Editorial

This Is No American Sheriff

(sfsheriff.com)

This Is No American Sheriff

This is no American sheriff. The liberal bastion that is San Francisco has infiltrated law enforcement so deeply that a sheriff is now apologizing on behalf of her staff because they allowed ICE agents access to inmates.

The apology is simply appalling.

ICE agents managed to interview an inmate in a San Francisco jail earlier this month, in what the sanctuary city’s sheriff is calling a deliberate effort by the feds to find “weak points” in her department’s pro-illegal immigrant policies and state laws.

This courtesy is so routine in law enforcement practice that it is unimaginable that a sheriff would create policies that hinder the work of another agency.

In a separate snafu, police said, ICE agents were granted an interview room with an inmate in another jail, but that inmate declined to speak with the agents.

Jail officials apparently violated both departmental policy and California law by accommodating the agents, authorities said Monday.

It’s only a violation of law because Gov. Brown recently made it that way. Moreover, the motivation behind political advocacy favoring illegal immigration is to import an electorate and expand power. To claim “compassion for the oppressed” is simply being disingenuous.

“My staff made a mistake and I have to hold myself accountable,” San Francisco Sheriff Vicki Hennessy told The San Francisco Chronicle. “I apologize on behalf of the department. I feel embarrassed by it. I’ve taken steps to make sure it never happens again.”

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Sheriff Vicki Hennessy instituted policies hindering federal authorities. (sfsheriff.com)

Really? You’re embarrassed? Wow, the office of sheriff has dramatically changed. It’s one thing to fail to assist brothers and sisters in arms, but to actively roadblock their attempts to enforce federal law should be criminal.

Nevertheless, Hennessy has demonstrated that she is “in for a penny, in for a pound” as a political activist in the office of sheriff. She said federal immigration authorities, who arrested 232 in a sweeping Bay Area immigration crackdown just weeks ago, knew what they were doing.

Officials said that of the 232 people arrested, 180 of them “were either convicted criminals, had been issued a final order of removal and failed to depart the United States, or had been previously removed” from the country and came back illegally.

Another 115 “had prior felony convictions for serious or violent offenses, such as child sex crimes, weapons charges and assault, or had past convictions for significant or multiple misdemeanors.”

So let’s be clear, these are the kind of people being protected by Hennessy along with other Democrat politicians.

ICE was “testing our defenses and they found some weak points,” the sheriff told the Chronicle.

California state law mandates that inmates receive a consent form prior to interviewing with ICE agents, and San Francisco police policy goes a step further by banning ICE agents from having any access to inmates, the paper reported.

Imagine that! A consent form? What will the obstructionists devise next?

Officials reportedly did not provide a consent form to the inmate they managed to interview.

“How sheriff’s deputies are not aware of our sanctuary policies is quite frankly beyond me,” city public defender Jeff Adachi told the Chronicle.

This is so absurd it should be a joke, but it’s not. It’s now the world in which we live. And it’s not isolated to San Francisco. There are several pockets throughout the country where county sheriffs have made similar declarations and policies. It doesn’t seem right to refer to people exercising anti-law enforcement politics as “Sheriff.”

Jail officials reportedly turned the ICE agents away when they attempted to return, according to local reports.

News of the jailhouse episode comes amid a bitter legal and political feud between California and the federal government over immigration policy.

On more than 200 occasions already this year, ICE has requested that California hold or surrender illegal immigrant inmates, the Chronicle reported. The state has not acted on any of these requests.

So in essence they are forcing ICE agents into immigrant neighborhoods to make arrests, exactly what local governing authorities abhor. Yet that is the reality of these ridiculous policies. As a result, the climate will become more dangerous for ICE agents and illegal immigrants alike when federal authorities are forced to search for wanted subjects by going door-to-door.

And may the Lord have mercy on the local cop who finds himself/herself needing to assist a federal agent in the field. If Gov. Brown has his way that officer will be criminally prosecuted for violating their new state law. There will surely be legal fireworks when that occurs . . . and it’s just a matter of time!

Last week, the Justice Department announced it is suing California for impermissibly interfering with federal immigration authority, in violation of the Constitution’s Supremacy Clause.

“California is using every power it has, and some it does not, to frustrate federal law enforcement,” Attorney General Jeff Sessions said. “So you can be sure I’m going to use every power I have to stop them.”

Good luck Mr. Attorney General!

– Jim McNeff, editor-in-chief, Law Enforcement Today

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Jim McNeff

Jim McNeff worked in military and civilian law enforcement for 31 years. He retired as a police lieutenant with the Fountain Valley Police Department in Orange County, California. He currently serves as the editor-in-chief with Law Enforcement Today. Jim holds a Bachelor of Science degree in criminal justice from Southwest University and graduated from the Sherman Block Supervisory Leadership Institute as well as the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) course, Leadership in Police Organizations. He authored "The Spirit behind Badge 145" and "Justice Revealed." He is married and has three adult children and three grandchildren. You can contact him at jrmcneff@gmail.com or view his website www.badge145.com. You can also follow him on Facebook at "Badge 145 - Trending Truth" or Twitter @jimmcneff.

Yep, time to evict CA FrOM THE US; they are no longer Americans! We should not be supporting them in any way!

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