For generations now, California has been the nation’s most popular home for immigrants.
History teaches that because of numerous factors such as its size, geography, and economy the state has long been a draw for people immigrating to the U.S. from all over the globe, but especially Mexico and Asia.
Today California still has the nation’s largest population of Hispanic immigrants and the nation’s largest population of Asians immigrants.
California leads the nation in foreign-born residents, with nearly as many as New York, New Jersey, and Florida (numbers 2, 3, and 4 on the list) combined.
27% of people who immigrate to the U.S. are going to California, with or without an aching in their hearts. Again, that’s number one in the nation.
So, with such a healthy and growing population of immigrants historically and overwhelmingly being drawn to their state, why is California so determined to be a sanctuary for illegal immigrants?
If there is any state that would not be so eager to increase the size of their population born outside the U.S. that they would want to attract illegal immigrants as well as legal immigrants, one would think it would be California.
However, just the opposite is the case.
In fact, the California Senate has just passed a bill that would make it the nation’s first “sanctuary state.”
As Breitbart reports:
Senate Bill 54, the “sanctuary state” bill, was passed by a 27-12 vote along party lines on Monday evening, with Democrats supporting the measure and Republicans s opposing it. The bill will go to the State Assembly, where Democrats hold a majority, and if approved, to Democratic Gov. Jerry Brown.
The bill bars state and local law enforcement agencies from using their resources to help in federal immigration enforcement. Inquiring about immigration status, providing federal immigration authorities access to interview a person in custody or assisting in immigration enforcement would be prohibited under the bill.
Trump has already warned the state that a move to become a sanctuary state would come at a price.
Speaking on Fox News in February, Trump said of the proposed move
I think it’s ridiculous. Sanctuary cities- as you know, I’m very much opposed to sanctuary cities…
They breed crime. There’s a lot of problems.
If we have to, we’ll defund. We give tremendous amounts of money to California. California in many ways is out of control, as you know.
The full exchange can be seen here: