Nick Givas, DCNF
Before the Escondido city council in California voted four to one to join the Trump administration’s lawsuit against the sanctuary state, a legal immigrant gave an impassioned speech about how he came to America.
“I speak to you as an immigrant myself,” he said Wednesday while wearing a “Make America Great Again” hat. “I came to this country 45 years ago with me and my mother. Okay. 45 years ago we were not offered sanctuary! We were not offered easier, softer way. Okay. We were told you have to be an American citizen and here’s what you have to do, and we did it. We worked hard. And we put in our time.”
The man said he was now a proud U.S. citizen, with the documentation hanging on his wall to prove it.
“Now, I now have a piece of paper hanging on my wall called a naturalization certificate that says I am a proud United States American citizen. And if I can do it, every single person that’s a dreamer in this room can do it” he concluded. “Every person that’s undocumented in this room, they can do it, too.”
Major efforts are underway in California to overturn SB 54 — also known as the sanctuary state law. Town and municipalities are beginning to break away from the state government’s policy and a statewide voter initiative to overturn the law is slated to be on the ballot during the 2020 elections.