A Grieving Father Continues to Wonder Why Feds Won’t End Sanctuary Cities

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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 joeguzzardi@capsweb.org, or find him on Twitter @joeguzzardi19.

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May 3, 2016

On April 27, I was a guest on the Jamiel Shaw Radio Show. On March 2, 2008, Shaw’s son, Jamiel II or “Jas” as he was known to his family and friends, was murdered in broad daylight only three houses away from his home.

Jamiel Shaw, Sr. and his son, Jas, who was murdered by an illegal alien.

Jas was killed by confirmed gang member Pedro Espinoza, who had a long criminal history that included a November 2007 gun charge and assault of a police officer. Espinoza was given a four-month early release from jail on March 1, 2008, even though he had a deportation hold on him. Within 24 hours, Espinoza shot and killed Jas. In 2012, just before the Los Angeles Superior Court sentenced Espinoza to death, the illegal immigrant smirked at and then cursed the Shaw family.

Shaw and I spent most of the evening wondering why federal, state and municipal governments have been so steadfast in their collective refusal to acknowledge the threat that sanctuary cities pose, and how vulnerable they’ve made and continue to make innocent citizens like Jas and thousands of others.

But while banning sanctuary cities is moving at a snail-like pace, there have been several successes especially at the state and local level.

In one of the most satisfying anti-sanctuary city developments, San Francisco Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi lost his re-election bid last year against Vicki Hennessy. Even in light of Kate Steinle’s murder by a five-time deported, seven-time convicted felon, Mirkarimi staunchly defended San Francisco’s refusal to cooperate with Immigration and Customs Enforcement, and campaigned accordingly.

More recently in 2015, North Carolina Gov. Patrick McCrory signed a law that prohibits any city from interfering with federal law enforcement. And in April, the Louisiana House Committee on the Judiciary unanimously voted in favor of two bills that would eliminate sanctuary policies. Louisiana’s action came as New Orleans prohibited its law enforcement officers from even inquiring about a detainees’ immigration status.

And on April 11, 42 House Republicans sent a strongly worded letter to the Appropriations Committee responsible for funding the Department of Homeland Security and the Justice Department demanding that monies be withheld from cities that flagrantly violate federal law by harboring alien criminals, many of them violent. The letter supports HR 3009, the Enforce the Law for Sanctuary Cities Act, which passed the House last summer, and is pending in the Senate Judiciary Committee.

At the beginning of 2016, CAPS launched a proactive, anti-sanctuary city campaign. Go here to send a blindfold to elected officials who give more importance to protecting criminal aliens than they do to protecting Americans.


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