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It’s never been more evident how spectacularly out of touch with everyday Californians the Democrats in Sacramento are these days.

Case in point: the issue of “sanctuary cities.”

Across the entire political spectrum, most Californians strongly oppose “sanctuary city” policies. Yet those policies are currently being pushed and expanded by elected Democrats.

Last fall, a poll was released by the Institute of Governmental Studies at UC Berkeley. The poll found that opposition to sanctuary policies “comes from strong majorities in both major political parties and among independent voters, and crosses other demographic categories.

“Almost two out of three Latinos said they oppose such policies.” Apparently, the Democrats are unaware of this poll.

Democrats appear surprised that President Donald Trump is keeping his campaign promise to end “sanctuary cities” across the nation.

If they ever bothered to poke their heads out of the liberal bubble in Sacramento, they wouldn’t be surprised, though, since candidate Trump campaigned consistently on exactly this immigration issue.

In September 2016, even the left-leaning CNN reported candidate Trump as saying he would “block funding for sanctuary cities … no more funding.”

“We will end the sanctuary cities that have resulted in so many needless deaths,” Trump said in Phoenix. “Cities that refuse to cooperate with federal authorities will not receive taxpayer dollars, and we will work with Congress to pass legislation to protect those jurisdictions that do assist federal authorities.”

Only those deliberately out of touch could’ve missed Trump’s meaning here.

So when, late last month, now-President Donald Trump put the nation’s “sanctuary cities” on notice, declaring they will no longer be permitted to willfully violate federal immigration laws without consequence, why were the Democrats so taken off guard?

The answer is they are out of touch with Californians and the rest of America.

President Trump’s executive order denies federal grant monies to all cities designated sanctuaries for those illegally in the U.S.

It also requires the DHS to compile a weekly list of all crimes committed by illegal immigrants, including crimes committed by illegal immigrant criminals released back into “sanctuary cities.”

One would think this would be a good thing cheered by all on both sides of the political spectrum. After all, upholding the U.S. Constitution and, in turn, U.S. law is something all legislators are sworn to do, right?

Wrong. As if on cue, Sacramento Democrats flipped their collective wigs.

The resultant flurry of partisan Democrat-backed bills like SB54, SB6, and AB3 doubled-down on sanctuary policies. These bills provide illegal immigrants with legal services, further shielding from deportation, training for immigration attorneys, and tie the hands of law enforcement regarding reporting criminal illegal immigrants to ICE.

And, as usual, all of these “provisions” come at the expense of the taxpayers – the very same taxpayers who oppose “sanctuary cities” and the policies related to them.

Not to be outdone in the doubling down and out-of-touch departments, top California Democrat and Gov. Jerry Brown also chimed in on President Trump’s order during his State of the State Address, saying, “We may be called upon to defend those laws (that violate federal law), and defend them we will.”

Here’s where we should ask ourselves this question: Why, knowing the majority of California citizens oppose these policies, are the Sacramento Democrats so set on defying federal law?

Is it because illegal immigrants — non-citizens — are somehow more worthy of hard-earned taxpayer monies than the actual citizen taxpayers who toiled to create that money?


Is it because a state’s wishes now override federal laws simply because Democrats say they do?

No, that’s not it because after all, Republican and Democrats alike still take the oath to “bear true faith and allegiance to the Constitution of the United States and the state of California” when they are sworn into office.

So why? What’s to gain from defying federal law and the will of Californians?

As usual, the answer comes down to money and power. Democrats lost in November and they still can’t believe it. They are desperate to maintain power any way they can.

The law matters little to them – unless it’s being used to cudgel the Republicans into submission.

What about the citizens? Democrats would do well to remember the California Constitution states: “Government is instituted for the protection, security, and benefit” of its people — the citizens — not illegal immigrants and not power-hungry Democrats.

And those same citizens can and will remove them from office.

Gwendolyn Sims is a project manager at a social media organization and a Santa Clarita resident of nearly 20 years.

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  • charlesmauricedetallyrand

    What is the poll you cite, I can only find one from 2015 not from last fall?

    • Ron Bischof

      I found an IGS poll from 8/15.

      The online survey, which polled 1,098 California residents from Aug. 11-26, found that 74 percent of respondents said local authorities should not be able to ignore a federal request to hold a detained person who is in the country illegally. Only 26 percent of respondents said local authorities should have that right.

      Opposition to the sanctuary city policies crossed the political spectrum, and included 73 percent of Democrats, 82 percent of Republicans and 71 percent of independents.

      “We found very broad-based opposition to the idea of sanctuary cities,” said IGS Director Jack Citrin, a professor of political science at UC-Berkeley who has studied immigration for years. “Californians want their local officials to abide by the requests of federal authorities.”

      Within every ethnic group, majorities said local officials should defer to the federal requests. That view was expressed by 65 percent of Latino respondents, 75 percent of Asian Americans and African Americans and 80 percent of whites.

      “The differences among ethnic groups in our survey were not extreme, an interesting finding given that Latinos are more likely to know someone personally affected by these issues,” Citrin said. “While these results for Latino residents are interesting, people should bear in mind some limitations on our data, including the fact that our survey was conducted only in English, and that our sample consisted almost entirely of citizens.”

      Polling data:

      • charlesmauricedetallyrand

        So the poll asked one question regarding the opinion if state authorities should not release those who have been arrested when requested to do so by federal authorities? Not exactly the sweeping disapproval of sanctuary cities it claims nor this article claims. Perhaps a strong opinion regarding one element but far from a comprehensive condemnation of a rather nuanced issue. Can we claim people dislike water because they use umbrellas when it rains too?

        Are you going to try and flag this response too Brian so it isn’t seen? Seems a lot of responses to you end up in that bin. Can’t say for sure that it’s you but whomever does it must really be a coward.

