A report stemming from a Department of Justice lawsuit against California indicates border patrol agents are refusing to turn over illegal immigrants with felony warrants to authorities in the sanctuary state, based on fears that those officials would refuse to place them back into federal custody.
Earlier this month, Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced a lawsuitagainst California over the state’s “deliberate” attempts to prevent authorities from enforcing immigration laws.
Tucked within that lawsuit was a declaration page from Rodney Scott, chief patrol agent in the Border Patrol’s San Diego Sector.
Within the declaration, Scott revealed several instances in which border patrol agents refused to cooperate with the lawless sanctuary state because they knew full-well the wanted felons would be released back into the public, with no way to track their activities, prepared to commit further crimes.
“In each instance, the Border Patrol Agent determined it was not appropriate, consistent with his or her federal responsibilities to ensure the enforcement of immigration law, to release a criminal alien to the state and local law enforcement,” Scott said. “This was because, although the alien was subject to removal, if released to California law enforcement, the alien would ultimately be released into the public.”
Turnabout is fair play, California, but don’t forget this simple fact – your state sides with wanted felons, Border Patrol sides with Americans and the law.
— Liberty Unyielding (@LUnyielding) March 21, 2018
In one instance, DHS held onto a previously-deported felon from Nicaragua who was a registered sex offender, because “the SDSO (San Diego Sheriff’s Office) could not provide any assurances it would cooperate with the Border Patrol so that immigration authorities would be notified if and when the alien was released.”
The man had a warrant out for “sexual assault.”
Other similar cases in which federal authorities held the illegal immigrants because California jurisdictions refused to cooperate with them include a cocaine dealer, another possessing controlled substances, and a multiple-time DUI offender.
Had Border Patrol released them within California, they surely would have been sent back out to the public to become repeat offenders.
An example of this can be seen in recent reports that show criminal illegal aliens who had been tipped off to an ICE raid by Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf, committed new crimes since that time, including spousal abuse and gun crimes.
California’s new sanctuary state laws encourage this type of lawless behavior.
“Even in the most serious of offenses (such as child sexual abuse, possession of explosive devices, trafficking in controlled substances, slavery, human trafficking, torture, rape, murder, etc.), it is my understanding that the California Values Act forbids state and local law enforcement in California from transferring custody of an alien to DHS without a judicial warrant, and, unless very limited circumstances apply, sharing with DHS an alien’s release date or home address,” Scott explained in his declaration.
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