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.”