According to
“California has more than 2.7 million undocumented immigrants—about 7% of its population.
Lawmakers in Democrat-controlled California are already laying the groundwork to fight President-elect Donald Trump’s conservative populist agenda.”

California is one of the richest states in the United States, and leans more Democratic than Republican. As such California as a state has decided that it will protect its population whether documented or undocumented from the forthcoming Trump’s administration immigration plans. Although immigration is a federal matter, many states might have a right to actually prevent the government from trying to deport millions from the United States including California. These are few suggestions:

1. California should not participate in the “deputization” of the police force to round up immigrants. Deputization, in this context, is the process of giving legal authority to local law enforcement entities to use immigration laws to arrest individuals.
2. California should refuse to provide facilities to keep immigrants in custody.
3. California should create real sanctuary cities not just symbolic cities. This means when immigrants are in such cities, they cannot really take them away.
4. California should create more tough hate crime laws including crimes against immigrants.
5. Finally if nothing works, prepare for detaching California from the rest of the United States.

While many of the propositions will have legal challenges, if California is serious in keeping not only its people but its ‘supremacy’ in innovation and protecting good people, some real serious decisions have to be made and the next few months will be decisive.

The above is purely an opinion. One should not act or refrain to act solely on the information provided.


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Shah Peerally is an attorney licensed in California practicing immigration law and debt settlement. He has featured as an expert legal analyst for many TV networks such as NDTV, Times Now and Sitarree TV. Articles about Shah Peerally and his work have appeared on newspapers such as San Jose Mercury News, Oakland Tribune, US Fiji Times, Mauritius Le Quotidien, Movers & Shakers and other prominent international newspapers. His work has been commended by Congress women Nancy Pelosi and Barbara Lee. He has a weekly radio show on KLOK 1170AM and frequently participates in legal clinics in churches, temples and mosques. His law group, Shah Peerally Law Group, has represented clients all over the United States constantly dealing with the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), Immigration and Custom Enforcement(ICE) and CBP (Customs Border Patrol (CBP) under the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). This department was formerly known as the Immigration and Nationality Services (INS).