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When Republicans resist: Sanctuary state edition

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Carmen Spoerer, right, rallies among others protesting against sanctuary cities near the Santa Maria courthouse in Santa Maria, Calif. on Aug. 13.
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Carmen Spoerer, right, rallies among others protesting against sanctuary cities near the Santa Maria courthouse in Santa Maria, Calif. on Aug. 13.

California's sanctuary laws could be handing the state's GOP a cause to rally behind.

State of Affairs is Take Two's weekly peek at politics in the Golden State. 

This week:

  • Republicans resist: Several are taking aim at state sanctuary laws. And Cal State LA's Raphael Sonenshein says having something to rally against can be valuable in an election year:


It's always better to have something to be against. Once the government passed a state sanctuary, I had this instinct that told me this was going to create some local Republican heroes, because now they had something to resist. 



When it was just cities that were pursuing it, Orange County cities could say, "Well, we don't want to do that," and then it's kind of just a mild a debate. [Sanctuary laws] created heroes that President Trump could ally with. Even though they were carefully crafted, to the political arena, it's just California doing something that's going to be fought against. 



I do think that against mobilizes both parties. I think that's just the nature of politics. 

Also on State of Affairs:

  • Could the National Guard end up on California's southern border? President Trump says yes, but some California lawmakers say no.
  • Rep. Dana Rohrabacher has served 15 terms in Congress. This year, however, he faces more than a half-dozen challengers, as his support among Republicans seems to be waning. 

Guests:

  • Christina Bellantoni, assistant managing editor of politics for the LA Times
  • Raphael Sonenshein, executive director of the Pat Brown Institute at Cal State LA
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