Sanctuary policies embolden aspiring illegal aliens and criminals.
For decades politicians, from both political parties, have amped up statements that laud law violators while ridiculing hard-working Americans.
Consider the rhetoric of self-hating American politicians who frequently talk about the “jobs Americans won’t do” or how, in order to continue to lead, America must import foreign workers whom they described as the “world’s best and brightest,” thereby deprecating highly educated, highly experienced and highly successful and innovative American high-tech workers.
Now a team of criminal defense attorneys have alleged that the coordination of various law enforcement agencies to discharge their lawful duties constitutes collusion. This claim is, of itself, insane. However, the trip “over the edge” has only begun when you consider who these attorneys represent — none other than Jose Ines Garcia-Zarate, the illegal alien from Mexico who admitted to having shot and killed Kate Steinle in San Francisco as she strolled with her father.
In the parallel universe these lawyers inhabit, their client, a criminal who shot a young woman to death, is himself the victim of law enforcement officers.
Garcia-Zarate has an extensive arrest record who had been previously deported (removed) from the United States multiple times and continued to return illegally to the United States and, by his own statement, resided in San Francisco specifically because of that city’s “sanctuary” policies because he knew that local police would not inform immigration authorities about his illegal presence in their city.
On March 15, 2018 the Washington Times reported, “Illegal immigrant charged in Kate Steinle death accuses government of ‘vindictive’ prosecution.” This report included this excerpt:
In a filing this week in federal court in San Francisco, lawyers for Jose Garcia-Zarate demanded that that the federal government hand over its communications with local law enforcement agencies — the San Francisco police, district attorney’s office and sheriff’s office — to let him prove collusion and double jeopardy.
Attorney J. Tony Serra accused Mr. Trump and Attorney General Jeff Sessions of using his client as a political punching bag and said their words suggest that Mr. Garcia-Zarate is being unjustly prosecuted.
Local, state and federal law enforcement agencies routinely work cooperatively to achieve common goals, generally to identify, investigate and, when warranted, arrest and prosecute criminals for their crimes.
However to these criminal defense attorneys, such inter-agency cooperation must, somehow, be viewed as a criminal act. It must also be presumed that they have been emboldened by statements made by political “leaders” who have formulated “sanctuary” policies to shield illegal aliens from detection.
For half of my thirty-year career with the former INS I was assigned to the Organized Crime, Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF). That task force is comprised of a wide variety of law enforcement personnel including local and state police as well as a variety of federal agencies.
The Joint Terrorism Task Force (JTTF) is similarly comprised of such personnel from diverse agencies working synergistically as a force multiplier to enforce our laws and safeguard America and Americans. In point of fact ICE provides the second largest contingents of law enforcement personnel to the JTTF because nearly all suspected foreign terrorists, one way or another, violate our immigration laws.
The only question is how these lawyers could have the chutzpah to make such an outrageous statement. That answer can be found in analyzing the statement of our political “leaders.”
Recently Nancy Pelosi described DACA aliens as “the best, of the best of the best.” Of course she neglected to mention that they were all illegal aliens who simply claimed to have entered the United States prior to their 16th birthdays, but could now be in their mid-thirties.
She never went on to explain how aliens who have violated America’s immigration laws were “the best, of the best, of the best.”
The one-time Speaker of the House of Representatives apparently idolizes them because they violated our immigration laws, ignoring that those laws were enacted fundamentally to protect innocent lives and the livelihoods of American workers.
Shortly after the terror attacks of September 11, 2001 Pelosi delivered a speech in Mexico City equating immigration law enforcement agents with terrorists who were terrorizing immigrant communities in the U.S. Most recently she slandered valiant ICE agents by referring to them as cowards.
On March 13, 2018 Fox Business reported, “ICE director rips Pelosi over raid comments: ‘How dare you call them cowardly.’”
That report included the stinging rebuke delivered to Pelosi by acting ICE Director Thomas Homan.
In Pelosi’s inverted world, law enforcement officers who routinely go in harm’s way to protect America and Americans are the enemies and law violators are apparently heroes to be revered.
Pelosi is hardly the only politician to side with criminals, and oppose law enforcement. Several weeks ago, Libby Schaaf, the mayor of Oakland, California took to the airwaves to warn the residents of her city that she had come by information that ICE was preparing to conduct a massive field operation in Oakland.
On March 5, 2018 I was a guest on the Grant Stinchfield show on NRATV to discuss Schaaf’s potentially criminal misconduct. A link to the video of my segment has been posted.
Mayor Schaaf endangered the safety of the ICE agents who participated in the field operation conducted just hours after she conducted her beyond belief news conference. Her reckless actions likely triggered the “fight or flight” reaction among hundreds of illegal aliens and the violent felons among them. It was fortunate that apparently none decided to fight instead of flee. This could have caused a tragedy, and one that the mayor should have understood.
During a news conference Schaaf said she considered herself to be “law-abiding.” My mom, however, used to tell me that “self-praise is no recommendation.”
Some have pointed out that Schaaf could potentially be prosecuted for obstruction of justice and, indeed, she probably could. Additionally, her actions constitute a prima facia violation of federal immigration laws that are contained within 8 U.S. Code § 1324. To wit:
Harboring — Subsection 1324(a)(1)(A)(iii) makes it an offense for any person who — knowing or in reckless disregard of the fact that an alien has come to, entered, or remains in the United States in violation of law, conceals harbors, or shields from detection, or attempts to conceal, harbor, or shield from detection, such alien in any place, including any building or any means of transportation.
Encouraging/Inducing — Subsection 1324(a)(1)(A)(iv) makes it an offense for any person who — encourages or induces an alien to come to, enter, or reside in the United States, knowing or in reckless disregard of the fact that such coming to, entry, or residence is or will be in violation of law.
Conspiracy/Aiding or Abetting — Subsection 1324(a)(1)(A)(v) expressly makes it an offense to engage in a conspiracy to commit or aid or abet the commission of the foregoing offenses.
Under the current laws, each and every alien who is shielded, harbored, aided, abetted or induced to enter the United States or remain illegally is viewed as a separate and distinct crime, a felony that carries a maximum sentence of five years in prison.
The challenge here is to determined how many hundreds or even thousands of illegal aliens were warned, therefore, potentially shielded and harbored, aided and abetted by Mayor Schaaf’s actions. It must also be noted that if charges are brought and an individual is found guilty of these crimes, sentencing is determined by stringent minimum mandatory sentencing guidelines.
As it stands, hundreds of aliens who were sought during the field operation could not be found and likely evaded ICE because of Schaaf warnings.
On March 10, 2018 the New York Daily News reported, “Cuomo urges Dems to ‘stand up and not build’ Trump’s border wall.”
This news report contained this excerpt:
“Those Democrats in Washington better stand up and not build his wall,” Cuomo said Saturday at the annual Somos el Futuro gathering in Albany.
Cuomo said Trump’s proposed border wall was a symbol of the administration’s anti-immigrant policies and he accused the President of holding so-called Dreamer immigrants hostage to obtain funding for the wall.
It is clear what Schaaf did. It is clear that Nancy Pelosi has an abject hatred for ICE agents and holds illegal aliens in high esteem. It is equally clear that New York’s governor opposes border security. The only question that only they can answer is, “Why?”
California’s Governor Brown recently signed into law policies that have turned the entire state of California into a huge “sanctuary” to protect criminal aliens from immigration law enforcement, ignoring what should be obvious, that as I noted in a previous article, Sanctuary Cities Endanger – National Security and Public Safety.
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