Orange County Sheriff Joins #Resistance Against Sanctuary State

The Orange County Board of Supervisors is scheduled to discuss a number of items related Sanctuary State laws and whether they’ll be enforced in the county at today’s meeting, but Orange County Sheriff Sandra Hutchens has already stepped up the #resistance started by Los Alamitos a few weeks ago.

One provision of SB 54 forbids local law enforcement from sharing inmate information, including home address and release date, with federal officials unless that information is publicly available (or with a warrant signed by a federal judge). So, Sheriff Hutchens is simply posting release dates of all inmates, regardless of immigration status (because we’re not supposed to be influenced by immigration status, right? Equality!), online.

From the LA Times:

“We have an obligation to safeguard our community and we will use every tool available to help hold criminals accountable,” said Orange County Undersheriff Don Barnes. “Our inability to relinquish these individuals to the custody of ICE causes them to be returned to the communities which they prey upon.”

From Jan. 1 to March 19, the agency released 172 inmates in the country illegally into the community because state law prohibited authorities from notifying ICE, said Carrie Braun, a spokeswoman for the Sheriff’s Department. It’s unclear if any of those people — whose convictions include domestic violence, theft, driving under the influence and criminal threats — have recidivated.

Thank you, Sheriff!

LA Times Columnist Blatantly Lies About Sanctuary State Bill in De Leon Article

In a piece analyzing CA Senator Kevin de Leon’s track record, LA Times political columnist George Skelton not only glosses over the Sanctuary Statue; he blatantly lies about what SB 54 does.

His controversial bill, which the Trump administration is challenging in court, basically decrees to state and local law enforcement: Leave immigrants who are undocumented but otherwise law-abiding alone, but help federal agents kick out serious criminals. It says local cops should focus on enforcing local laws, and let federal agents enforce their own immigration laws.

Skelton either hasn’t read the same bill we have, or he lacks the ability to comprehend English. Since he’s been a journalist for 50 years, we’ll assume he understands English, and let you draw your own conclusion about his motives.

The “California Values Act” does NOT “decree to state and local law enforcement” to “help federal agents kick out serious criminals.” It FORBIDS cooperation between federal agents and state and local law enforcement in kicking out serious criminals. Local law enforcement officers are not allowed to share any information with the feds that’s not publicly available and are NOT ALLOWED to honor ICE detainers.

De Leon, Gavin Newsom, Kamala Harris, and Jerry Brown have all taken advantage of a media culture that never challenges a word they say, feeding them misinformation and talking points knowing that the journalists won’t do the hard work of fact-checking or actually reading the bill. (We doubt most legislators read the bills either, so who can expect journalists to?)

Their #TimesUp.

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Sen. Warren, Don’t Tell Me You’re Sorry For My Son’s Death

In February one of our founders, Don Rosenberg, was in Washington D.C. with a group of “angel parents,” parents who have lost a child to illegal alien crime.

After a chance meeting with Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), in which he told her about his Dreamer, Drew, he wanted to follow up with a more detailed explanation of the comment that provoked an angry, offended response from her.

Since we’re not sure the letter will get through to the Senator, we’re publishing it here as well.


March 18, 2018

Dear Sen. Warren,

You don’t know me, but I’m sure you remember me.

We “met” on February 7, 2018 in the corridor between the Dirksen and Hart office buildings.

We passed each other but when I called your name you stopped and approached me. I was holding a photo of my son, Drew, and said to you, “This is my Dreamer, my son Drew.” You smiled. He was a law student in San Francisco, I said, who was killed by an illegal alien in 2010. When I told you of his death you politely said how sorry you were for my loss.  I said, “No, you aren’t.” You angrily replied that I couldn’t judge what was in your heart. I said, “I’m not judging what’s in your heart; I’m judging you by your actions.”

I want to explain more about why I said that to you.

I’ve been involved in the illegal immigration issue almost every day for the past six years. I have a pretty good idea about how every politician stands on this issue. You and every other Democrat (of which I was one for 50 years) have ignored people like myself who have suffered the ultimate tragedy of having a loved one killed by someone who doesn’t even have a right to be here.

Now we have Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf warning convicted criminals of their potential arrest. Not a word from you or any Democrat. Well, not quite. Here’s what Nancy Pelosi said:

“Fully half of those swept up in the ICE raids have no criminal record. This raid was intended solely to terrorize innocent immigrant families and instill fear in the hearts of our communities – not to keep Americans safe. Parents will now be torn from their children, and spouses ripped away from their loved ones.”

