California, Trump on collision course over sanctuary cities

California, Trump on collision course over sanctuary cities

President Donald Trump on Wednesday said his administration would block federal funding for cities that don’t cooperate with federal immigration laws, with Democratic leaders in the state vowing to fight back.

A handful of California cities, like Los Angeles and San Francisco, have so-called “sanctuary” policies, which prompted the federal action. And in a statement of defiance, Senate President Pro Tempore Kevin de Leon said he would fast track his bill to make California a sanctuary state. 

“(T)he Senate will expedite the process to pass my bill, SB54, to prevent state and local tax dollars and law enforcement resources from being used to help ICE destroy families and damage our economy,” the Los Angeles Democrat said. 

But even as Democratic leaders strongly push to protect the sanctuary policies, the public is split. A Hoover Institution poll from earlier this month showed that 40 percent of voters support sanctuary policies, while 41 oppose (19 percent didn’t seem to care either way). 

De Leon called the move “unconstitutional” and said the state would fight Trump in Congress and in court.  

The money is not insignificant. For example, Los Angeles is slated to receive $523 million this year in federal funding, while the state will receive around $95 billion

California’s attorney general, Xavier Becerra, said in a statement that the executive orders don’t change, and cannot contradict, existing law.

“Executive orders can be challenged for violating constitutional and legal standards in their enforcement,” Becerra said.

While a legal battle could take years (perhaps beyond a Trump presidency), the stage may be set for funding fights in Congress. 

De Leon’s bill will be heard next week in committee. 


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  1. Trumpede
    Trumpede 26 January, 2017, 04:41

    De Leon needs to learn how to read. Allowing illegals to stay, is what’s unconstitutional. Also, since when does he give a rip about the Constitution? He sure doesn’t seem to care about it when he’s shredding the 2nd.

    I hope Trump’s next move is to deny federal dollars to states that legalized pot. Let’s see how long CA lasts without federal life support.

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  2. michael
    michael 26 January, 2017, 08:23

    Its all theater. They know they are screwed and will be on their knees before July. I am going to enjoy the despair and antics of the democrats.

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  3. Brain Dead Sheeple
    Brain Dead Sheeple 26 January, 2017, 08:46

    How dare Trump.

    Doesn’t he know this is the Estados Unidos de México?

    That’s United States of Mexico for all you gringos.

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  4. Joe
    Joe 26 January, 2017, 08:48

    If the Trump cuts the federal gravy train for illegals the Ducheleon and the rest of the DemoNRats will just raise our taxes make up for it.

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  5. Standing Fast
    Standing Fast 26 January, 2017, 15:40

    Folks, if people are here illegally, they are not entitled to anything except safe passage back to the border. “Sanctuary cities” are a violation of federal laws regarding immigration and public safety. We ought not be offering sanctuary to criminals.

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    • Bob
      Bob 2 February, 2017, 15:21

      Now there is a bill SB54 traveling thru legislation .This bill will turn Calif into a sanctuary State, The extreme left wing is pushing hard to adapt it into Calif Law, People unite Call Jerry Browns office 19164452841 let him know your thoughts on this measure,Call your Senator, and assembly person Voice your opposition ,
      It’s appears they are attempting to pass ,Also I question why the voters weren’t notified of this extremely important bill. Thank You

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  6. Mike
    Mike 26 January, 2017, 18:08

    What is funny is the thought of California pussy progressives fighting for the rights if illegals. What are they going to do, wave their dildos at National Guard troops from Texas and Alabama? Maybe Trump can get Putin to assist, after helping him get elected. I believe Russians have Orthodox programs for gay progressives, the best in the world.

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  7. Spurwing Plover
    Spurwing Plover 27 January, 2017, 08:28

    Sancary City officials should all be held laible for all crimes commited by their guests allowing crime victims to sue the city for damages seems perfectly right to me

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  8. Queeg
    Queeg 27 January, 2017, 08:49


    In Mexico ya may get six bucks a day whirling pizzas.

    In Kali you get up to 120 dollars a day plus government benefis.

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    • Standing Fast
      Standing Fast 4 February, 2017, 13:19

      In Kali they pay $15 an hour for 8 hours work to pizza-whirlers? Or do they pay $10 an hour for 12 hours work?

      What government benefits? I wouldn’t be interested unless I got a full month of paid vacation a year.

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  9. NormanB
    NormanB 28 January, 2017, 12:39

    These are not sanctuary cities; they are anarchy cities. A SF Supervisor recently proudly said that his city had 50 laws on the books that were in violation of State and Federal laws.

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    • Standing Fast
      Standing Fast 28 January, 2017, 12:48

      Well, it just goes to show if you read, you’ll be likely to learn something new everyday.

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    • ricky65
      ricky65 3 February, 2017, 10:26

      Well, actually Normie, these are the cities of the new Confederacy- and I ain’t whistlin’ Dixie.

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  10. Eric R.
    Eric R. 28 January, 2017, 15:28

    Look — California has evolved – largely due to the left’s efforts to replace its middle American electorate with Latino leftists – into a one-party multiculti, environmentally extremist Socialist state.

    If the PSRC (People’s Socialist Republic of California) wishes to create its eco-Marxist paradise, then it should be free to do so where I will not have to bail it out when it fails. And fail it will.

    Let it secede. And take Portlandia, Eugene and Seattle-Tacoma with you.

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  11. Queeg
    Queeg 29 January, 2017, 10:44


    The State is threatened…..dangerous days ahead….Visigoths, Thurlingens and Huns consolidating. Eyeing the rich.

    Plutocrats and Publicans proposing use taxes on all human activity….

    Saw a scoop of ice cream priced at $3.95 at the new Pacific City tony shopping mall in Huntington Beach….hapless, dumb young sheep buying as a reward for a long hard week trapped in a dead ender service career…..must have been taxed as well……. to go along with parking charges $2.00 for 20 minutes…..

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  12. Standing Fast
    Standing Fast 4 February, 2017, 13:45

    I sure hate to disillusion the secessionists, but the last time someone tried that here in the U.S. people died. The Union prevailed because more people believed in what America stands for (equal right of every individual citizen to life, liberty and property under the Rule of Law) than believed in the false doctrine that the States have a right to override this if they wish. If we concentrate on the principles of Liberty and good government that are being threatened by Secessionists, we will stand on the moral high ground in this argument. We ought not abandon California to the Secessionists–despite the claims of the surveys I think there are far more people who oppose dissolving the Union than support Secession. But, we have to start talking about the higher principles at stake here, folks. I don’t think this is funny anymore. Well, it is funny, but I’m not laughing.

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  13. John Galt
    John Galt 5 February, 2017, 20:29

    Senator De Leon publicly testified half his family are living in California or the US using false identities (e.g., Social Security Cards, Drivers Licenses, etc). This confirms my prior research a couple of years ago that Senator De Leon was not here legally. De Leon and other similar La Raza members needs to be thoroughly vetted by the FBI, federal immigration authorities or the US Attorney General’s Office. (

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