Skip to comments.County Votes 3-2 to Protect Criminal, Violent Illegal Aliens (Santa Clara-CA)
Posted on 11/15/2013 11:28:52 AM PST by jazusamo
A large U.S. county is taking illegal immigration sanctuary to an extreme, officially adopting a measure that protects even those with serious and violent criminal records from the feds.
Its a sanctuary county on steroids and, not surprisingly, its in California. Nevertheless, its preposterous even for a liberal local government that aims to make all immigrants part of its big, happy family. The story comes from Santa Clara County, located in the San Francisco area with a population of nearly 2 million, according to census figures.
The Santa Clara Board of Supervisors rejected a proposal this month to turn over jailed illegal aliens with serious criminal records to federal agents for deportation. The county has always protected illegal aliens, but briefly considered turning over violent criminals to the feds so they could be deported. Instead, lawmakers caved into the open borders movement, passing a measure forbidding even that.
On the day they voted, torn county supervisors listened to more than 60 impassioned activists, according to a local news report that says Santa Clara is one of only a handful of jurisdictions in the country that refuse to hold any inmates for Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). The board took up the issue on the grounds that public safety is jeopardized by releasing violent felons who could be deported.
A Hispanic supervisor (Cindy Chavez) who represents a heavily Latino district says she voted for the measure because holding even a small percentage of jailed illegal aliens for ICE would have a chilling effect on the immigrant communitys reporting of crime. Chavez did, however, express particular nervousness about domestic violence offenders but evidently not enough to turn them over for deportation.
Much like its neighboring municipalities, Santa Clara County is famously liberal and has long offered illegal immigrants sanctuary. It only considered the policy because the local prosecutor and sheriff warned that freeing illegal aliens convicted of violent crimes or gangbangers poses a significant risk to the community. Influential groups, such as the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), countered that the countys absolute no-holds policy has actually improved public safety by increasing immigrants trust in local police and by reducing their fear of reporting crimes.
This is an argument thats repeated over and over again by the open borders movement as well as a number of municipalities that offer illegal immigrants sanctuary. Police departments such as those in Los Angeles and Chicago also cite it to justify their dont-ask-dont-tell immigration policies. Judicial Watch has been a frontrunner in holding these local law enforcement agencies accountable for these illegal policies and has taken legal action to change them.
Just when I think Kalifornia can’t get any more liberal...
I don’t know. Is there a difference anymore between “liberal” and “insane”? This is absolutely insane.
This is your future, California.. And idiots who would rather
Protect criminals are in charge.
Exactly right. I wonder what Cindy Chavez would have to say about the chilling effect on the immigrant communitys” murder rate this insane vote will have.
I used to get all depressed and sentimental over the “old” California of yesteryear when reading these stories, but I’ve gotten over it. They crapped the bed of their own free will.
Retardafornia. You just can’t fix stupid.
Straight from the pages of “How to kill the Golden State.”
How’s the murder rate in FResno? we’re at 40 or 41 and climbing. We’re behind Oakland but with BART now finally being built out and down to San Jose, thugs&gangs should be able to move more freely than ever.
May they benefit from all the felons they are protecting.
Good and hard.
No doubt a high price in pain and suffering will be paid by many for this atrocious act.
And why should they report crimes when nothing will be done about them anyway ? Isn't that what Chavez is saying ?
The woman is a pandering idiot.
DEPORT ALL ILLEGALS AND THEIR ANCHOR BABIES !
Deport all illegals BUMP!
it’s Kalifornia, so I don’t care. Maybe one day the citizens of that state will grow a pair and stand up to all the PC BS N CA
Good news, now we know where to send violent felons from south of the border.
I’ve got libtard relatives in that county. I’m sure this development will give them the warm and fuzzies.
These “officials” should be in prison.
Absolutely...And for a long time.
Santa Clara County is a pretty sleepy place without illegals because everybody else is busy being a wage slave. Where is your compassion? How are liberals ever going to justify a bigger bureaucracy with larger unions if they don't have people to manage?