With the passage of Senate Bill 54 last fall, California became the first “sanctuary state” in the country, one that has vowed not to cooperate with federal law enforcement to detain and deport illegal immigrants. But a group called Fight Sanctuary State aims to gather the required 366,000 signatures to put an initiative to repeal sanctuary state laws on the 2020 ballot.
The proposition, called the Community Protection Act, will not only ask voters to decide whether they are in favor of California being a sanctuary state, but also whether they support the California DMV issuing driver’s licenses as a form of identification for illegal immigrants.
Upon taking office, the Trump Administration sued the State of California, asking the courts to strike down the state’s sanctuary status based on the Constitution’s Supremacy Clause. A federal judge dismissed the bulk of that lawsuit and ruled that the policy could remain on the books.
While there are no polls on this particular ballot measure just yet — it’s premature since the proposition has not yet made its way to the ballot — based on California’s population, the sanctuary status will most likely not be overturned and remain in place. But nonetheless, it is important that the proposition be in the hands of voters.
Because as we all know from the 2016 Presidential Election, polls have often neglected and not accounted for the silent majority.