One of those “immigrants” (they’re not immigrants, they are illegal aliens) who had no criminal record (he did enter the country illegally) killed my son. Had he been deported when he was caught breaking the law (and although he was guilty the charges were dropped) that would have kept an American alive. That would have kept my son from being “ripped away” permanently from his “loved ones.”

Any admonishment from any Democrat for Pelosi’s comments? Where is your statement admonishing her? You, and every other Democrat are as much in denial about illegal alien criminality as the Republicans are about global climate change.

I wanted to make sure that I understood your position on the issue and researched any comments you may have made about controlling illegal immigration and deporting those who are here illegally. I wanted to see if I could find any utterance from you that we needed to secure our borders and at the very least deport those who committed additional crimes after coming here illegally. If you ever said anything remotely connected to that sentiment I couldn’t find it.

However, what I did find among numerous pro-amnesty clips were two that sum it all up.

The first was a tweet.

Really! Enforcing the law and deporting those here illegally who have then committed additional crimes is “dumb and dangerous but returning criminals – almost all of whom are repeat offenders – is “smart and safe”?

At the Netroots Convention on August 12, 2017, you said:

“Dreamers, who are as American as you and me, were promised a chance. They were promised a chance to work, a chance to live without being in fear of being ripped away from family and friends and the home that most of them have known. The chance to build a future.”

There’s not one thought in that statement that is true. They are certainly not as American as you or me. They were promised a temporary chance to work, a temporary chance to live without fear of being “ripped” away from family and friends and a temporary chance to build a future. They got that. Whether that temporary promise should be made permanent is another subject that shouldn’t be dealt with until at the very least those who have committed additional crimes are no longer protected by public servants hiding behind the absurd comment that releasing criminals back into society enhances public safety.

Tens of millions of American citizens and legal residents have been negatively financially impacted by illegal immigration (Dreamers have cost US citizens over 450 billion just to educate them in K-12). Tens of millions have been negatively impacted by criminal alien crime. In, 2016 alone there were over 200,000 illegal aliens in state jails and prisons and another 40,000 in federal prisons. The 52,000 illegal aliens in California jails and prisons were convicted of approximately 400,000 crimes.  Since the last amnesty somewhere over 50,000 Americans have suffered the ultimate, losing their lives to people who have no right to be here and been permanently ripped from their families and friends and have NO future.

They were promised Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness and instead they were ignored by you and your predecessors who sold them out for a vote and a buck.

Two board members of our advocacy group, Advocates for Victims of Illegal Alien Crime (AVIAC), Maureen Maloney and Maureen Laquerre, are citizens of Massachusetts. Ms. Maloney’s son was killed by an illegal alien as was Ms. Laquerre’s brother. They’ve tried to meet with you to no avail. Have you ever thought about reaching out to them?

I’m sure you don’t want to hear this, but you are an American Senator. Your first responsibility is to the health, safety and welfare of American citizens. Americans are killed and harmed every day by illegal aliens. You were so ready and did shut down the government for people here illegally. You and your fellow Democrats won’t even acknowledge the crimes committed by illegal aliens against Americans, immigrants and yes, even those here illegally.  Fourteen children and three adults were just gunned down in Parkland, Florida. Why no promise to shut down the government to protect American school children?

Whether DACA recipients should be given a “pathway to citizenship,” legal status or deported should be the last issue taken up in the illegal immigration debate. This Congress and the President have a first responsibility to the American people. As the Democratic Party and some in the Republican Party don’t seem to understand is that any provision that will allow some number of DACA recipients to remain in the United States permanently must wait. If they get deported so be it. I’m sure my son would prefer being deported anywhere in the world versus where he now resides.

If you would like to have a more civil conversation I will come to you whenever and wherever you choose. I look forward to your response, but won’t hold my breath.

Sincerely,

Don Rosenberg

As Predicted, Illegal Aliens Libby Schaaf Warned Have Already Reoffended

Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf one-upped her Democrat colleagues last month by publicly warning illegal aliens that an ICE raid was imminent. Though ICE officials arrested hundreds of illegal alien criminals in the sweep, ICE Deputy Director Thomas Homan estimated that 800 people were able to elude arrest.

Anyone with half a brain knew it was just a matter of time until some of those who were able to avoid detection were out committing crimes again. Less than a month post-raid, and here are three who’ve already been picked up again. Via Washington Times:

[Homan] said one man had been released under sanctuary policies in November, after jail officials ignored an ICE request to hold him. His deportation officers tried to arrest the man last month as part of their enforcement action in Northern California, but after Ms. Schaaf’s warning he was one of the more than 800 who eluded them.

