The Los Angeles Times reported Monday morning on Malibu leaders' vote to become a sanctuary city, citing residents explaining that illegals' labor makes possible Malibu's "comfortable lifestyle."

After the city council toiled for hours over the decision to make what amounts to a symbolic gesture (the city contracts its policing to the LA County Sheriff's Department so it follows their policies regarding immigration authorities), the paper quoted sanctuary proponents in the breezy beachside Malibubble.

The Times reported:

"Malibu is about 92% white and one of L.A. County's wealthiest cities. Everyone agrees the city has workers who are not authorized to be in the United States, and they tend to serve the food at upscale eateries, clean the beachside mansions, look after children and keep the landscaping looking lush."

The councilwoman who proposed the ordinance argued in favor of it by declaring, "Our city depends on a Hispanic population to support our comfortable lifestyle."

According to the councilwoman, that a chunk of the city's service workforce is in the country illegally is simply "a well-known fact around town."

Another "lifelong Malibu resident" told the Times that "it's hard to imagine a Malibu without the many immigrants who toil there."

"Heck … we would be paralyzed and no one's houses would be cleaned," he remarked.

One immigrant who commutes to Malibu from Compton observed, "You see Spanish speakers taking care of babies in every house."

First of all, these mostly white proponents of the sanctuary city vote are trafficking in the same stereotypes about Hispanics that liberals routinely decry as harmful.

Second, that the threat of decreased access to cheap labor is apparently the most persuasive argument for this policy should help us understand the real priorities of Malibu's wealthy white residents.

Emily Jashinsky is a commentary writer for the Washington Examiner.