
Many other cities and counties in California also refuse to detain immigrants for deportation agents out of legal concerns after a federal court ruled that immigrants can’t be held in jail beyond their scheduled release dates. Since then, federal agents have been asking local law enforcement agencies to provide information about immigrants they’re seeking for deportation, if not hold them.
Under Title 8, United States Code, §1324, it is a federal felony to “aid, abet, harbor or conceal-from-detection, any person known to be in the United States unlawfully.”
The actions reported above in Connecticut and in California, may qualify as a violation of the federal statute, because the intent of those laws is to Harbor or shield-from-detection, persons which both states acknowledge are in the United States unlawfully.
When a state legislature takes up a Bill to deliberately defy federal law, that is “insurrection against the United States.” Thus, both Connecticut and California may be heading into direct confrontation with the federal government.
Under such a situation, the feds would be able to do a number of things:
1) Obtain federal court relief
2) Indict State Legislators for federal felonies and send US Marshals or the FBI to arrest those officials.