A public interest group that pushes for tougher immigration
enforcement is urging California's governor to veto a controversial
bill that would allow illegal alien felons to be released back onto
the streets, rather than deported.
Ira Mehlman, a spokesman for the Federation for
American Immigration Reform (FAIR), explains that in late
August, the California Legislature passed Assembly Bill 1081, also
known as the "Trust Act," which has been sent to Gov. Jerry Brown
(D) for consideration.
"The Trust Act would require
that law enforcement all across California release illegal criminal
aliens that they have picked up for other offenses back onto the
streets, rather than honor detainer requests from the Immigration
and Customs Enforcement (ICE) bureau, unless the person that
they're asking to detain is somebody who has a very serious
criminal offense on his or her record," Mehlman details.
He says law enforcement agencies are almost universally calling
for the governor to veto AB 1081.
"California sheriffs have come out very strongly against it,"
the FAIR spokesman reports. "Even Sheriff Lee Baca in Los Angeles
County, which is notorious for being soft on illegal immigration --
even he has said this goes too far."
If Brown does not veto the bill by Sunday, September 30, it
automatically goes into effect.
"We also have to remember that these days under the current
administration, ICE is only asking for detainers against people
they consider to be a threat to American society," Mehlman notes.
"So, if ICE is asking that law enforcement hold these people, you
can bet that these are people who shouldn't be here."
Mehlman hopes citizens will contact Gov. Brown and urge him to
veto AB 1081.