The title for my commentary may for many appear redundant, but in California there is more than a bit of irony involved.
The California State legislature has passed a disastrous bill, “The Trust Act,” that, if signed into law by Gov. Jerry Brown, would inhibit police officers from working cooperatively with ICE and even block state law enforcement officials from honoring detainers lodged by ICE when the aliens named in those detainers have not been convicted of “serious crimes.” Fox News reported that this legislation would provide further impediments to the already tepid enforcement efforts of ICE in enforcing immigration laws
Californian legislators who passed the “Trust Act” ignored the fact that America's immigration laws are among the most important of all of the laws enforced by the federal government. America's borders and immigration laws are America's first and last lines of defense against threats posed by international terrorists and transnational criminals and gang members.
The 9/11 Commission made it clear that terrorists seeking to attack the United States need to enter the U.S. and embed themselves in local communities to hide in plain sight. Terrorists go to great lengths to remain undetected by law enforcement here as they go about their preparations to launch an attack. Terrorists are careful to not get arrested or otherwise attract attention. It is naïve and foolish to think that only illegal aliens who have been convicted of serious crimes pose a threat to public safety.
Further, arguments about how enforcing immigration laws inhibits members of the immigrant community who fall victim to criminals from coming forward are not only utterly false, but neglect the fact that members of the immigrant communities most often fall victim to the transnational gang members who are in violation of our immigration laws. As well, aliens who are illegally present in the U.S. are eligible to obtain permission to remain in the country when they fall victim to crime and assist with the prosecution of those who victimized them.
The bill’s sponsor, Democrat Assemblyman Tom Ammiano (CA-17), and the politicians who voted for the Trust Act cannot be trusted!
Gov. Brown has until October 13 to sign the bill, so there’s still time for Californians to contact him and ask him NOT to sign this legislation. Contact him through CAPS’ Action Alert system here.