Deported Multiple Times, Criminal Alien Re-enters Sanctuary City, Commits Hit-and-Run, Other Related Crimes

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By Joe Guzzardi

Joe is a CAPS Senior Writing Fellow whose commentaries about California's social issues have run in newspapers throughout California and the country for nearly 30 years. Contact Joe at, or find him on Twitter @joeguzzardi19.

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May 11, 2017

On May 7, a Mexican citizen illegally in the United States, deported at least 15 times since 2002, and with prior arrests for domestic violence, perpetrated a DUI, hit-and-run crash near San Diego. While driving without a license and with a blood alcohol level twice the legal limit, Constantino Banda-Acosta, 38, slammed his Chevrolet Silverado into Benjamin Lake’s Honda Accord as the family, returning from Disneyland, was within two blocks of home.

California’s indefensible sanctuary policy strikes again; child critically injured.

Lake’s 6-year-old son Lennox was seriously injured, and required immediate surgery. Benjamin and his wife Ingrid were temporarily trapped in their car, but escaped in enough time to aid the bleeding, unconscious Lennox.

A few days later, Fox News host Ainsley Earhardt interviewed Lake to ask him his sentiments about illegal immigration. Lake replied that allowing aliens with criminal histories to remain is frightening, and has real consequences.

In her follow-up question, Earhardt asked Lake to describe his feelings about illegal immigration before Banda-Acosta, who entered a not-guilty plea to felony charges, put his son’s life at risk.

Lake told Earhardt that previously he had been “indifferent” to illegal immigration, a telling answer that should be a wakeup alarm for all Americans, especially those living in sanctuary cities.

Americans’ long-standing indifference to escalating illegal immigration has allowed sanctuary cities to increase in number nationwide, and to soar in California, while their advocates become more influential and well-funded. San Diego is a sanctuary county, and SB 54, pending in the California Assembly, would make the entire state a sanctuary haven.

Go to the CAPS Action Alert page here to tell the Assembly to oppose SB 54, dangerous legislation that would imperil more families like the Lakes. Also please sign up to receive free CAPS legislative alerts to help create an immigration strategy that works for all Americans.


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