Fight Sanctuary State Announces California Ballot Initiative to Repeal Sanctuary Laws

Fight Sanctuary State co-founder Don Rosenberg announced the group’s proposed ballot initiative on “Fox and Friends” Wednesday morning.

Many Californians are justifiably outraged by Sanctuary State laws and have focused on repealing SB 54 and AB 450. Our proposed initiative would accomplish this. But simply repealing those two laws will not fully address the scope of the problems Californians face as a result of mass, unchecked illegal immigration. Long before SB 54, “sanctuary” jurisdictions in California have obstructed federal immigration enforcement, and with each legislative session illegal aliens are given more privileges by state lawmakers. These laws and policies must also be rolled back – and prohibited in the future.

Without laws on the books tying their hands – and criminalizing their obstructive behavior – politicians like Kevin de Leon, Jerry Brown, and Libby Schaaf will continue to prioritize illegal alien criminals and penalize law-abiding citizens and legal residents.

Schaaf, de Leon, and Brown claim SB 54 is needed to protect otherwise law-abiding illegal aliens who are victims of crime from being deported should they report a crime or serve as a witness. They claim that “dangerous” criminals will still be turned over to ICE, and that sanctuary cities are safe cities. Each one of those claims is a flat-out lie, and they know it.

Here are the facts Schaaf, de Leon, and Brown are hiding.

FACT: SB 54 does not contain any provision protecting otherwise “law-abiding” illegal aliens. SB 54 orders state and local law enforcement authorities to halt any cooperation with ICE or the Border Patrol – even simply sharing inmate release dates. SB 54 actually harms otherwise “law-abiding” illegal aliens by forcing ICE agents to apprehend criminal illegal aliens in the community instead of at a secure location like a jail.

FACT: As of January 1, 2018 thousands of “dangerous” criminals have been released to the streets instead of being turned over to ICE. Perhaps Schaaf, de Leon and Brown have a different definition of “dangerous” than we do, but we believe most Californians want drug dealers, drunk drivers, and sex offenders turned over to ICE and not set free. In Orange County alone, more than 240 criminals have been released back into the community instead of being sent to ICE.

FACT: The California cities which have embraced sanctuary policies for decades have the highest crime rates and highest rates of homelessness in the state. Immigrant neighborhoods in those cities are not any safer, in part because those are the neighborhoods to which illegal alien criminals return when they are released from county jails.

FACT: Because of Sanctuary State laws, innocent, law-abiding citizens and legal residents of California are being killed, raped, assaulted, and burglarized by illegal alien criminals who would not have been in a position to harm them otherwise. In February 2018, six-year-old Grace Aguilar was killed by a drunk driver who had previously been convicted of DUI – and who had been deported twice. He was not detained for ICE after his 2015 DUI conviction. In January, an illegal alien who had obtained a driver’s license and was driving for Uber was arrested for raping four college students.

Despite the facts, these politicians continue to lie to the people of California and smile as they go out of their way to subvert the work of federal immigration officers. California Attorney General Xavier Becerra is more motivated to attack AG Sessions, President Trump, and California employers than to rid the state of illegal alien felons.

For some reason our state’s leaders are hellbent on protecting illegal alien criminals instead of performing their sworn duties.

We’ve had enough.

Our ballot initiative, if passed, will:

  • Delete CA Government Code Sections 7284 through 7284.12, 7285, 7285.1, 7285.2, and Labor Code Sections 90.2 and 1019.2 (SB 54 and AB 450),
  • Require that state and local law enforcement notify federal immigration authorities when they have an illegal alien in custody,
  • Require that state and local law enforcement agencies fully cooperate with federal immigration authorities and honor detainer requests,
  • Impose criminal penalties and fines on government officials, government employees, and government agencies who obstruct federal immigration enforcement,
  • Prohibit the DMV from issuing new drivers licenses to illegal aliens, and make any drivers licenses currently held by illegal aliens non-renewable,
  • Require that voters provide documentation proving United States citizenship when registering to vote or before voting the first time, and
  • Require that county election boards retain such documentation for four years.

Fight Sanctuary State co-founder Agnes Gibboney remarked, “My son, Ronald, was murdered by a previously-deported illegal alien who is a gang member. His murderer is scheduled to be released sometime in 2020. Because of the Sanctuary State laws, I’ve been told that I will need an order from a federal judge for ICE to pick him up at the end of his sentence. Otherwise, he will be released to the streets. It’s time that these dangerous laws are done away with and that Californians are protected, not illegal aliens.”

Don Rosenberg, a Fight Sanctuary State co-founder whose son Drew was killed by an illegal alien criminal, said, “Most Californians would be horrified to realize the full impact of illegal alien crime in our state. Sanctuary policies kill our children and kill our dreams. I’ve been advocating for changes to our laws since my son’s death, and California’s leaders still don’t get it. Since they won’t take steps to put Californians first, the voters will do it for them.”

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

Don Rosenberg Speaks Out Against Sanctuary at Santa Clarita City Council

Fight Sanctuary State co-founder Don Rosenberg gave an emotional speech to the Santa Clarita City Council, urging them to vote to opt out of compliance with SB54. At the end of his remarks the audience gave him a standing ovation.

As a result of his remarks, Don was invited to appear on Fox & Friends to discuss Drew’s case and the ballot initiative he filed, the Children, Family & Community Protection Act.

HELP US get the Children, Family & Community Protection Act (which KILLS the Sanctuary State) on the ballot!