The following is a ground-breaking article published in the San Diego Union Tribune, January 22, 2017, “Restricting Law Enforcement Risks Public Safety” by Ted Hilton. You are reading now what was read by tens of thousands, and which is being distributed to the Trump leaders in Washington, D.C. The research was very extensive to discover these facts which the media is hiding from the public.President Trump has informed the American people that an immediate priority for his administration will be to require sanctuary cities to cooperate with federal laws. An estimated 650 criminal offenders are released onto California’s street every month in violation of the transfer request into federal custody. California denies almost two-thirds of the nation’s rejected alien detainer requests.
To defer sanctuary jurisdictions from harboring convicted criminals, the Trump Administration should require Immigration, Customs and Enforcement, ICE, to publish a weekly report of all released criminal aliens that will be a public record.
There are crucial reasons for state and local governments to allow law enforcement to fully cooperate with federal law. Sanctuary cities are magnets for previously deported aliens, gangs, drug traffickers and other alien criminals who increase the crime rate. An October, 2014 report from ICE that was made public in 2015 detailed 276 sanctuary cities that released 8,145 illegal migrants of whom 1,867 were later arrested 4,298 times with multiple violations amounting to 7,491 charges. Illegal migrants are 3.5% of the U.S. population but the 37.6% of federal sentences and 13.6% of all offenders sentenced for crimes nationwide. The undocumented comprise 12% of murder sentences, 20% of kidnapping sentences and 16% of drug trafficking sentences. Unauthorized migrants are 7% of the California population but over 12% of the state prison population.
Our laws cannot be left unenforced because someone here illegally fears reporting a crime. Peace officers generally do not require crime victims to provide an immigration status. All law enforcement officers have an absolute right to inquire of any person’s immigration status at their discretion. It is unfathomable that sanctuary ordinances restrict law enforcement from this right given it was unanimously affirmed by the United States Supreme Court in Mueher v Mena. Also, all local and state governments are required by federal law to share an immigration status with federal authorities pursuant 8 United States Code 1373.
The IGS-UC Berkeley poll shows that 74% of Californians want sanctuary cities ended. 65% of Hispanics, 70% of independents, 73% of Democrats and 82% of Republicans. Recognizing strong public concern, California’s law enforcement organizations should speak out against being restricted from cooperating with federal authorities and demand compliance to make our communities safer.
Ignoring public safety, several California legislators are preparing to introduce bills to further impede federal officials. The Legislature hired former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder to assist, but he will be incapable of preventing sanctuary legislation from causing the loss of major federal funding. A sanctuary city defunding proposal was decided for the 2017 Department of Justice budget in an agreement between House Appropriations Subcommittee Chairman Rep. John Culberson and U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch, [under the Obama administration.]
In July 2016, Lynch notified California that funding under the criminal alien assistance program, and other law enforcement grant programs, will be terminated if the state is found to be non-compliant with federal law. Renewal applications for those law enforcement grants commence next month. A 2016 report by the U.S. Department of Justice’s inspector general concluded that California is in violation of federal law. This will result in the state losing $135 million dollars of grant funds that currently help cover the cost to incarcerate legal and illegal aliens.
House Appropriations Chairman Rep. Culberson was quoted saying that if the state of California does not change its law, the state will owe taxpayers a refund of $1.2 billion for previous federal funding. The congressman is referring to the Trust Act which, since its 2014 passage, has contributed to a 44% decrease in deportations from 15 counties with large illegal migrant populations. To stop the added taxpayer burden that will result from these penalties, the Trust Act must be overturned by the voters with a ballot measure containing permanent state laws that allow full cooperation with federal law. This solution is advocated by numerous law enforcement organizations.
Attorney General Lynch also communicated a stern warning that the Justice Department can take criminal or civil actions against public officials who violate federal law. A new attorney general can prosecute under the alien harboring and shielding statute, a federal felony for which a convicted public official can be fined and or imprisoned. When Sen. Jeff Sessions, (R-Alabama,) is confirmed as the new U.S. attorney general, it is probable these state defunding measures will be fully enforced while initiating other powerful penalties against the sanctuary state of California and its officials for violating federal law. (End).
One patriot wrote us that he was surprised this even got printed. With more space I would have included that The Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act of 1996, passed during Bill Clinton’s administration requires cities to comply with immigration officials or lose federal funding.
Our attention is also focused on the process to end automatic citizenship. We are pressing hard on this issue with the most interested congressman and others in the Trump administration.
Here are the latest RY 2016 enforcement (or lack of) statistics from the Office of Immigration Statistics (OIS) released by the Department of Homeland Security. ICE deportations are at the lowest rate since 2006. Aliens removed from the interior have declined 73% since 2009 when Obama took office. There has been a 60 percent decrease in interior criminal alien removals since 2010. Obama caved-in to the open border fanatics’ pressure, but finally did something right on his way out by ending the special Cuban immigration policy. Insiders say it was unexpected. Cubans only had to show up illegally at our borders, then were allowed to stay and later given legal status. There have been alarming increases of Cubans entering our borders with less than 9,000 in 2011 to over 56,000 last year.
Our work to DEFUND and END sanctuary cities is becoming known nationally. Please renew your 2017 support to Taxpayer Revolution to assist our efforts. We are encouraging law enforcement to speak out for their rights before former AG Eric Holder moves to further restrict their cooperation with federal authorities. We need your renewed assistance to accomplish our goals – thank you.
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Ted Hilton is President of the Taxpayer Revolution Foundation.