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Immigrants are valuable and essential members of the California community. Almost one in three Californians is foreign born and one in two children in California has at least one immigrant parent.

Senate Bill No. 54

To be clear, we love immigrants, we are all immigrants (or were at some point) and everyone who is contributing to society is valuable. But we’re not here to talk about the people who came to the US the right way, paying for their Visa’s and working to be part of the bigger picture.

We’re here to talk about the dangers that happen when people come here illegally, to a sanctuary city, and can commit crimes without being held accountable. Current laws allow the release of illegal criminals back into our society without even a slap on the wrist.

By now you’ve heard of the immigrant police officer, Ronil Singh, that was shot and killed by an illegal alien in California on a routine traffic stop. It’s a heartbreaking loss, not only for our community but to his wife and 5 month old baby. Even more horrifying is the fact that the illegal immigrant in question had been arrested several times prior to the murder, and due to the sanctuary city laws, wasn’t deported, wasn’t flagged to the FBI and wasn’t held for further investigation.

With the on-going story, we now know that not only has the suspect been arrested, but so have 7 other people who helped “aide & abet” his escape plan back to Mexico.

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Kern County Sheriff’s Donny Youngblood said that seven additional people were also arrested in the South Valley for aiding and abetting Arriaga.

At a news conference Friday, Stanislaus County Sheriff Adam Christianson echoed President Trump’s calls for stricter border security as he railed against the state’s sanctuary law. The policy, pushed by Democrats and signed in 2017 as SB54, prohibits local law enforcement from notifying or sharing detained immigrants’ information with federal immigration agents, when they are not accused of serious criminal charges.

These eight people will face charges. Seven of them will most likely be deported (if found to be here illegally) and the suspected murderer will be imprisoned. The cost to deport one person is roughly $11,000.

The cost to the US, to imprison the suspect, is roughly $45,000/year. So, not only has the suspect gotten into the the US illegally, he murdered a legal immigrant police officer, was arrested and released for DUI and theft and is now going to prison, costing us even more money.

This “incident”, involving 8 people, is already at $122,000, not including the man-hours for investigation and the 3-4 day manhunt for the suspect. Plus added expenses like public-aide, etc.

It would be easy at this point to go into the politics and budget of the “cost of immigrants to the US”, but we’re not looking to attack all immigrants. We’re looking to reform the laws that will help prevent this horrendous crime from happening again.

Current sanctuary city laws prevent our Police Departments from communicating to FBI and other agencies about an illegal alien that they may come across. If said alien doesn’t commit a felony, they are released back into society, as stated in the Senate Bill No. 54.

So, what’s the next step? If you listen to the Stanislaus County Sheriff Adam Christianson, we need to demand that the laws are rewritten in a way that protect our US cities. Currently, the laws put illegal aliens “rights” above our own citizens and this is unacceptable.

Communicating this (email or snail mail) to your Governor and Senator will be the first step in demanding that US citizens remain protected. Find your State Governor: click here. For reference, many states in the United States have banned sanctuary cities.

Give me your tired, your poor, Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, The wretched refuse of your teeming shore. I lift my lamp beside the golden door!

The Statue of Liberty

While the United States as a whole does not seem to be against immigrants assimilating into our society and chasing their dreams, there is a juxtaposition between supporting the dreams of others, who follow the system and become successful versus those that abuse the system, come here illegally, claim government benefits and cost the US Government millions of dollars without paying taxes and being a contributing member of society. This argument has been going on since before our 41st President was in office. It seems it’s now coming to a head.

The difference between these positions needs to be kept in mind when discussing the border wall that the Republicans are demanding. It’s not about discriminating against all of Mexico’s citizens, but doing more to prevent drug traffic, human trafficking and illegal migration.

The United States supports the dreamers and believers of the American dream, all that we should ask is that they come here the right way. And in doing so, they’ll have the right to vote, the right to express themselves and be a true part of our society without the risk of deportation. They’ll also be protected from the dangerous country they left.


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