Now that President Trump is implementing his stricter immigration policies, we are seeing more illegal undesirables with criminal histories like rape, robbery, and other violent crimes being arrested, incarcerated, and then deported.
But there has been some resistance to these federal laws being enforced coming from sympathetic liberals who believe that borders restricting the free flow of people are cruel and unfair.
The “sanctuary city capital” of the US, California, has been the center of most of the resistance with San Francisco leading the way. They have launched a special division that provides legal representation for illegal immigrants facing deportation all paid for with taxpayer money.
The Daily Caller has more:
The San Francisco public defender’s office launched a new unit Tuesday dedicated to representing illegal immigrants faced with deportation and focused on providing local tax money for cases heard in the city’s federal immigration courts.
The special immigration division, one of only three such programs in the country, consists of three deputy public defenders and a paralegal, reports NBC Bay Area. San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee authorized $200,000 in city payroll savings to be used to fund the program through the end of 2017.
Officials expect the unit to handle around 150 clients per year, only 10 percent of the 1,500 detained immigrants that currently have court dates in San Francisco.
Lee, the city Board of Supervisors, and Public Defender Jeff Adachi reached a deal for the new office March, after months of negotiations over whether the public defender’s office should represent detained immigrants and, if so, to what extent.
Public Defender Jeff Adachi stated his intentions to stop “mass deportations” and ensure due process:
“Mass deportation is against our core values as Americans and San Franciscans,” Adachi said. “Due process still means something in this country and we are not going to let the federal government ship off our friends and neighbors without a fight.”
With their concerns about criminal gangs being foremost, the DOJ sent letters to nine sanctuary (city) jurisdictions in April asking for proof they were cooperating with immigration enforcement and citing San Francisco, specifically:
“Just several weeks ago in California’s Bay Area, after a raid captured 11 MS-13 members on charges including murder, extortion and drug trafficking, city officials seemed more concerned with reassuring illegal immigrants that the raid was unrelated to immigration than with warning other MS-13 members that they were next,” the DOJ said.
Elected officials may think they are protecting their population’s “human rights” by defying federal immigration laws, but they need to understand that their cooperation with immigration authorities in apprehending migrant criminals is essential to protecting the security of actual American citizens. And, it is mandated by law.
If they aren’t willing to do that, then they have violated their oaths of office and should be prosecuted themselves. America doesn’t need, nor want, criminal gangs of illegal immigrants roaming our streets. We already have enough criminals of our own to worry about!
Source: The Daily Caller