Most Californians Oppose Sanctuary Cities


There is a lack of support for the more than 200 sanctuary cities in the U.S. and none is more surprising than in California where most oppose it, which suggests it is a winning campaign issue for Republicans.

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The House of Rep­res­ent­at­ives passed a bill in July that seeks to take away fed­er­al funds from so-called sanc­tu­ary cit­ies that don’t co­oper­ate with im­mig­ra­tion en­force­ment. It passed 241-179, mostly along party lines.

New York City May­or Bill de Bla­sio, Los Angeles May­or Eric Gar­cetti and the ACLU are opposed to the bill.

Hillary Clinton and Joe Biden have been big supporters of Sanctuary Cities from the 1970s to at least 2008. She is now changing her tune somewhat. Democrats have been pretending the violence associated with sanctuary cities doesn’t exist and that they are actually safer because of the practice.

Barbara Boxer and Dianne Feinstein, who began San Francisco’s sanctuary city policy, have come out against it but they aren’t planning to face voters again.

Californians strongly oppose sanctuary cities according to a new poll released by the Institute of Governmental Studies (IGS) at UC Berkeley.

Under sanctuary city policy, local authorities ignore federal requests to detain undocumented immigrants who have been arrested but are about to be released.

That opposition comes from strong majorities in both major political parties and among independent voters, and crosses other demographic categories, according to the data and two out of three Latinos oppose the policies.

Reality must be sinking in.

IGS Director Jack Citrin, a professor of political science at UC-Berkeley who has studied immigration for years, said “Californians want their local officials to abide by the requests of federal authorities.”

The view that local authorities should defer to Federal was expressed by 65 percent of Latino respondents, 75 percent of Asian Americans and African Americans and 80 percent of whites.

Latinos were most likely to know someone affected by these issues.

The survey was not conducted in Spanish.

There was little reaction to the shooting of Kate Steinle but there was to the concept itself. They’d care if it was their daughter or sister.

All age and income groups agreed.

In other polls conducted by the IGS, most Californians oppose higher gas taxes or vehicle registration frees and most want even stronger efforts to replace electricity with renewables.



Source: IGS UC Berkeley