California is no friend to President Trump’s immigration policies. Cities within the state have been providing sanctuary status to illegal immigrants, even those convicted of criminal behavior.
As part of California’s ongoing effort to become a sanctuary state, state lawmakers have created a bill that opposes federal immigration law and impedes law enforcement from enforcing immigration policies. This is California’s way of rejecting President Trump’s constitutional authority and creating their own laws to follow. (via Courthouse News)
The bill, called the “California Values Act,” would impede Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) from deporting illegal immigrants before they’ve served their time in jail. The law currently prescribes that illegal immigrants convicted of a crime are the be reported to ICE after they are sentenced and returned to their home country.
If the California Values Act is passed, these criminals will be kept in U.S. prisons, creating a needless drain on taxpayer dollars. It will also allow California to withhold information on whether the prisoner is here legally or not based on whether it believes the crimes committed were serious enough to warrant deportation.
Kevin de Leon, a Democrat serving in the state senate, said his bill is necessary to keep their communities safe from “the reckless Trump administration,” and that, “ICE is out to arrest and deport honest, hark-working parents who obey the laws and pay their taxes and owe allegiance to the red, white and blue.” (via Courthouse News)
He claims the bill “is not about safeguarding criminals,” and that it focuses on “arresting dangerous criminals, prosecuting them and imprisoning them, not engaging in criminal dumping and letting them avoid prosecution.” This is a reference to the claim that when an illegal immigrant is arrested for committing crimes and deported before serving time, they are likely to return to the U.S. and continue their criminal behavior. The bill is intended to help prevent that from happening as it requires the criminals to serve their full sentence.
But the serious flaw of this bill is its definition of a serious crime. In May, ICE arrested 188 illegal immigrants in Los Angeles, many of whom had ties to MS-13, a violent prison gang from El Salvador. The majority of them had criminal records covering the spectrum of violent crimes — from drug trafficking to prostitution, and minor offenses.
In theory, under this bill an illegal immigrant could be arrested for committing a crime in the U.S., serve his time and continue living here without ever being reported to ICE because his crime wasn’t deemed serious enough by California. Considering California is in the business of doing whatever it takes to avoid enforcing federal immigration law, how can it be trusted with this kind of power? How can California justify less serious crimes committed by individuals that are here illegally in the first place?
There are countless examples of immigrants who provide a lot of good for our country. Many work hard to provide for their families, obtain citizenship legally and become thriving members of the U.S. But there are many instances where this is not the case, especially where illegal immigration is concerned. The criminal correlation cannot be ignored, and it’s foolish to turn a blind eye to the drain on taxpayer dollars and overburdening of our prison system that occurs.
Let’s try this idea: the criminals should be removed from our country and those who wish to be here for the right reasons need to be properly documented if they want to stay. It’s that simple.