Tuolumne County Becomes Third to Oppose California Sanctuary State Laws

Tuolumne County (Justin Sullivan / Getty)
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Tuolumne County became the third California county to join the revolt against California’s “sanctuary state” laws on Tuesday, when its board of supervisors unanimously approved a resolution to comply with federal immigration law.

The county resolution followed similar action by Orange County and San Diego County, both of which opposed the state’s “sanctuary” laws, which are designed to shelter illegal aliens, in the weeks following the Department of Justice’s filing of a lawsuit against the state in early March.

More than a dozen local governments, mostly in Southern California, have since joined the fight against the state’s “sanctuary” laws, which has been hailed by President Donald Trump as a “Revolution.”

Tuolumne County is a rural county in the central part of the state and includes part of Yosemite National Park.

The Union Democrat reports:

The board’s move comes against the backdrop of California’s ongoing war of words and legal actions with the Trump administration in the nation’s capital. Back in October, Gov. Jerry Brown signed Senate Bill 54, the California Values Act, that precludes state and local law enforcement agencies from being compelled to enforce federal immigration laws.

Tuolumne County staff, including Craig Pedro, county administrator, said in a staff report the new law has been controversial and divisive since its inception.

Though the issue was as emotive in Tuolumne County as elsewhere, the board’s stance was mainly a show of principle: the county has very few illegal aliens. Capital Public Radio notes that Tuolumne County Sheriff observed that “his jail has only seen five bookings of people who were undocumented in the past year-and-a-half.”

Joel B. Pollak is Senior Editor-at-Large at Breitbart News. He was named to Forward’s 50 “most influential” Jews in 2017. He is the co-author of How Trump Won: The Inside Story of a Revolution, which is available from Regnery. Follow him on Twitter at @joelpollak.


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