Here’s one thing happening in the collapsing ‘Sanctuary State’ of California that’s worth copying

By Matt Rooney

Every New Jersey office holder, from local council member on up to the governor, is required to affirm that he or she “will support the Constitution of the United States.”

Phil Murphy is now demanding that local officials violate that oath, pursuing policies which are presently transforming the Garden State into the Sanctuary State. He openly plans to model New Jersey’s future after California’s current trajectory notwithstanding that state’s tangible signs of imminent collapse. One county (Hudson) has already formally declared its refusal to cooperate with DHS.

It’s madness, Save Jerseyans.

And if these states aren’t careful, they’re going to force the most serious constitutional crisis facing our nation since 1861, certainly inside of any of our respective lifetimes.

For those of us who know it?

There is something beginning (I hope) out on the Left Coast actually worth copying.

On Monday night, the city council of the 11,449 citizen-strong Los Alamitos (in Orange County) voted to opt out of California’s recently adopted sanctuary state law; if the ordinance clears a second vote (which it likely will, since it passed on the first vote 4-1), Los Alamitos will cooperate with federal immigration authorities unlike the rest of the state.

The proposed ordinance (click here to read it) declares how “the Council of the City of Los Alamitos, a Charter City, finds that it is impossible to honor our oath to support and defend the Constitution of the United States and to be in compliance with California Government Code Title 1, Division 7, Chapter 17.25,” and, therefore,

The City of Los Alamitos, a Charter City, does hereby exempt the City of Los Alamitos from the California Values Act, Government Code Title 1, Division 7, Chapter 17.25 and instead will comply with the appropriate Federal Laws and the Constitution of the United States.

“I believe in the law. I live here and I couldn’t be prouder,” said one attendee interviewed by the Orange County Register.

That “believing in the law” part is key.

The Rule of Law still means something to most Americans. What’s more, the U.S. Supreme Court hasn’t been ambiguous in ruling again (and again) over the course of the last century that our federal government exercises exclusive power to make, and enforce, U.S. immigration law. States do NOT have the option to decide which federal immigration laws they want to enforce and which they do not, any more than the South had a “right” to secede from the Union.

I sure as hell don’t agree with Phil Murphy on just about anything. After all, I’m not a Marxist! But if Trenton tells my town how to collect taxes or pave roads… so be it. I can register my displeasure in the next general election.

But if Trenton tells me I have to ignore the U.S. Constitution? And in so doing pit myself, and my local elected officials, against the rest of the United States and the Rule of Law?

Those aren’t directives which anyone has an obligation to abide.

Let Phil mirror Jerry Brown if he wants. The rest of us don’t have to sit idly by and watch our state be run into the ground. I urge EVERY LOCAL OFFICIAL reading this post — and there are a lot of you in this audience — to consider an ordinance similar to the one currently pending adoption in Los Alamitos. Remember: your first duty isn’t to Trenton! It’s to the families and businesses in your own communities as well as the Constitution that enshrines their fundamental liberties. If Phil Murphy doesn’t like it? Then Phil Murphy should be forced to go it alone.