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.”

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.”

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.

Even the LA Times Editorial Board Disagrees with Lawbreaking Oakland Mayor

Sanctuary-loving politicians usually get a lot of love from the LA Times, but it seems that Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf crossed the line with her warnings of ICE raids last week.

The headline of an op-ed by the LA Times Editorial Board (by the board itself, not an op-ed submitted by a random contributor) published March 3 blared:

“It’s one thing to oppose Trump’s policies. It’s another to undercut the law”

Wow.

Her heart may have been in the right place in seeking to warn those at risk of incarceration and possible deportation. But some of those targeted by ICE agents could very well have been people with violent criminal pasts who can make no legitimate argument for avoiding deportation. And regardless, tipping off her community that immigration officers were about to enforce duly adopted federal immigration laws crosses a line that ought not to be crossed.

State and local officials often justify their pro-Sanctuary beliefs by saying immigration laws are federal laws they shouldn’t bear the burden of enforcing. True enough, says the LA Times editorial board. But that doesn’t mean you actively help the lawbreakers!

[I]f we want people to engage with the legal system, trying to subvert lawful enforcement of immigration codes sends the opposite message. Local subversion of federal rules would be justified in only the most dire circumstances.

And the circumstances illegal immigrants in Schaaf’s jurisdiction find themselves in are not the “most dire,” even if they don’t fit her preferred political mode.

But the federal immigration codes the resisters oppose aren’t inherently inhumane or morally repugnant, despite the Trump administration’s enforcement policies. Nations have a right to protect their borders and set rules about who may come into the country.

If you really believe in your cause, Mayor, fight for it with “every legal tool” you have, but don’t cross the line.

By all means, fight Trump at the polls and in the courts with every legal tool at hand, but to advocate disobeying properly enacted laws and regulations is more likely to make the situation worse than better.

When even the LA Times editorial board says you’ve crossed a line, you’ve really crossed it.

Of course, we believe the mayor has engaged in criminal activity of harboring illegal aliens and obstructing justice with her “warning.” She should be charged with those crimes.

ICE Arrests Over 150 Illegal Aliens in NorCal Despite Oakland Mayor’s Lawless Actions

Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf’s illegal and dangerous warning to illegal aliens of an impending ICE raid apparently didn’t get through to everyone she was attempting to “protect.”

On Tuesday Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) announced they’d arrested over 150 people in Northern California since Sunday for violating federal immigration law. Unfortunately Schaaf wasn’t one of them.

ICE Director Thomas Honan was not pleased with Schaaf’s “public safety” announcement, saying it was done at the expense of public safety – and at the expense of ICE officers, who were forced to apprehend their targets in a more dangerous situation.

“[Schaaf’s announcement] further increased that risk for my officers and alerted criminal aliens — making clear that this reckless decision was based on her political agenda with the very federal laws that ICE is sworn to uphold.”

“Thanks to the dedicated and professional work of ICE deportation officers, we were able to remove many public safety threats from the streets of the Bay Area during the past few days.”

“However, 864 criminal aliens and public safety threats remain at large in the community, and I have to believe that some of them were able to elude us thanks to the mayor’s irresponsible decision. Unlike the politicians who attempt to undermine ICE’s critical mission, our officers will continue to fulfill their sworn duty to protect public safety.”

One of the criminal illegal aliens ICE apprehended was Armando Nunez-Salgado, who seems to be a pillar of the community:


Salgado’s criminal career goes back 18 years, to when he was just 20 years old. He’s a documented gang member who has been sentenced to a total of 15 years in prison over that time span and has been removed by ICE four times. Of those criminal illegal aliens who remain at large, at least two of them have been removed by ICE eight times. Others listed in an NBC story have been removed by ICE multiple times.

Deportation is necessary, but without real border security (like a wall) they will shamelessly keep coming back.

Hot Air: Oakland’s Mayor Committed a Felony by Warning That ICE Was Coming

Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf not only put law-abiding families at risk by warning illegal aliens of an impending ICE raid; she committed a felony as well.

Her “public safety warning” over the weekend was intended to help “protect the residents,” she claimed. But, like all officials who support sanctuary so-called laws, the residents she’s looking out for are the ones who aren’t supposed to be there at all.

My priority is to keep the community safe. It is not my wish to panic people, but to ensure that they’re prepared with information. I feel confident that my sharing this information, because I Did not receive it through official channels,

Jazz Shaw at Hot Air writes that Schaaf is in violation of federal law with her warning:

Here’s the thing. When you’re an elected official and you warn people about a flu epidemic, a wildfire approaching the city or a water main break, you’re responsibly protecting your residents. When you warn a criminal that law enforcement is coming for them you’re engaged in something known as “harboring.” (Specifically, to clandestinely shelter, succor, and protect improperly admitted Aliens.)

He cites Section 8 of the U.S. Code, which is “embedded in federal law and has been for as long as anyone reading this has been alive.”

8 U.S. Code § 1324 (a) (1) (A) (iii)

Any person who, knowing or in reckless disregard of the fact that an alien has come to, entered, or remains in the United States in violation of law, conceals, harbors, or shields from detection, or attempts to conceal, harbor, or shield from detection, such alien in any place, including any building or any means of transportation shall be punished as provided in subparagraph (B).

8 U.S. Code § 1324 (a) (1) (B) (ii)

A person who violates subparagraph (A) shall, for each alien in respect to whom such a violation occurs in the case of a violation of subparagraph (A)(ii), (iii), (iv), or (v)(II), be fined under title 18, imprisoned not more than 5 years, or both.

Elected officials such as Schaaf need to be held accountable for their lawless actions!