LOS ANGELES, CA – On Thursday the 24th, the United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency issued a press release to raise awareness of the danger posed by California’s “sanctuary state” policies.
According to the release, state and local policies in California have resulted in the release of dangerous criminal aliens to the streets. The criminals in question have been convicted of felonies including homicide, kidnapping, rape, child molestation, battery, robbery, and terroristic threats.
The Los Angeles Times doesn’t think the problem is that bad.
In an article published in 2018, they argue that the California Values Act (SB 54), also known as the Sanctuary State law, does not cause criminal aliens to be released into the population.
On the contrary, it specifically prevents that from happening by exempting certain illegal aliens from protection if they have been charged with, or been found guilty of, any of a long list of felony crimes.
The American Civil Liberties Union has an information page on their local southern California website. It is helpfully available in English and Spanish. The page doesn’t say that SB 54 will allow criminal aliens to escape jail and deportation. Instead, it tells them how they can use SB 54 to accomplish it for themselves.
The ACLU page is directed at criminal aliens. There are quite a few “rights” that come with SB 54 protection, all of which treat illegal entry into the United States as a non-crime. “Therefore”, the law seems to say, “law enforcement resources cannot be used in any way to assist ICE in the furtherance of their duties.”
To understand the details of SB 54 better, the Immigration Legal Resource Center (ILRC) explains how SB 54 can be used by criminal defense attorneys to protect their criminal alien clients from lawful attention from ICE.
In their overview, they state that SB 54 is designed to “curtail the role of state and local police agencies in federal immigration enforcement”.
Later paragraphs make it clear that SB 54 absolutely prohibits cooperation between law enforcement and ICE officials in most circumstances.
There are a few exceptions where local law enforcement may cooperate with ICE by retaining custody of the alien, or providing information on release dates, providing the alien has been found guilty of felony crimes.
However, there is a huge exception to this: SB54 is the governing law in the state of California unless local statutes offer more protection to criminal aliens than SB 54. In those jurisdictions, such as Santa Clara and San Francisco, local laws govern.
In those places, and they are two of the largest counties in the state of California, criminal aliens may find themselves totally immune from ICE attention due to an absolute prohibition against law enforcement cooperation with ICE.
The LA Times reading of the law conveniently overlooks some of the glaring loopholes within SB 54 (such as San Francisco) to imply that it “does not allow the release of dangerous criminals to the streets.” They seem to think that dangerous criminals who must be released from jail are no longer dangerous criminals or of interest to law enforcement or ICE simply because they’ve been released.
The LA Times understanding of SB 54 is superficial.
We know this because the ICE press release details many criminal aliens who have committed serious felonies and been “released to the streets” where they reoffended. Maybe they are all from San Francisco and Santa Clara?
Regardless, the people are not made safer when the following people are released from police custody directly to the street:
–a 40-year-old illegal alien from El Salvador was released back into the community on August 26 after having been convicted of homicide, robbery, and terrorist threats.
–a 34-year-old illegal alien from Mexico who was released on August 23 by the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Office after having been charged for allegedly molesting a child, as well as for lewd and lascivious acts.
— a 55-year-old illegal alien from Honduras was released last month after having been previously deported following charges that he had sex with a minor.
And many more.
How many more?
ICE official Timothy Robbins testified before congress that prior to the state’s sanctuary laws, LA County police turned over between 75-100 criminal illegal aliens every day. Now, the number is “almost zero”. That is quite a change, and it only represents one city.
Maybe the citizens of Los Angeles and other parts of California don’t mind having that many criminals released to circulate among them as they seek out new victims. It wouldn’t be a complete surprise, however, if some residents did object.
Federal immigration laws are enacted to protect the constitutional rights of United States citizens. If a state enacts legislation designed to frustrate enforcement of immigration laws, they become more than just a “sanctuary” for illegal aliens.
They also become a gateway to the rest of the country because there are no intra-state immigration checkpoints. This means that California isn’t limiting the scope of their decisions to California. They are deciding for the nation as a whole, even for states that have explicitly rejected the idea of sanctuary cities and states, like Montana, Wyoming, North Dakota, and Texas.
Any criminal alien apprehended in the state of California and then released despite an ICE detainer, is free to travel to any other state in the country, even Montana, Wyoming, North Dakota, or Texas.
Instead of being deported to their home country, as ICE would do, America at large is treated to a crime wave instigated by faithless elected officials who assuage their collective consciences by endangering not only themselves, but the rest of the country as well.
If California can vote to release murderers to the street by refusing to turn them over to ICE, can Texans vote California officials out of office? What about Nevada? Could Nevadans vote to create a huge aqueduct on the border with California that would redirect water to their own state?
State’s may have sovereignty over some things but they definitely don’t have authority over others. For instance, they cannot mint their own currency.
Why then, are they allowed to release a plague of crime into their own state, thus creating the potential for overflow into other states?
Unless states can police their own borders, and do, they should not be allowed to pass sanctuary laws that cannot contain the effect to their own state.
The danger posed by SB 54 is so serious and suicidal that it reeks of a low-grade sci-fi thriller made in Hollywood. Maybe that’s what it is.
Maybe the lawmakers of California have so totally lost their grip on reality that they’ve decided to treat their state to some interesting plot twists.
At least that explanation has the benefit of being more logical than “protecting” the “innocent” by creating opportunities for violent criminals to prey on law-abiding citizens.
The collapse of law enforcement will usher in the end of America as we know it
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It’s something that you don’t really consider when you’re young. You can do anything. You’re invincible.
But as we grow older, we start considering that mortality.
It’s time we start considering the mortality of America.
I spend a substantial amount of time working in two different arenas – the world of law enforcement and the business world.
