Another View: When did California become a state of lawbreakers?

By: Leah Cavanaugh
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I was blessed to be born in the United States, where I enjoy the freedom, opportunity and prosperity made possible by the wisdom of our founders, our values and our system of government.

I sympathize with the people on every continent who don’t have our advantages and who want to immigrate here. We cannot accommodate all who apply. The federal government has the constitutional authority to choose who will be admitted, and to remove those who enter illegally. Enforcing our laws is critical to preserving the quality of life that attracts so many. Immigrants who come through the legal process enrich our country in many ways and should be extended a warm welcome. Those who defy our laws and enter without authorization should be deported, not rewarded. Politicians in Sacramento do not agree. They have passed laws that not only shield illegal immigrants, but bestow on them all the rights of citizenship, even after they commit serious crimes. Through their actions the Democratic majority is sacrificing the safety and well-being of California’s legal residents.

Since 2016, employers in California have been forbidden to use E-Verify to check the work authorization status of existing employees or applicants who have not been offered a job. This places employers in the untenable position of not being able to comply with a federal statute which makes it unlawful to hire illegals.

SB 54, making California a “sanctuary state” went into effect on Jan. 1. The law prohibits local law enforcement from transferring prisoners into ICE custody or from providing information about the time of an inmate’s release from county jail. After criminals have been released, ICE officials are forced to pursue them into the community where dangerous arrests can put the lives of officers and citizens at risk.

Also going into effect on Jan. 1, was AB 450, which prohibits employers from allowing ICE agents to enter their workplace. This is an outrageous law that directs private citizens to obstruct justice.

In 2016, 50 California counties had a total of 23,610 undocumented criminal alien inmates in their county jails, in addition to the 18,589 incarcerated in state prisons. It is difficult to estimate the cost to taxpayers of housing, feeding, and providing health care to these felons. We can assume with early release, the majority of those 23,610 were released onto the streets rather than being deported.

Across the state a growing number of counties and cities are refusing to participate in the war against the Trump administration and law enforcement officers who are merely following the law and trying to perform the duties they have been charged with. Orange County, San Diego County, and Tuolumne County, along with the cities of Costa Mesa, Escondido, and Los Alamitos are among the eight counties and 33 municipalities which have passed resolutions declaring they refuse to be sanctuary jurisdictions. The majority of residents in Placer County and the City of Auburn do not agree with the state’s radical, open-border agenda. It’s time for the Placer County Board of Supervisors and the Auburn City Council to stand up and declare that we will not be sanctuary jurisdictions.

If you agree with my message you are invited to join like-minded men and women at a meeting of Auburn Area Republican Women, the third Friday of the month, 11:30 a.m., at the Auburn Elks Lodge.

Leah Cavanaugh is president of the Auburn Area Republican Women, Federated. Contact her at