This seems fair enough – no, not the event, but the outcome – a cop killer’s being at liberty to kill a cop is being blamed on the sanctuary state law in California. Quite what should be done about illegal immigration is one thing, how active anyone should be in catching such immigrants another, but if the law insists that illegal immigrants who break other laws not be reported to the immigration authorities, well, then those illegal immigrants who do are going to be around and at liberty longer, aren’t they? That’s just basic logic, whatever we think of why we should or shouldn’t be doing this:
An illegal immigrant from Mexico, wanted for killing a California cop earlier this week, was captured Friday while attempting to flee back across the Southern border, officials said.
That makes sense, certainly. Wanted in one jurisdiction for a particular crime, attempt to change jurisdictions. This also seems like a fair enough complaint:
“While we absolutely need to stay focused on Officer Singh’s service and sacrifice, we can’t ignore the fact that this could’ve been preventable,” Christianson said, noting how Arriaga had several run-ins with police — which couldn’t be reported to ICE on account of California’s sanctuary law. “Under SB54 in California, based on two arrests for DUI and some other active warrants that this criminal has out there, law enforcement would’ve been prevented — prohibited — from sharing any information with ICE about this criminal gang member,” the sheriff explained. “Ladies and gentlemen, this is not how you protect a community.”
California does indeed have this law. That information from arrests for crimes not be passed onto the immigration authorities. The aim being that people stopped – say for a DUI – shouldn’t have to fear being tossed back over the border as well as going through the driver re-education classes.
That does have this other side to it, obviously enough. If people aren’t passed along into the comforting hands of the immigration authorities then those illegal immigrants who do break the law aren’t, as a result of their law breaking, going to end up in those comforting hands, are they? Which can indeed lead to situations like this. Someone caught for varied lower level crimes, if not tossed out of the country for being there illegally, will still be in the country to potentially commit other and more serious ones.
Worth noting that it just isn’t true that such illegal immigrants commit more crimes. The actual crime level among such is lower than that in the indigenous population. As long as we ignore that it being a crime to be existing in the jurisdiction itself of course.