By day, I run a marketing agency. Among the areas we work in, we do extensive work in the firearms industry. My travels take me across the country – often to some of the most rural parts of America.
By night, I am the National Spokesman for Law Enforcement Today. I’m not a police officer. I was tapped because I can do one thing cops can’t do. I can give them a voice. I can run my mouth and no agency can fire me.
That travel that I referenced – both in the business world and supporting the LE world – has afforded me countless opportunities to work side by side with some of the greatest patriots in America. My closest friends are either in law enforcement or either active or retired members of some of the most elite military forces in America. And from our greatest warriors to our everyday citizens… I can tell you the underlying fear that so many are thinking about – and that’s the seemingly inevitable collapse of society if we don’t make some monumental changes.
As a Christian, I believe we are in the middle of some serious spiritual warfare. But you don’t have to be a Christian to understand that the very soul of America is under attack right now. And the rapid erosion of the Thin Blue Line has us sitting on a powder keg.
Historically, if you look at the collapse of some of the greatest empires in the world, it happened from within. Simply put, it raises the distinct danger that America won’t be conquered by foreign enemies … but rather from domestic ones.
When historians say that an empire fell, it means that the central state no longer exercised its broad power. That happens either because the state itself ceased to exist or because the state’s power was reduced as parts of the empire became independent of its control.
It typically doesn’t happen because of a single cause, but rather a long process. The main factors that historically lead to imperial collapse are:
- Economic issues
- Social and cultural issues
- Environmental issues
- Political issues
Now none of these factors are causes in and of themselves, but rather are ways to categorize causes.
What that means is you wouldn’t make a determination that Rome fell because of politics, but rather you’d explore political factors to understand the collapse. And in those issues are warning signs for us as Americans.
That brings me to the threat we face today.
Have you ever heard of something called the Cloward-Piven strategy? It’s not exactly something the mainstream media talks about… but it’s something you need to be aware of, because it’s what we’re facing in America today.
American sociologists and political activists Richard Cloward and Frances Fox Piven created the political strategy in 1966. The idea behind it is to overload the U.S. public welfare system to create a crisis that would lead to a replacement of the welfare system with a socialist system of “a guaranteed annual income and thus an end to poverty”.
If that doesn’t describe what we’re seeing from Democrats who are running for POTUS right now, I don’t know what does. But it’s a much bigger threat than you might realize. That’s because it’s so incredibly pervasive. It’s poisoning the very roots of America.
And it calls to mind the words of Jefferson:
“The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants. It is it’s natural manure.”
We are seeing groups here in America demanding open borders. Demanding the decriminalization of crossing into our country illegally.
At the same time, across our great country, we are seeing the CRIMINALIZATION of law enforcement. It’s gotten so bad in states like the People’s Republic of California and Connecticut that we’re seeing the crash and burn of morale in law enforcement.
We’re seeing agencies desperate for officers, because as more and more retire (or count down the minutes to retirement), we see a deficit in the number of incoming recruits. After all, why would you want to live a life of service when you’re just going to be attacked for that service?
We see political activists masquerading as police chiefs. We see them working hand in hand with liberal politicians to not only attack the rights of law-abiding citizens, but also to destroy the morale of their own departments. We watch as they flat out disrespect the oath of office they took and put officers in no-win situations.
If I were to design a road map for how to collapse America, starting with law enforcement, here’s what it would look like.
Step one: Divide the protectors.
The refusal to allow rank and file patrol officers to cooperate with federal law enforcement to uphold the law. It’s a slap in the face to Americans and it’s a dereliction of duty. It’s also a clear and intentional move to create a divide between local, state and federal law enforcement. Divide the protectors… conquer a society.
Step two: Divide the supporters.
Force officers to choose between enforcing unconstitutional legislation like Red Flag laws, which deny citizens of their right to due process… and providing for their own family.
Make cops the bad guys. Take the people who have historically supported law enforcement and convince them that cops are now the enemy. Divide the supporters… conquer a society.
Step three: Remove their protection
Make cops afraid to be cops. Encourage disrespect on them like water bucket attacks. Don’t go after the criminals who attack them. When officers arrest criminals, let them back out on the street within hours because a liberal judge determined that the violent suspect with a lengthy criminal history isn’t actually a threat. Then threaten law enforcement officers that if they do their job, they’ll be investigated. That if they have to fight for their lives, they’ll end up being charged. Remove both their desire and their ability to police.
Step four: Flood America
By some estimates, one million people will make illegal entry into America this year.
There are fewer than 850,000 law enforcement officers in America. Do the math.
Now let criminals create havoc in society but instead of deporting them or actually cracking down on crime, let Americans know that the real problem is guns owned by law abiding citizens and pass legislation to take away their rights.
Step five: Destroy our homes
Own the media. Own Hollywood. Force feed Anti-American, socialist and communist policies into our homes and our education system. Convince our children that right is wrong and wrong is right. Take God out of society, destroy the family structure and teach everyone that the solution to your problems is in the form of pills, porn and the government.
Step Six: Bypass Congress for gun control
Have “private businesses” like Dicks and Walmart determine what you can and can’t buy. Allow Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Google, YouTube, LinkedIn and snap determine what you can see and what you can say… because it’s not a violation of the 1st Amendment if it’s done by private enterprise.
Step Seven: Use “social justice” to vilify love of country
Take every patriotic American who wants to see a better country for their children and call them a racist, etc. if you don’t agree with them. Then mass report them on social media to make sure their accounts are cancelled and their voices are shut down.
Then say you think they’re a threat and have a judge determine that combat veterans and our nation’s greatest warriors need to be disarmed because of post-traumatic stress. Then force officers to go to war with their own brothers and sisters.
It’s happening right in front of our eyes. And it’s starting with a full onslaught against our law enforcement officers in every way, shape and form.
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