He has since been arrested for robbery and weapons violations, Mr. Homan said.

Another man was arrested for “injury of a spouse,” and a third was arrested for his third drunken-driving offense.

“So if he’s getting arrested three times, how many times has he committed this crime? That is a public safety threat,” Mr. Homan said.

Homan also said that according to intel picked up by ICE agents, smugglers cartels are touting sanctuary jurisdictions to entice migrants – promising they’ll be delivered to sanctuary jurisdictions “where they will be protected.”

With people like Libby Schaaf in charge, we know California’s politicians won’t willingly repeal sanctuary state laws. That’s why we’re bringing the vote directly to the people. Click here to tell Jerry Brown, Xavier Becerra, and Kevin De Leon, “We’ve had enough.”

Orange County Supervisor Calls On County to Follow Los Alamitos’ Lead

After the Los Alamitos City Council passed an ordinance Monday night exempting itself from the California Values Act, Orange County Supervisor Michelle Steel released a statement thanking the city’s leaders for their stance.

“I thank the City of Los Alamitos for standing up for its citizens and rejecting the so-called “Sanctuary” legislation passed in Sacramento, and I urge the County of Orange and all of our cities to do the same.

“Senate Bill 54 is dangerous because it blocks local law enforcement from working with federal authorities to remove criminals from our communities.

“Everyone remembers the tragic murder of Kate Steinle, an innocent 32-year-old woman, in 2015. She was shot and killed by an illegal immigrant, Francisco Sanchez, who had already been deported 5 times and racked up 7 felony convictions.

“According to press reports, before the murder, ICE officials asked the San Francisco Sheriff’s Department to inform them when Sanchez would be released so that federal agents could pick him up. But the sheriff’s department said, in keeping with “Sanctuary City” policies, it does not hold detainees on requests from federal immigration officials unless there is a warrant for their arrest.

“Since Senate Bill 54 became effective on January 1, the Orange County Sheriff’s Department ended its federal 287(g) program, under which Sheriff’s Deputies screened inmates and notified Immigration and Customs Enforcement of the pending release of incarcerated illegal immigrants.

“We cannot allow this to happen in Orange County. Orange County should follow federal law and fully cooperate with immigration enforcement to identify and arrest dangerous illegal immigrants.

“We need to protect our families and our homes here in Orange County, and that means bolstering our cooperation with federal immigration enforcement and stopping our county from becoming a sanctuary for criminal illegal immigrants.”

According to this report from the Orange County Register, the true #resistance is spreading.

In Aliso Viejo, Mayor Dave Harrington said his council plans to discuss similar action at its April 4 meeting.

“It is a great thing what they did,” Harrington said of the Los Alamitos vote. “I think they were spot-on; that we take the oath of office to uphold the Constitution of the United States.”

Buena Park Councilwoman Beth Swift said she plans to request at the next council meeting for the issue to be placed on a future agenda for discussion.

Another city that had been discussing something similar, even before Los Alamitos’ vote, is Huntington Beach, according to Assemblyman Travis Allen, a Republican who represents both Huntington Beach and Los Alamitos.

“Tiny Los Alamitos has kicked open the door and now other cities across California are looking to get onboard and stand up against the illegal sanctuary state,” Allen, who is running for governor, said Tuesday.

We, too, call upon other cities and counties to stand up to Sacramento and refuse to follow their reckless, immoral, and unconstitutional sanctuary laws until we can bring a permanent solution to the voters.

Los Alamitos Votes to Uphold the Constitution, Defy Lawless Sacramento Politicians

The city council of Los Alamitos, California passed an ordinance essentially opting out of adhering to the “California Values Act,” better known as the Sanctuary State law. They also voted in favor of submitting an amici brief supporting the federal government’s position in the case of the United States vs. California.

Mayor Pro Tem Warren Kusumoto introduced the proposed ordinance, properly calling state legislators “bullies.”

Kusumoto, 57, an electrical engineer in the aerospace industry, said he believes state legislators looking to protect people living illegally in the country have overstepped their boundaries and placed him and other local elected officials in a quandary, he said.

“I look at the U.S. Constitution. I look at the state constitution. I look at the SB-54 law as it was amended, and then I looked at California government code – and I said ‘We can’t comply with this,’” Kusumoto said. “I’m no lawyer, but I feel these things are in conflict.”

“This is our way of going on record saying, ‘We’re going to comply with the U.S. Constitution’, ” Kusumoto said.

The proposal generated the usual hate from the side of “tolerance.”

