Tomi Lahren, a Fox News contributor and avid supporter of Donald Trump, says she’s headed to West Hollywood today to challenge supporters of sanctuary cities.
In a post on her Twitter account, @TomiLahren, Lahren said: “I am 100% against sanctuary for illegals. I’ll be out in West Hollywood this afternoon with my Fox team. Come change my mind.”
Since Donald Trump’s election in November 2016 roughly 300 cities, counties and states across the country have declared themselves sanctuaries for undocumented people according to the Center for Immigration Studies. West Hollywood is one of them.
Those cities are under attack by the Trump Administration and so is the State of California as described in a New York Times story headlined “In Clash Between California and Trump, It’s One America Versus Another.” That story cites the sanctuary city issue along with Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ recent announcement that he will more vigorously enforce federal laws making marijuana possession and sale illegal. California voters legalized the sale of recreational cannabis last year, and this past Monday West Hollywood was home to the first shops in Los Angeles County selling that product. Another wide gap between the majority of Californians and the Trump Administration is the GOP’s passage of a measure changing federal tax laws that will have a high impact on local residents by limiting their federal tax deductions of state and local taxes. State officials currently are studying a way to declare those tax payments “contributions,” which would make them deductible.
In a recent video posted on the Fox News Insider webpage, Lahren says: “I now live in California and it’s beautiful. We got the ocean, mountains, forests. And wacko liberals more than happy to regulate everything except illegal immigrants.”
It is unclear where and exactly when Lahren and the Fox News crew will land in West Hollywood. In fact, the newsroom at Fox 11, the Los Angeles television station, was unaware of Lahren’s stated plans until WEHOville alerted it.
Lahren, 25, is a California resident who was born in South Dakota. Earlier this year she began working for Great America Alliance, part of a pro-Trump super PAC that is chaired by by Newt Gingrich and Rudy Giuliani. In August 2017, she joined Fox News as a contributor.
With Lahren’s youth and long blonde hair she fits what has become somewhat of a stereotype of Fox News television personalities. She has a somewhat controversial history, having compared the Black Lives Matter movement to the Ku Klux Klan and criticized black Americans for unemployment, and drug abuse. Her stand on racial issues has led to some calling her “White Power Barbie.”
Lahren also has provoked the right wing, coming out in favor of abortion on March on “The View” television show.
There is no standard definition for the term “sanctuary city.” But it generally is understood to mean a city that limits its cooperation with U.S. Custom and Immigration Enforcement (ICE) officers who are charged with enforcing immigration law. In most cases that limit is a refusal to share with ICE officers information that would enable them to seize undocumented immigrants and hold them for deportation. Most sanctuary cities bar public safety officers or city employees from questioning people about their immigration status and refuse requests by ICE officers to detain people beyond their release date, if they were jailed for breaking local law.
Sanctuary cities argue that such seizures are a public safety issue, likely to lead undocumented residents to refrain from reporting crimes and inhibiting them from using health and social services and enrolling their children in school. Sheriff Jim McDonnell, whose L.A. County Sheriff’s Department provides public safety services in West Hollywood, has protested that seizure of undocumented workers who have not been arrested for serious crimes is a public safety concern.
The City of West Hollywood is one of three dozen government jurisdictions that filed a court brief in March opposing Trump’s executive order threatening to withhold federal funds from sanctuary cities. The others included the City of Los Angeles, Los Angeles County and Santa Monica and Santa Ana.