California enjoys priding itself on its open-mindedness with regard to illegal immigration. In 2014, Gov. Jerry Brown attended an event with Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto. There, according to the Los Angeles Times, Brown “nodded to the immigrants in the room, saying it didn’t matter if they had permission to be in the United States.” Brown added, “You’re all welcome in California today.”
And so it has been. California considers itself a sanctuary state — a state in which law enforcement officials refuse to work with federal authorities to capture and deport illegal immigrants. The logic, supposedly, is that illegal immigrants will be more likely to work with local law enforcement if they aren’t fearful of federal intervention, and that illegal immigrants come to California to work. The true logic is somewhat more cynical: Democrats in the state of California believe that they can win Latino votes by pandering on the issue of illegal immigration.
Now, there are hundreds of thousands of wonderful people living in California who came to the United States illegally. But it’s willfully blind to pretend that California hasn’t borne inordinate costs of illegal immigration thanks to Democratic political pandering.