African-American voters who are sick and tired of California‘s sanctuary city policies had no problem to raise their voice and share their complaints to the Santa Clara city council.
The residents spoke out against the state’s Senate Bill 54 known as the ‘sanctuary state’ bill, and all the negative impacts the law has had on their community, which was signed by the Governor of California Jerry Brown.
‘Americans are dreamers too. We’re paying for welfare, for section 8, you costing us our jobs. We’re paying for you,’ one woman said. ‘Respect Americans. This is America! This is our home and this is our country.’
‘The black community is most adversely affected by illegal alien activity,’ another added. ‘When you come here illegally, they don’t get trucked into Brentwood, they don’t trucked into Beverly Hills. They get trucked into Watts, they get trucked into the streets of Crenshaw.’
Santa Clara city council voted 5-0 in order to disapprove the Senate Bill 54 after they heard about their concerns. With that Santa Clara became the first city in Los Angeles who officially oppose the legislation.
Santa Clara’s resolution cities provisions in Senate Bill 54 that conflict with federal law and directs the city attorney to make a brief recommendation in support of the President Trump administration’s lawsuit against the state of California ‘if and when appropriate.’
Here you can watch the vote and the reaction:
However, the measure is expected to be largely symbolic as Santa Clara is bound by the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department’s policies on immigration.
‘This is an opportunity to mobilize the conservative base around the issue that most animates the conservative base, which is immigration,’ Raphael Sonenshein, said.
‘It doesn’t mean that the City Council has the power to change anything right now,’ he added. ‘But it elevates the issue and certainly Republicans see it as an issue that might bring people to the polls.’