Anti-California Sanctuary State Law March
Dozens of Trump supporters gathered to protest California’s sanctuary state law (SB 54) on the corner of 2nd Street and Pacific Coast Highway in Huntington Beach on Saturday, April 27.
People holding Trump 2020 flags and wearing red Make America Great Again (MAGA) hats filled the street corner, chanting messages such as “Build the wall!” over megaphones.
California’s sanctuary state law prohibits local law enforcement officers from cooperating with federal authorities on immigration laws. Although SB 54 went into effect on January 1, 2018, not all counties in the state have acted in accordance, including Orange County.
Those in attendance of the anti-sanctuary state called for SB 54's abolishment. At the forefront of the crowd in a blue Redlands Tea Party Patriots t-shirt and red MAGA hat stood Bill Kezar. “I think it needs to be abolished and anybody that enforces that law should be prosecuted by the federal government for violating our immigration laws, and that goes for our governor Gavin Newsom, I would love to see him in a federal prison,” Kezar said. “Secure our borders, build that wall and anybody that comes into this country… if they come in illegally they need to be deported immediately.”
Counter-protesters in favor of SB 54 also held their own event across the street with attendees holding up signs and banners displaying messages such as “Abolish ICE” and “End State Terror.”
An altercation broke out between the two opposing groups after a self-proclaimed “patriot journalist” began provoking the pro-sanctuary state crowd.
The event ended with three arrests and no official counts of injury.