Police Chief: “Blood Trail” From D.C., Sacramento to Victim’s Bedroom

Published on August 12th, 2015

By Joe Guzzardi
August 12, 2015
As he described the horrors that Marilyn Pharis experienced before her death, Santa Maria Police Chief Ralph Martin barely contained his anger. On July 24, Pharis had just returned from her night shift at the Vandenberg Air Force base when illegal alien Victor Aureliano Martinez Ramirez and 20-year-old Jose Villagomez, an American citizen, broke into her home, sexually assaulted her before strangling her and beating her to death with a hammer. Martinez Ramirez had been arrested six times in the last 15 months; Pharis was an Air Force veteran.

Martin quickly blamed President Obama, Governor Jerry Brown and the California Legislature for Pharis’ death. Said Martin: “…I am not remiss to say that from Washington DC to Sacramento there's a blood trail leading to the bedroom of Marilyn Pharis."

Obama has instituted non-enforcement policies that have allowed deportable criminal aliens to remain in the U.S. and has gutted strong enforcement programs like Secure Communities and 287 (g) that would rid America of lawless aliens like Martinez Ramirez and Juan Francisco Lopez-Sanchez, Kate Steinle’s killer. Secure Communities used an already-existing federal information-sharing partnership between Immigration and Customs Enforcement and the Federal Bureau of Investigation that helped identify criminal aliens. 287 (g) allowed specially trained state and local law officers to enforce federal immigration laws.

Moreover, Obama has steadfastly refused to order his Justice Department to force sanctuary cities to obey immigration laws. Sanctuary cities existences are illegal, pursuant to a 1996 law President Bill Clinton signed. Obama has outrageously defended his actions by falsely claiming that deprioritizing so called minor crimes allows the Department of Homeland Security to focus on deporting the most dangerous criminals. Instead, the Obama administration has freed the worst of the worst in record and astonishing numbers.

In its probe, the House Judiciary Committee discovered that ICE released 30,558 convicted criminal aliens in fiscal year 2014. The crimes include homicide, kidnapping, sexual assault, battery, and thousands of DUIs. As of March 2015, ICE let go another 10,246 criminal aliens. Senate Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley described DHS’ failures as “a total breakdown” that “wreaks havoc on citizens and especially women.” Grassley demanded answers from DHS by August 15 on Pharis’ murderers’ immigration history, immigration status, and criminal backgrounds.

California is equally culpable for the alien crime wave. In California, Brown signed the Trust Act which converted California into a sanctuary state. The legislature also passed AB 109, the California Prisoner Realignment Bill, which released convicts from state prisons and transferred them to county jails. But since AB 109 took effect in 2011, county jails have been overwhelmed, and can neither accommodate nor afford to house the all the inmates sent their way.

Proposition 47 is also partially responsible for Pharis’ death. Prop 47, a state-initiated statute that voters approved in 2014 because it was misleadingly listed on the ballot as “The Safe Neighborhoods and Schools Act,” reclassified most nonviolent drug and property crimes like possession or personal use of drugs from felonies to misdemeanors. Shortly before Martinez Ramirez murdered Pharis, Santa Maria police officers arrested him for meth possession. But Chief Martin said that because of Prop 47, Martinez Ramirez was “cited out.”

The mounting death toll doesn’t faze the administration. In her testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee, ICE director Sarah Saldaña arrogantly defended her agency’s refusal to initiate deportation proceedings against convicted aliens. A defiant Obama vowed to veto House-passed legislation to defund sanctuary cities should it reach his desk.

Without the slightest hope that the White House will support Americans’ demand for strong immigration law enforcement and their desire for reduced immigration, more preventable deaths are inevitable.

Joe Guzzardi is a Californians for Population Stabilization Senior Writing Fellow. Contact him at [email protected]

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