California senate passes “anti-Arizona” immigration bill

posted at 2:46 pm on July 6, 2012 by Erika Johnsen

Once again, here comes California, demonstrating their peculiar knack for proving just how spectacular the invention of federalism is — when states compete, we can aptly see what sort of policies work well, as well as what sort of policies don’t.

In response to the Supreme Court’s ruling on Arizona’s SB 1070 law earlier this month, in which the justices (minus Kagan, who recused) unanimously upheld its core provision, the state of California is looking to reverse the trend of states cracking down on illegal immigration. On Thursday, the state senate passed a bill that would instead shield illegal immigrants from status checks:

The Democrat-led state Senate voted 21 to 13 to approve the California Trust Act, dubbed by supporters as the “anti-Arizona” bill. It blocks local police from referring a detainee to immigration officials for deportation unless that person has been convicted of a violent or serious felony.

“Today’s vote signals to the nation that California cannot afford to be another Arizona,” Assemblyman Tom Ammiano, a Democrat who sponsored the measure, said in a statement. …

The bill has the backing of about 100 immigrant rights groups, police chiefs and mayors. It has already passed the Democrat-controlled state Assembly in a 47-26 vote and will go back to the Assembly for a concurrence vote following the summer recess before heading to Democratic Governor Jerry Brown.

The measure seeks to create a national model to counter what backers say is racial profiling inherent in a part of Arizona’s crackdown on illegal immigration that was allowed to stand by the U.S. Supreme Court last week.

Let me break this down for you, California — Arizona is engaged in a “crackdown” on illegal immigration, not because Arizona is full of a bunch of mean racists who don’t want Latinos residing in their state. Arizona is trying to deter illegal immigration because it poses not only huge threats to our national security, but very real and significant economic costs to their state and our country as a whole. The en masse presence of illegal aliens takes a huge toll on Arizona’s coffers, via welfare, education, the justice system, and others, and just stepping aside and allowing illegals to live there undetected is not a solution to the problem.

So, in all of their self-imagined righteousness, California is all about winning the popularity contest, and they’re openly declaring that they’re going to pretty much sit back and all but invite illegal immigrants to come find safe haven in their state (or at least, do much less to deter illegal immigration relative to other states). …Do they not realize the unsustainable incentives they’re creating here?

California, I might add, is struggling beneath an estimated $16 billion deficit for 2012. How can we guess that this ill-thought-out alternative immigration bill is going to effect their already terrible fiscal situation — or do you suppose they thought about that at all?

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The ultimate irony– and hypocrisy– of course is that Arizona has the illegal invasion problems it has, to which SB 1070 is a reaction, because California sealed its border with Mexico over a decade ago, forcing illegals to cross over further east into Arizona.

Notice that while our legislature rails at Arizona, our fences aren’t coming down. Uh-uh, no way.

de rigueur on July 6, 2012 at 7:51 PM

Spot on.

jimver on July 7, 2012 at 12:39 PM

So, where is Boehner announcing that the Feds have no money at this time, nor in any foreseeable future, to fund newly passed CA speed train, which assumes more than $3Billion in Federal funds to start with.

Paging Boehner. Boehner?

riddick on July 6, 2012 at 9:29 PM

No need for that…irony of ironies, the environmentalists here, in california are preparing (possibly some have been already filed) law suits against their newly found frenemy, JB, for some reasons they don’t like the idea of the speed riail, and while he went ahead and gave green lignt to the project, I don’t think it will ever be completed…secondly, and as pointed out in a previous post by erika, I think, what boggles the mind is how come a state is llowed to build a rail along the longest and deepest earthquake fault in the world, I mean seriously????? Where zre the ‘scientists’ , seismologists, geologists to weigh in in is whole debate…I mean, sure an earthquake could happen here any time, and sure, a lot of damage and loss of life is probably inevitable, but what is the rational of putting the money into a project knowing for sure that said rail would be the first one to go in the event of an earthquake…where are the risk assessment, risk management specialists, why did rhey let the idiot go ahead with the project..these are all more worrisome questions, JB is just a pathetic idiot, but the sycophants around him are the worst scum I can think of…

jimver on July 7, 2012 at 12:52 PM

Whatever happened to this (that was a debate that took place about 3 weeks ago and the general understanding was that JB cave into environmentalists and gave up supporting the project

jimver on July 7, 2012 at 12:56 PM

California, I might add, is struggling beneath an estimated $16 billion deficit for 2012. How can we guess that this ill-thought-out alternative immigration bill is going to effect their already terrible fiscal situation — or do you suppose they thought about that at all?

Are they not simply insane? Occam’s razor.

dogsoldier on July 7, 2012 at 12:57 PM

jimver on July 7, 2012 at 12:52 PM

No problem! They’ll just use extra-long crossties and anchor them on either side of the fault line. That will keep the fault together in case of an earthquake; and protect the rail line. With the added benefit of keeping the rest of California from sliding into the Pacific. Well worth the paltry billions it’ll cost to build. ///

Solaratov on July 7, 2012 at 3:10 PM

This is what happens when Republicans lose their groove and become a permanent minority. Mark it well. The minority of California voters who make it to the polls every time — left-wing activists, union members, and the Moron Demographic — have effectively ruled here (with a few interruptions) since the last time Jerry Brown was in office. This is the result.

J.E. Dyer on July 7, 2012 at 11:45 PM

Dirty little secret………pppssssssttttt.

The Progressive BIGGOV Lovers are bankrupting California on purpose so the state collapses and the Federal Government has to come in and bail them out (their sweetheart union deals).

Don’t know if you’ve noticed or not but the U.S. is being torn asunder by it’s politicians. California, New York, Illinois…..

….all headed for bankruptcy (and will fall into the hands or their creditor Masters whoever that turns out to be).

….or maybe they are just fools?

PappyD61 on July 8, 2012 at 11:10 AM

An increase in population gets the people of CA another house rep.

That’s right, folks.
Another Maxine Brown.

TimBuk3 on July 8, 2012 at 11:16 AM

Let me guess. The high speed rail is going to extend to Tiajuana to import illegals faster to register as Democrats.

The plan is coming together.

NoPain on July 9, 2012 at 11:34 AM