That is, from the other side of the coin.
We know the US Justice Department has gone after Arizona, Alabama and South Carolina for efforts to control the immigration issue in those states where the states are making it more difficult for illegal aliens to work.
A California Assemblyman is now proposing that the whole state of California be a sanctuary state where those in the country illegally would be allowed to work. Seems to me that if the Justice Department claims this is a federal issue, they will have to stop any such effort in California with the same enthusiasm that Asst. Attorney General Thomas Perez is going after Alabama.
From the Arizona Daily Star:
SACRAMENTO, Calif.-Nearly 1 million undocumented immigrants could live and work openly in California with little or no fear of deportation under an initiative unveiled Friday by a state legislator and others.
Assemblyman Felipe Fuentes, a Democrat, is helping spearhead the measure, called the California Opportunity and Prosperity Act.
The proposal was filed Friday with the state Attorney General’s Office, marking a first step toward a drive to collect the 504,760 voter signatures needed to qualify for the ballot.
Fuentes called the measure a “moderate, common-sense approach” necessitated by the federal government’s inability to pass comprehensive immigration reform.
“I hope this shows Washington, D.C., that if they fail to act, California will take the lead on this critical issue,” Fuentes said in a written statement.
This will be very interesting to watch! But, I wouldn’t put it past the Obama Administration to leave California alone while continuing its relentless attack on states that do want to control illegal immigrants.
Regardless whether Californians would support such a measure, implementation would depend upon the federal government agreeing not to prosecute participants.
But, I suppose there is a bright side! Illegal aliens would head West in droves to California.