California: The Neo-Confederacy?

Member Group : Jerry Shenk

Never mind that the Federal Government of the United States has, as its duty to defend the nation, sole constitutional authority over borders and immigration; forget the Supremacy Clause of the U.S. Constitution establishing federal law as “the supreme law of the land”; aspiring “sanctuary state” California’s assumption of immunity to federal statutes recalls the 19th-Century Confederacy.

In three deliberate unconstitutional actions enacted to defy federal legal authority, California’s state legislature has made it a criminal act for citizens to assist federal agents in apprehending illegal aliens, for California law enforcement officers to notify federal agents of criminal illegal alien detainees’ release from custody, and California ordered state inspections — regulation — of federal immigration detention facilities.

Just as seditious slave-holding states attempted to invalidate federal government policies they didn’t like, and, in the 20th Century, the South ignored federal desegregation legislation, California has all but declared itself a New Confederacy. Resistance didn’t end well for the insurgent South. California will fare no better.

California represents about 13 percent of the nation’s population, but it hosts more than 20 percent of America’s 12.5 million illegals and over a third of America’s welfare recipients. Accordingly, California’s demographics and policies affect every taxpayer in every state and deserving poor Americans. Based on prescribed national census and congressional representation practices, its illegal residents arguably allow California’s over-representation in Congress.

Given the illegality of California’s legislative actions and their implications for the rest of America, there was no alternative: the federal government had to act.

On March 6, the United States Department of Justice filed suit in federal court to force California’s compliance with statutory federal immigration policies. The complaint asks the court to block the California legislature’s votes which, the DOJ argues, are intentionally designed to impede the enforcement of federal immigration law.

On the same day, Attorney General Jeff Sessions gave an address to the California Peace Officers’ Association in which he described open borders as a radical, irrational, unacceptable notion: “[The immigration laws are] on the books… There is no nullification…no secession. Federal law is the supreme law of the land. I would invite any doubters to go to Gettysburg, to the tombstones of John C. Calhoun and Abraham Lincoln.”

Sessions challenged California officials: “How dare you needlessly endanger the lives of our law enforcement officers to promote a radical, open borders agenda?”

It will take some time in the courts, but California will surely lose – possibly twice: In 1861, West Virginia Unionists were granted statehood after Virginia, of which the new state had been a part, seceded. So, clearly, there is historical and legal precedent for splitting California into two states.

If California government agents actively resist federal law, highly-likely considering their open belligerence, Washington could invoke the Insurrection Act of 1807, after which a newly-formed northern/inland/southern “New California” legislature could petition for statehood. Then, following a GOP-controlled Congress’s approval, Old Glory would add a star, and America would gain two more Republican senators and presidential electors.