Can California Afford to be a ‘Sanctuary State’?

Photographer: Steven Styles/Belator Media

On January 31st, 2017 California Senator Pro-Tem Kevin DeLeon spoke at a Public Safety committee hearing about SB54, also known as the “California Values Act” or ‘sanctuary state’ bill. This bill’s language has not gone unnoticed. Recently, President Trump acknowledged the bill in a nationally-televised interview with Bill O’ Reilly of Fox News:

“I think it’s ridiculous,” Trump said. “I will tell you that sanctuary cities are – they’ve got a lot of problems and there’s tremendous crime. A lot of people agree with me, this was a campaign issue. “We will certainly not stand for sanctuary even cities, let alone states.”

Trump also stated of California: “in many ways is out of control … from an economic standpoint … People are leaving California [and] going to Texas and other places that are run in a different manner, but we’ll see what happens.”

Photographer: Steven Styles/ Belator Media

Some of the text from SB54:

Existing law provides that when there is reason to believe that a person arrested for a violation of specified controlled substance provisions may not be a citizen of the United States, the arresting agency shall notify the appropriate agency of the United States having charge of deportation matters. This bill would repeal those provisions.
Photographer: Steven Styles/Belator Media

In passing this bill–California may be making a principled stand it can ill afford, because even as the sixth largest economy in the world California Receives More Federal Money Than Any Other State.

In FFY 2012-13, California received $343 billion in federal spending. If that wasn’t enough, California is currently facing a looming pension crisis and–according to an article by the San Francisco Chronicle–there is a predicted shortfall among all state retirement accounts of at least $230 billion based on what’s owed to current and future retirees.

Article by L. R. Styles; Photographer: Steven Styles/Belator Media

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