Joke signs were posted on California highways as The Golden State became a sanctuary state in the new year.
Posted under the ‘Welcome to California’ highway signs, they read: ‘OFFICIAL SANCTUARY STATE, Felons, Illegals and MS13 Welcome! Democrats Need The Votes!’ along with the seal of California and the Democratic Donkey symbol.
It is unclear who is responsible but multiple signs were posted greeting motorists as they enter from Arizona and Nevada on Highway 95.
California officially became a ‘sanctuary state’ on Monday after the law Democratic Governor Jerry Brown signed in October took effect.
The law prohibits police in the nation’s most populous state from asking people about their immigration status or participating in federal immigration enforcement activities in most cases.
California is home to an estimated 2.3 million illegal immigrants.
‘These are uncertain times for undocumented Californians and their families, and this bill strikes a balance that will protect public safety while bringing a measure of comfort to those families who are now living in fear every day,’ Brown said on the day he signed the bill.
In the meantime, the Trump administration has been pledging to crack down on sanctuary cities that refuse to cooperate with federal immigration authorities.
Trump repeatedly pointed to the case of Kate Steinle, a woman who was fatally shot July 1, 2015, on a San Francisco pier by an illegal immigrant. The defendant went on trial for murder but was acquitted in November 2017.
‘No wonder the people of our Country are so angry with Illegal Immigration,’ the president tweeted after the verdict, which he called ‘disgraceful’.
Other members of the Trump administration spoke out against the California proposal.
‘The bill risks the safety of good law enforcement officers and the safety of the neighborhoods that need their protection the most,’ Attorney General Jeff Sessions said in September, according to the Los Angeles Times.
Thomas Homan, acting director of US Immigration and Customs Enforcement, added in a statement: ‘By passing this bill, California politicians have chosen to prioritize politics over public safety.
‘Disturbingly, the legislation serves to codify a dangerous policy that deliberately obstructs our country’s immigration laws and shelters serious criminal alien offenders.
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