And, a threat from the ACLU.

Pro-sanctuary protesters spouted the standard, stale, and deceptive lines, not admitting (or perhaps ignorant of) the fact that these policies mainly benefit criminal illegal aliens, meaning illegal aliens who have committed crimes OTHER than entering this country illegally.

Jump to about 52:00 into this video, and a sanctuary supporter is emphasizing that “criminals” should be locked up or deported.

He obviously doesn’t understand that repeat criminals are the ones who benefit, like the twice-deported, repeat drunk driver who killed a six-year-old girl almost exactly a month ago just 15 miles down the road from Los Alamitos City Hall.

Kusumoto says his proposed ordinance is not anti-immigrant, and neither is he.

“I’m not anti-immigrant. I recognize we’re a melting pot. I’m proof of that,” said Kusumoto. His grandparents emigrated from Japan to Hawaii, before it became a state.

“This is coming from the heart, from the perspective of a simple engineer.”

Residents of Los Alamitos, a community of about 12,000 people in Orange County, were supportive on Twitter.

The vote and reaction tonight show that there are still Californians, both politicians and ordinary citizens, interested in the rule of law and strongly opposed to what Jerry Brown and Xavier Becerra are attempting to do.

 

(Fight Sanctuary State was founded by a group of Californians committed to the safety of the state’s families by ending sanctuary jurisdiction policies and laws. Please donate to help fund the repeal fight.)

Jose Inez Garcia-Zarate Wouldn’t be Pulling This Stunt in Mexico!

Los Angeles, CA (March 15, 2018) – This week Jose Inez Garcia-Zarate (if that’s his real name) filed a lawsuit against the federal government for allegedly “colluding” with state prosecutors in an effort to “vindictively” prosecute him on federal weapons charges

Garcia-Zarate is clearly taking his cue from his allies, Libby Schaaf, Kamala Harris, Kevin de Leon, and Xavier Becerra, flipping off California’s families and taking zero responsibility for his criminal conduct. Like his allies, Garcia-Zarate merely deflects criticism and claims persecution in an attempt to excuse himself.

Fight Sanctuary State’s Don Rosenberg commented:

“When it comes to illegal immigration we live in a Bizarro world where everything is the opposite of what it should be. His actions doesn’t surprise me one bit. What sociopaths his attorneys must be to take this case. I’m surprised they didn’t name Kate and her parents in the lawsuit.”

Garcia-Zarate’s claim of “collusion” is laughable. Of course federal and state law enforcement officials and prosecutors communicate with each other about cases. Without that cooperation, many dangerous criminals would be free to roam the streets. In addition, it was a firearm stolen from a federal employee’s truck that Garcia-Zarate fired that July day. The federal government was necessarily involved, since its employee was a witness and its property was stolen and used in a crime.

That a man with an extensive criminal history, whose actions led to the death of a young woman in her father’s arms, and who should already be back in Mexico (since he’s, sadly, not behind bars for the rest of his life) would have the nerve to file such a lawsuit is a pathetic and infuriating.

One thing’s for sure – Garcia-Zarate wouldn’t be pulling this stunt in Mexico.

Lizbeth Mateo: We Don’t Need More Attorneys in CA, Especially Those Who Don’t Follow the Law

Los Angeles, CA (March 15, 2018) – Senate President Pro Tem Kevin de Leon is again showing his preference for illegal aliens over law-abiding citizens and legal residents by appointing an illegal alien to a statewide post.

Wednesday the California Senate Rules Committee appointed “attorney and immigrants rights activist” Lizbeth Mateo to the California Student Opportunity and Access Program Project Grant Advisory Committee. He proudly trumpets the fact that Mateo is NOT in California legally, and trumpets her “courage.”

“Ms. Mateo is a courageous, determined and intelligent young woman who at great personal risk has dedicated herself to fight for those seeking their rightful place in this country.”

People who come here illegally do not have a “rightful place” in this country. Mateo came to the United States when she was “only” 14 years old, speaks fluent Spanish, and the flag she waved and the country she thanked at her law school graduation was NOT the United States.

Fight Sanctuary State co-founder Don Rosenberg’s son was killed by an illegal alien. Of Mateo’s appointment, Rosenberg says:

“If Ms. Mateo is so ‘dedicated to Oaxaca, Mexico,’ she should return to Oaxaca and practice there. Unlike Mexico, California is not in need of more attorneys, especially attorneys who do not believe in or adhere to the laws of the United States.”