        • Ron Bischof

          First you challenged the existence of the poll, then you couldn’t manage to find it and now you’re minimizing the results? Quelle surprise!

          By the way, users don’t determine if posts are deleted. That’s up to The Signal.

  • Brian Baker

    Well said, Gwendolyn.

    The American Marxists consider illegal aliens a core constituency, and all one has to do is look to history to see why.

    In 1986 Reagan signed the Simpson-Mazzoli Act into law, granting amnesty to about 3 million illegals. Conventional wisdom in the GOP at the time was that Latino illegals would be natural conservatives as they came from a Catholic culture.

    As we’ve learned, the conventional wisdom was 180 degrees wrong, as those Latinos normally vote for Dem/socialists at a rate exceeding 75%.

    That’s because a huge percentage of the illegals are under-educated and unskilled, the perfect fodder for the Dem/socialists’ victimhood machine. So when the Marxists look at the illegal population, what they see is a mass of future voters they can count on, if only they can be made
    legal citizens.

    In 1986 we were talking about three million. Thirty years later, multiply that by 5 or 6. Then look at the margins of victory in recent elections. It becomes pretty clear why the Dem/socialists are desperate to amnestize, legalize, and naturalize those people.

    • libbet

      Should we be calling you a Republican/Fascist? Or Puppet Traitors? Or Guardians Of Putin (GOP)? Or maybe Repubnazis?

  • libbet

    Interesting, Gwendolyn, how you want to castigate Californians for defying Trump (because we ‘lost’, but in reality Trump actually lost here. We really don’t want Trump policies, a large majority of us. I want our representatives on every level to represent us. And they are, which is why republicans don’t do as well here now. And I also have to wonder what happened to all that fake republican outrage over Executive Orders? Remember a few months ago?

    I think it is republicans who are out of touch. Sure, they win by gerrymandering and lying and counting on uninformed people, but there is a reason they lose the popular vote. And you’ll notice protests will not go away. Check out the Chaffez townhall in Utah. We don’t like what is going on. It is obvious Trump doesn’t even understand governing, we don’t have any confidence in him. The whole Russian interference and his love of Putin has already damaged our country. We have lost power to China and Russia in less than a month!

  • Ron Bischof

    Senate Leader: ‘Half Of My Family’ Eligible For Deportation Under Trump Order

    February 6, 2017 2:40 PM

    LOS ANGELES ( — A Los Angeles lawmaker leading the fight to make California a so-called “sanctuary state” has suggested half of his family would be deported for using falsified Social Security cards and other fake identification.

    California Senate Leader Kevin de Leon made the claims during testimony before the Senate’s Public Safety Committee for SB54, a bill introduced by De Leon that would create a statewide sanctuary for immigrants living in the country illegally.

    Responding to President Trump’s suggestion of “withholding federal funding” from California, de Leon said: “Half of my family would be eligible for deportation under the executive order, because they got a false social security card, they got a false identification, they got a false driver’s license prior to us passing AB 60, they got a false green card, and anyone who has family members who are undocumented knows that almost entirely everybody has secured some sort of false identification.”

    “That’s what you need to survive, to work,” he added. “They are eligible for massive deportation.”

    • Gil Mertz

      What’s fascinating Ron is that Democrats are not at all concerned about false security cards, identification, or driver’s license. Just deporting those who break these laws.

      That’s so crazy. Next we’ll be told that grown men should have access to the same bathrooms as little girls. No wait…

  • Gil Mertz

    Excellent column Ms. Sims! Lest we forget, California tax payers are giving Eric Holder $25,000 a month to advise our elected officials on the most strategic ways to break the law in support of illegal immigration. It’s nuts!!

  • Pookiedr

    If they are so out of touch with their constituencies, how do they continue winning elections?

    • Ron Bischof

      Have you given this some thought? What’s your take on why President Trump won the Presidential election despite the California electorate?

      • Pookiedr

        I was referring to winning elections in California. The demoncrats have a supermajority in the state legislatures, complete control of statewide excutive offices and I’m sure a majority of mayors, city councils and probably even dog catchers. So if they are out of touch, as the author proclaims, it fails to show in election results.

        • Ron Bischof

          Have you looked at a county map of CA, ever? Representation is by population, correct?

          What are your thoughts on the Berkeley immigration poll?

          • Pookiedr

            Once again if the poll is accurate it does not show up in state wide elections or even the state legislature.

          • Ron Bischof

            Have you considered you may be unintentionally making the columnist’s point?

          • Pookiedr

            Don’t get me wrong, I hope the GOP can make inroads, but the proof is in the pudding. Supermajorities in both state legislatures, all state executive offices, both senators and 39 of 53 house seats all belong to the demoncrats. If and until the districts are redrawn, they will remain in control.

          • Ron Bischof

            Look at how much state and national Democratic Party organs poured into the local SCV races.

            The intent is to override the will of any pockets of diversity to make the de facto into a single party state in fact.

            The local columnists were telling residents that resistance is futile, you will be assimilated.


          • Pookiedr

            With an illegal immigrant population of about 10% of the California and congressional seats allocated on census data that includes illegals in the count. Even if none of them vote, it skews not only the number of house seats for California, but also the district maps in favor of the population centers. Thank goodness for the electoral college, which limits the damage.

    • Ron Bischof
    • Kriss

      I know that there a way to many idiots voting since these morons keep getting elected. There is no common sense when people like brown, fienstien, boxer, Harris and others like them keep getting elected.

      Sanctuary cities should be shut down, officials sent packing and those ILLEGALLS DEPORTED….period…WHAT PART OF ILLEGAL DON’T THESE MORONS GET???