Here's another preventable murder courtesy of our broken immigration system, folks.
Police arrested a gang member and illegal immigrant with a long history of violent crimes for the death of a California mom.
ICE wanted to arrest this man, but law enforcement officials in California said no because Santa Clara County is a "sanctuary city".
Imagine living in a community that protects violent criminals from law enforcement.
On Tuesday, San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo blasted the county’s policy of not honoring federal immigration detention orders at the jail, saying it “undermines public safety and violates common sense.”
San Jose police Chief Eddie Garcia joined with Liccardo and Sheriff Laurie Smith in criticizing the policy. At a news conference, Garcia said he was well aware of the ways in which the case probably would be politicized amid a heated national debate over immigration and local sanctuary” policies meant to protect undocumented residents from federal authorities.
But, Garcia said, there was a distinction between protecting and embracing “otherwise law-abiding undocumented residents” and policies that he said “shield admitted gangsters or violent criminals.”
“When we have violent or serious offenders that are preying on our community, we must have the ability to protect our residents,” Garcia said.
Dave Cortese, a member of the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors that set the policy, said in a statement that the county cannot legally hold undocumented individuals for U.S. Immigration Customs and Enforcement without a warrant or a judicial order unless they have been charged with a crime or a judge orders their detention.
“This was adjudicated by the federal courts at the highest level,” said Cortese, referring to the county’s 2017 lawsuit against President Donald Trump challenging an executive order that cut off federal funding to jurisdictions with sanctuary policies. “Incidentally, the mayor and San Jose City Council supported our position by filing amicus briefs with the courts. If ICE wants a hold or interview or custody they simply need a warrant. Otherwise we cannot jail somebody without current criminal charges pending.”
Police arrested 24-year-old Carlos Eduardo Arevalo-Carranza on Monday in the killing of 59-year-old Bambi Larson, who was found dead in her home on Knollfield Way on the afternoon of Feb. 28.
Another preventable murder. Thanks, Democrats.