De Leon’s loyalty to things other than the United States and the Constitution is infuriating to those who take the rule of law and American values seriously, but to us it is heartbreaking as well. We’ve dealt with the loss of our children, killed by people who shouldn’t have been in this country to begin with, and now a man who aims to be the governor of our beautiful state mocks the loss of our dreams by continually ignoring the rule of law.

His actions, and the actions of politicians like Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf and Attorney General Becerra, prove that sadly this state’s leaders are incapable of upholding their oaths of office and that a constitutional amendment forcing them to do so is necessary. We will be announcing the details of our proposed California constitutional amendment in the coming days.

[RedState] Hey, Jerry Brown, This Little Girl’s Blood is On Your Hands

RedState shared the heartbreaking story of Grace Aguilar, who was killed February 17, 2018 in Fullerton, California, by a twice-deported drunk driver, who had also previously been convicted of DUI.

It took Angela and Jesus Aguilar eight years to conceive their daughter, Grace. After saving up for in vitro, they joyfully welcomed their “angel.” By the time she was six years old, she was known throughout the neighborhood as “Gracie” and had a reputation for being friendly and a sweet, obedient girl.

Her neighbor Paul Nguyen said every morning she yelled, “Hi, Paul!” across the street to him. The Aguilars say Grace “loved nature, loved God, and considered her parents her heroes.”

On a typically gorgeous Southern California Saturday afternoon Grace and her cousin were playing in the front yard of her family’s Fullerton home when Maximino Delgado Lagunas drunkenly drove his 1990 Toyota 4-Runner onto the sidewalk, plowing into Grace as her cousin stood nearby. Lagunas then kept driving, attempting to get away, before crashing into another car.

Emergency crews rushed Grace to the hospital, where she died shortly after arrival.

Lagunas, whose blood alcohol level was nearly three times the legal limit, is an illegal alien who has been deported twice and is a repeat DUI offender. When he was arrested for a DUI in neighboring Buena Park in 2015, authorities didn’t honor a detainer request, “instead placing him on informal probation and releasing him to the streets.”

He is one of the “hardworking immigrants” Kevin de Leon, Xavier Becerra, and Jerry Brown were talking about earlier this week, a drunkard who committed federal crimes by re-entering the country post deportation, and whose rights are apparently more valuable to California’s rogue politicians than Grace’s, or Angela’s, or Jesus’s.

Meanwhile, the Aguilars are coping with the devastating loss of their daughter. Angela said:

“I don’t know how he didn’t think about other people, or be more responsible for what he was doing. How could he be so careless?”

Jesus wants to make sure there is justice for his daughter.

“I would like this man to pay for what he did. He took away from me the best thing I had in life.”

Delgado signed what’s known as a Watson Advisement after his 2015 DUI conviction, informing him that if he drove drunk in the future and killed someone he could be charged with second degree murder. Orange County officials charged him with that offense Feb. 21, and he’s being held on a $2 million bond.

Angela is left only with memories of her daughter, including her laugh. “She had this beautiful laugh. I still hear it in my head every day.”

Because we know politicians like Jerry Brown, Xavier Becerra, Kamala Harris, and Kevin de Leon will continue to prioritize criminal illegal aliens over citizens and legal immigrants, we must push for an amendment to California’s constitution which would prohibit the state from interfering with immigration enforcement in California. Our proposal will be announced in the coming days, and we will need your support. Donate here, and please share with this information with your friends.

LISTEN: Don Rosenberg on McIntyre in the Morning, March 8

Don Rosenberg appeared on the McIntyre in the Morning radio show on Thursday, March 8 to discuss the federal lawsuit filed this week against California’s sanctuary state laws.

Don told Doug that the Democrat politicians in the state have “sold out law-abiding citizens and legal residents for votes….They just look at someone like my son as collateral damage.”

Doug replied that to the Democrat politicians, Drew’s story is just an “anecdote.” All of the Californians killed by illegal aliens are anecdotes. “How many people have to die before it becomes data?” Doug asked.

Don’s reply:

“It’s not how many; it’s who. It becomes more meaningful when it’s one of theirs. And, I don’t say this in a mean way, but unfortunately it hasn’t happened to one of them. And when it does, all of a sudden you’ll have a different tone by some of those people. They’re not willing to acknowledge publicly that anyone’s been seriously harmed.”

Don reiterated Fight Sanctuary State’s support of the federal lawsuit but cautioned that unless there is a mechanism put in place, like the proposed California constitutional amendment FSS will soon be filing, these rogue politicians will continue to prioritize illegal aliens over law-abiding citizens and legal immigrants.

Listen to the interview below.

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