By Miriam Raftery and Rebecca Jefferis Williamson
March 31, 2017 (El Cajon )—El Cajon Mayor Bill Wells is leading efforts among local officials opposed to Senate Bill 54, which would declare California a sanctuary state. Officials from several local cities joined Wells in a press conference March 29th at the El Cajon Police Department, where about 25 protesters who support the sanctuary measure also turned out.
Opponents of SB 54 claim it would make communities less safe and put federal funds at risk. They have launched their own website, www.mayorsforsafecities.org.
Critics disagree, and one local official contends that backers of the Safe Cities website have disseminated "alternative facts" that mislead the public on SB 54.