California’s notorious “sanctuary” laws, imposed to protect illegal immigrants from law enforcement, have claimed another victim. True, this time it was a violent illegal with a long criminal record, but that doesn’t change the facts — a man is dead because virtue-signaling California politicians put ideology before public safety. This time, a criminal died at the hands of the police. In the past, innocent Americans have been killed by illegals. How many more deaths will it take before California realizes the lethal stupidity of sanctuary laws?
Under California’s so-called “sanctuary” laws, it’s illegal for state or local law enforcement to cooperate with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). The state has had sanctuary laws since 2013, and they were updated in 2017 in response to President Trump’s increased efforts to control illegal immigration.
- The law prevents law enforcement from detaining illegal aliens who are eligible for deportation by ICE unless they’ve been convicted of serious or violent felonies. It effectively decriminalizes entering California illegally.
- Illegals who have been deported from the country multiple times now have virtual immunity under the law. For example, Mexican citizen Hernando Morales was deported from the US twice in 2007 and again in 2010. Each time he just came back — and, since 2013, has had immunity as long as he stayed in the “sanctuary” state of California.
- Between 2014 and 2016, Morales ended up in Napa County Jail at least four times, charged with battery of a peace officer, DUI, selling liquor to a minor and probation violations. Each time, ICE lodged a detainer with the jail. A fifth detainer was sent to Sonoma County Jail in 2016 when Morales was locked up there.
- Thanks to the sanctuary law, not one detainer was honored. Staff simply let Morales go, and of course, he kept right on living illegally in California.
- Last Sunday, Morales was pulled over in a routine traffic stop in Napa County. The 48-year-old then tried to shoot County Sheriff’s Deputy Riley Jarecki. Fortunately, Jarecki was able to return fire, killing Morales.
- ICE released a scathing statement Sunday night, pinning the blame for the lethal shooting squarely on former governor Jerry Brown and the left-wing politicians who imposed this misguided law. “This incident may have been prevented if ICE had been notified about any of the multiple times Hernandez-Morales was released from local custody over the last few years. This is an impactful, scary example of how public safety is affected by laws or policies limiting local law enforcement agencies’ ability to cooperate with ICE,” the agency said.
- Napa County politicians insisted last week that they will continue to comply with state law, even when it lets dangerous criminals like Morales roam free. The rest of us will simply continue to pay the price of putting the interests of dangerous illegals over the rights of law-abiding citizens.