FAIR: It's time for civil disobedience against 'sanctuary' policy

Thursday, March 14, 2019
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Chad Groening (OneNewsNow.com)

California sanctuary stateAn immigration enforcement advocacy organization finds it difficult to understand why the citizens of California continue to elect politicians who protect illegal immigrants who commit serious crimes like murder.

Authorities in Northern California are criticizing "sanctuary" policies they say prevented federal authorities from detaining a gang member in the country illegally before he allegedly killed a woman inside her home. An Associated Press report quotes the chief of police in San Jose saying Carlos Eduardo Arevalo Carranza stalked Bambi Larson's neighborhood before allegedly beating and stabbing her to death. Immigration and Customs Enforcement had previously asked to take custody of Carranza six times – four times in Santa Clara County and two times in Los Angeles County.

The Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR) has argued for years that sanctuary policy is bad public policy.

Mehlman

"Clearly there is no constituency for putting violent criminals back on the street, and yet they keep electing public officials who enact precisely those sorts of policies," says FAIR spokesman Ira Mehlman. "So, it's hard to explain the collective mind of that many people.

"But the fact of the matter is these policies are dangerous," he continues. "There is empirical evidence that it costs people their lives."

In October 2017, then-Governor Jerry Brown signed into law Senate Bill 54, which effectively made the Golden State a "sanctuary state" legalizing and standardizing statewide non-cooperation policies between California law enforcement agencies and federal immigration authorities.

It's clear to Mehlman that Congress is failing to do anything to hold sanctuary entities accountable for not complying with federal authorities. That's why he suggests authorities in California who object to the sanctuary law consider a little civil disobedience.

"[They can say] We understand what SB 54 says, but we have an obligation to protect public safety and the people in our communities – and if the State of California wants to come after us, well then so be it. We'll take our chances," the FAIR spokesman suggests.

It also wouldn't hurt, he says, if citizens of California with "integrity and courage" would stand up and express their displeasure over their state's sanctuary policy.

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