The Democrats in Sacramento passed a law last year forbidding ICE to arrest illegal immigrants on courthouse grounds without getting a warrant from a judge. This week, outside a courthouse in Sonoma County, ICE agents went ahead and did it anyway.
The officials took two illegal immigrants into custody in blatant defiance of the California law, and when state Democrats pitched a fit, they explained the obvious: Federal officers are under no obligation to submit to state laws that conflict with those set in Congress. Period.
California sanctuary laws, said ICE in a statement, “will not govern the conduct of federal officers acting pursuant to duly enacted laws passed by Congress that provide the authority to make administrative arrests of removable aliens inside the United States.”
Expounding, ICE field office director David Jennings said, “Our officers will not have their hands tied by sanctuary rules when enforcing immigration laws to remove criminal aliens from our communities.”
Suck on that, Sacramento.
According to the Department of Homeland Security, the two men arrested are Antonio Hernandez Lopez and Pedro Romero Aguirre. Both men have been previously arrested and deported. Lopez has pending charges against him, including domestic abuse, a DUI, and a charge of witness tampering. DHS said that Aguirre has “five criminal convictions spanning more than a decade, such as trespassing, driving without a license, and a DUI.”
Sounds like the kind of people that California officials would be quick to defend. And don’t worry: They did.
Jill Ravitch, the Sonoma County district attorney, said, “ICE detention actions have no place in the court building, where they have the effect of scaring away witnesses and victims, and undermines the District Attorney’s Office ability to hold the guilty accountable and protect crime victims.”
Public defender Kathleen Pozzi struck a similar note: “It’s now going to put total fear in the community. People aren’t going to come to court. Victims will refuse to show up. Witnesses will refuse to show up. Cases will have to get dismissed.”
That sounds like a you problem. Maybe if you and the rest of the Democrats in California hadn’t allowed the state to become overrun with illegal aliens, you wouldn’t be stuck in this situation, eh? Maybe if you’d decided to work with the Trump administration instead of against them, your streets would be a lot safer. Maybe if you hadn’t decided that your state has the authority to supersede federal law, there would be a lot less confusion.
With their asinine pro-alien laws and policies, California has outsourced its public safety to the federal government. Well, don’t worry, Gov. Newsom, Donald J. Trump is on the job.
He’s got this.