San Diego Leaders Poised to Fight California’s Sanctuary Policies
Residents “are finally waking up” and saying, “enough is enough,” San Diego County Supervisor Kristin Gaspar said Tuesday on Fox News’ “Fox & Friends” ahead of the San Diego County Board of Supervisors’ meeting to consider legal action against Golden State sanctuary policies.
Escondido, a city in San Diego County, opted earlier in April to join the Department of Justice lawsuit against California sanctuary state policies limiting state and local cooperation with federal immigration enforcement officials.
At least nine cities in Orange County, along with that county’s board of supervisors, voted to defy the state’s sanctuary policies or join in the federal lawsuit. And now San Diego is poised to consider taking the same actions.
“I think San Diegans are finally waking up, finally seeing and saying, ‘Enough is enough, Gov. Brown,’” Gaspar said ahead of the council meeting. “Because in San Diego County we manage a $5.7 billion budget on the county Board of Supervisors. Only $1.7 billion is in our direct control. The rest are decisions being made by the state and the federal government. These are oftentimes harmful decisions that are impacting San Diegans.”
“Gov. [Jerry] Brown needs to follow the laws of our Constitution,” Gaspar continued.
Gaspar brought two stacks of paper with her to use as props during her appearance on “Fox & Friends.” The first stack, which was noticeably thin, contained emails from San Diego residents supporting the state’s sanctuary policies. But the hefty second stack contained emails from San Diegans who decried the policy and urged county leaders to fight against it.
“I want to show you the number of people who have weighed in — this thin stack [representing those] that support Gov. Brown’s actions on sanctuary state. Now I want to share with you something quite interesting — the number of people that have communicated with me in San Diego County, the people who do not support going forward with Gov. Brown’s sanctuary state,” Gaspar said.
“This is really quite remarkable, the pouring in of hundreds and hundreds of emails. And this only includes items that have come through the regular email inbox. That doesn’t include the phone calls that I’ve received and anything on social media,” Gaspar added. “It’s really remarkable.”
Gaspar said that Tuesday’s county Board of Supervisors meeting will include discussions about all the legal options the county has, including whether or not it should join the Trump administration’s legal action against the sanctuary state.
“So the council will be meeting with the county board, and we will be discussing how the county can move forward and push back against Gov. Brown’s unconstitutional actions,” Gaspar said. “We’re hoping that we might be able to join in the government’s lawsuit. We’re not sure about the deadlines.”
San Diego County mayors such as Escondido’s Sam Abed and San Marcos’ Jim Desmond assembled Monday to voice their support for the federal lawsuit ahead of the county meeting.
“This is not about anti-immigration, anti-Hispanic, or anything else,” Desmond said, according to The San Diego Union-Tribune. “This is about protecting the citizens. SB 54 and the sanctuary city law actually protects felons more than it does law-abiding citizens.”
“Law enforcement needs to work together to keep us safe,” Desmond added.
Gaspar also said it is necessary for San Diegans’ safety that President Donald Trump’s signature border wall is built completely.
“The wall did work in San Diego County. We have seen that cut down on the drug trafficking, on the weapons trafficking, and human trafficking is something that we’re really focused on now,” Gaspar said. “We need the coordination between local, state and federal agencies in order to make San Diego a safe place.”
But Brown largely has rejected Trump’s immigration enforcement and border security priorities. Although Brown partially caved last week by agreeing to send 400 National Guardsmen to bolster the United States’ southern border patrol efforts, Brown limited the National Guard even further Monday by refusing to allow the members to enforce immigration laws.
“Looks like Jerry Brown and California are not looking for safety and security along their very porous Border,” Trump tweeted Tuesday. “He cannot come to terms for the National Guard to patrol and protect the Border. The high crime rate will only get higher. Much wanted Wall in San Diego already started!”