Sanctuary cities are safer. Undocumented immigrants aren’t afraid to report crime and engage with police and other government officials because they know that those officials won’t report them to ICE. They can contribute to their cities by interacting with government officials in a positive way.
But this administration – and its steadfast supporter Tom McClintock – will never admit that plain fact. Their support is built on scapegoating, and immigrants are their primary targets. So it was no surprise when the Trump Administration issued an Executive Order attempting to defund sanctuary cities – which a federal appellate court recently rejected as unconstitutional. And it also shouldn’t be a surprise that Tom McClintock is jumping on the bandwagon, claiming that California’s sanctuary state law establishes a “policy releasing dangerous criminal illegal aliens back into our communities.” As this Politifact article explains, McClintock’s claim is misleading, at best. Local police agencies can and do release violent and dangerous criminals to federal authorities, as they always have done. California’s law just ensures that immigrants can safely interact with police agencies and other government officials.
Tom McClintock can’t win with the facts, so he lies and hopes we won’t notice. McClintock is selling us out, one vote at a time. This is one of the many reasons we oppose Tom McClintock. California’s Fourth District, and this country, deserve better.