Lanhee Chen: California Adrift

In a pre-Super Bowl interview, President Trump said that California “in many ways, is out of control.”

California’s leaders don’t want to admit it, but he’s right on this one.
The president was making specific reference to legislation written by the top Democrat in the California State Senate, which would effectively turn the entire state into a “Sanctuary City,” prohibiting state or local authorities from enforcing federal immigration law.

Such legislation is an affront to those who believe in the rule of law.
California Democrats—led by Governor Jerry Brown—have decided their best strategy is simply to say “no” to everything President Trump proposes.

That’s too bad, because there are areas of potential bipartisan cooperation between the Golden State and the new administration in Washington—health care reform, infrastructure construction or maybe even energy policy.

Governor Brown and the state’s leaders should seek opportunities to cooperate and improve conditions for California’s residents. They surely won’t agree with President Trump on much, but they owe it to the people of California to govern maturely and responsibly.