LOS ANGELES, Jan 4, (Pakistan Point News - APP - 04th Jan, 2017 ) - California, home to many foreigners without residence papers, is girding to fight any attempt by President-elect Donald Trump to expel them. Trump, who takes office January 20, has vowed to deport from the country as many as three million immigrants with criminal records and build a wall along the border with Mexico. But several so-called sanctuary cities in California -- ones that intentionally avoid prosecuting undocumented foreigners for violations of Federal immigration policy -- are beginning to dig in.
The state is home to 2.8 million of undocumented immigrants. "We have all heard the insults. We have all heard the lies. And we have all heard the threats," said Anthony Rendon, speaker of the California State Assembly. He is a Democrat of Mexican origin. "If you want to get to them, you have to go through us." During the presidential campaign, Trump vowed to cut off federal funds for sanctuary cities, of which there are an estimated 300 in the United States. But city authorities seem to have no intention of supporting any anti-immigrant initiative by the incoming government. Advocates say protecting undocumented immigrants from deportation and other punishments encourages them to report crimes, enroll in school and seek healthcare.