At some point, a state and/or local politician is going to go entirely too far and force the Trump Administration to make an example of them – and there is a good chance that local figure may well be California’s, Governor Gavin Newsom. The Democrat seems to think he can overrule the president and federal law when it comes to pardoning illegal aliens who happen to be felons to keep them from being deported.
California Gov. Gavin Newsom on Monday pardoned seven former felons, including two Cambodian refugees the Trump administration wants to deport, in his first acts of clemency since the Democrat took office in January.
Newsom adopted a policy of his predecessor, former Gov. Jerry Brown, to use his state constitutional authority to issue pardons to shield immigrants targeted by federal immigration officials.
The pardons are an unmistakable rebuke to President Trump, whose fiery anti-immigrant rhetoric and demands for giant wall along the U.S.-Mexico border have been central to the escalating political feud between Newsom and the White House.
Did any of the geniuses in California who thought up this way of doing things ask the people out there who pay their salaries if they wanted violent felons walking among them?
That seems to be beside the point when Democrats want to flip the Trump Administration the bird.
Newsom took another shot at Trump just hours before announcing the pardons while speaking to members of Asian Pacific Islander American Public Affairs Assn., a national nonprofit, nonpartisan advocacy organization based in Sacramento. Newsom compared Trump to the anti-immigrant “demagogues” in San Francisco who championed the federal Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882 — the nation’s first immigration ban on a specific group of people.
“I’m constantly trying to understand the moment we’re living in, the xenophobia, the nativism that marks the populism of this moment,” Newsom said. “Any of us who are students of history know that it’s not without precedent. It’s not novel. It’s hardly new. It’s very familiar.”
Funny. The Irish got over their exclusion. So did any number of other immigrant groups who no longer complain. Why this is brought up when there are felons being released from prison as a thumb in the eye to Washington is a mystery.
In the meantime, California is busy undermining the federal government. Sooner or later, the Trump people will put a stop to it.