SACRAMENTO – Senator Ted Gaines (R-El Dorado) today applauded U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ lawsuit filed against the state of California for violating the Constitution and interfering with the enforcement of federal immigration laws.
“Our state’s number one job is to protect the safety of the citizens who reside here legally. Unfortunately, current laws have turned California into a ‘sanctuary state,’ allowing the protection and harboring of illegal alien criminals.
“We are not talking about immigrants here, but illegal immigrants, who have flouted our laws and jumped ahead of the law abiding millions abroad who want to come to the United States but respect its laws enough to obey them.
“Liberal Democrats have made a mockery of the rule of law. They have attacked the very foundations of the country. If we don’t control our borders, we cease to be a nation.
“I am encouraged the federal government is doing something to rein in California’s out-of-control policies, manage our border and restore American sovereignty. I’m joining with them by introducing Senate Bill 1219, a bill that would overturn California’s ridiculous, ‘sanctuary state’ status.
“We cannot afford to lose another Kate Steinle, who was shot and killed by an illegal alien who crossed into the United States at least five times and finally settled in San Francisco because he knew that ‘sanctuary city’ would protect him from immigration enforcement.
“Our citizens deserve better.”