Escondido, CA

Murder suspect’s arrest demonstrates hollowness of “Sanctuary State Law”


For those who cry for the need of “The Wall” and who decry the utter stupidity of the California Values Act, aka Senate Bill 54, the so-called “Sanctuary State Law,” the arrest for murder Saturday of an illegal alien who had been deported six times previously provides all the argument they need.

Common sense has run smack dab into the brick wall of wide-eye optimistic happy thoughts and political correctness run amuck in this law that actually prevents Escondido police from cooperating in many instances with immigration authorities, including the Border Patrol. 

The reason there is a need for Escondido police, and all other local police departments to be able to cooperate with ICE is that there are evil and dangerous people who are out there. We can’t afford to have a breakdown in communication between different levels of law enforcement.

However, our masters in Sacramento have different ideas and their Pollyannaish ideals and mindless kneejerk need to strike at President Trump wherever possible are directly responsible for blood on the streets, most recently on Saturday morning on Grand Avenue.

As Mayor Sam Abed said this week:   “Since January, and under the Sanctuary State law, the lack of cooperation between our police and ICE would make it much harder to continue to deport criminals like him. The Sanctuary State law is a public safety threat to our city and state.”

President Trump has gotten a lot of grief and accusations of racism for his verbal attacks against the MS 13 gang members who came from El Salvador to seek freedom and people to kill and mutilate innocent people with their machetes. Yet he is correct to call for policies that prevent such people from coming into the country.

Racism is the go-to word for people who have no legitimate answer to those who demand that a nation with a border clearly delineated on the map take actions to draw that border in something less esoteric and more concrete.

The California Values Act should be repealed, or barring that, held to be unconstitutional by a federal judge.

Escondido and California residents have a right to feel safe and secure in their homes.

*Note: Opinions expressed by columnists and letter writers are those of the writers and not necessarily those of the newspaper.

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