Drivers entering California state are being greeted with fake signs that read anti-immigration rhetoric after California officially becomes a sanctuary state.
Last year legislators in the golden state approved almost 900 bills that Governor Jerry Brown signed into law, most of which took effect on Monday. Among those a new bill passed that will thwart the intervention of federal immigration enforcement and local police.
"These are uncertain times for undocumented Californians and their families, and this bill strikes a balance that will protect public safety, while bringing a measure of comfort to those families who are now living in fear every day,” said Brown while signing the bill. Advocates for the bill argue that the state has over 2 million undocumented immigrants, many of whom fear to report crimes or interacting with police officials in fear of being deported.
Police are no longer able to ask people about their immigration status or participate in federal immigration enforcement actions. Immigration officials will need a warrant to access workplaces or employee records and landlords will be barred from disclosing tenants’ citizenship. The law also prohibits university officials from cooperating with immigration officers.
The signs have been circulating all over social media.
OMG! Look at this sign someone put up on the 15 Freeway between LA and Las Vegas!
— Kambree Kawahine Koa (@KamVTV) January 1, 2018
Oh, wow. Look what started appearing in California just hours after they officially became a 'sanctuary state.' https://t.co/RdQa6P2S4R
— Sarah Palin (@SarahPalinUSA) January 2, 2018
California: The Sanctuary State.
Where Illegal Immigrants, Felons, & MS13 are always welcome.
Afterall, Dem's need the votes! https://t.co/3ZjvEqqiTf
— L.A. Conservative (@MarisaInCali) January 2, 2018
Acting Director of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), Thomas Homan stated that politicians who run sanctuary cities need to be charged with crimes, claiming that sanctuary city regulations make ICE officials' job impossible.
However, becoming a sanctuary state does not mean that immigrants stop getting deported. ICE officials will still be able to receive information from undocumented people if they have been convicted of a serious crime such as murder, rape, kidnapping, and robbery.