A rebellion is growing in California in opposition to its unconstitutional "sanctuary state" law (SB-54), with an increasing number of cities and counties taking action against it.
Orange County, California's third most-populous county, is the latest to join the fray. The board of supervisors directed the county counsel to join the U.S. Attorney General's lawsuit against California over its sanctuary policies. Previously, four other counties in the Golden State - Tehama, Kern, Siskiyou and Shasta - passed non-sanctuary resolutions.
The Orange County Sheriff's Department has also announced that it will begin publishing a list of criminal aliens who are inmates in the county jail, as part of its existing "Who's in Jail," online database. The information made public will also include when criminal aliens are released from jail.
Several cities are also defying the states sanctuary policies. Los Alamitos was the first to declare that it will no longer prohibit its local police from working with federal immigration officials. Other communities, including Yorba Linda, Buena Park, Huntington Beach, and Mission Viejo are starting to take action against the state's sanctuary laws.
President Trump has thrown his support behind communities that are opposing the state's sanctuary laws, warning that they "release known dangerous criminals into communities across the state." Sanctuary policies also act as a magnet to illegal aliens and drug traffickers who are looking to operate or live beneath the radar of law enforcement.
Dan Stein is the president of the Federation for American Immigration Reform.