A government watchdog that pursues politicians is going after another “sanctuary city” in California.
Judicial Watch has filed a lawsuit in Santa Clara County on behalf of a resident angered that the local government shielded illegal alien Carlos Arevalo-Carranza, who is charged with murdering a woman in her home.
According to The Associated Press, Arevalo-Carranza is a gang member from El Salvador and is living in the United States illegally. Despite a criminal record dating back five years, he was arrested in January, then released, on a charge of possession of meth and drug paraphernalia despite being on probation for similar drug charges and burglary.
A month after his release, the criminal gang member allegedly stabbed Bambi Larson, 54, to death in her home.
“It was a pretty vicious, monstrous murder,” says Judicial Watch spokesman Chris Farrell.
Santa Clara County requires Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents to obtain a "judicial arrest warrant" in order for the county to transfer custody of an alien. Federal law, however, does not require such a warrant for federal authorities to detain aliens, especially for those who had been incarcerated or arrested by local authorities.
If the local authorities had cooperated with ICE, and Arevalo-Carranza had been deported, Larson would still be alive today, Farrell tells OneNewsNow.
Meanwhile, the Santa Clara Board of Supervisors voted 5-0 in June to maintain its policy despite Larson’s death and despite public demand for local authorities to hold illegal aliens for ICE agents.
“The crazy policy they came up with has got to be rescinded,” says Farrell. “There's a flood of crime victims out there who watch this stuff go on and shake their head because they can't understand how the criminals get these super-duper rights over and above what an American citizen gets."
Judicial Watch is also pursuing a lawsuit against San Francisco's illegal immigrant sanctuary policy. A trial is scheduled for 2020.