California Governor Jerry Brown (D) rolled out an amended budget last week featuring several modifications from his January proposal. Among the new provisions contained within the multi-billion dollar spending package is one that would set aside millions of dollars to help fund legal defense for California’s burgeoning illegal immigrant population.
Brown set a decidedly pro-illegal tone during his January State of the State address, in which he vowed to the California legislature that he would defend “every man, woman, and child who has come here for a better life and has contributed to the well-being of our state.” Now, the governor appears to be following through with his word, appropriate taxpayer funds to help illegal immigrants avoid deportation.
The new funds would be siphoned out of the coffers under the guise of Health and Human Services, with a section of the budget entitled “Immigration Services” getting its allocated money doubled from $15 million to $30 million “to further expand the availability of legal services for people seeking … deportation defense.”
President Donald Trump, as well as certain key administration officials like Attorney General Jeff Sessions, found their way into power because of their strong opposition to illegal immigration, a topic that resonates with many hardworking voters who tire of their taxes going to fund illegal aliens.
Meanwhile, a slew of prominent California lawmakers – including State Senate President pro Tem Kevin De León (D-Los Angeles), who authored a bill that would make California an official sanctuary state that does not comply with federal immigration officials – have openly defied the Trump administration in an attempt to placate their ultra-liberal and illegal constituents.
In addition to the statewide taxpayer funds that will be funneled to illegal immigrants, a number of jurisdictions with California have indicated that they would also create similar programs. Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti created the “L.A. Justice Fund” to help “reach out” to undocumented people by spending $5 million in taxpayer funds, while the Sacramento city council recently voted unanimously to devote $300,000 to establish a network of organizations that help shield illegal immigrants facing deportation.