Grieving Dad Asks President Trump to Withhold Federal Funds from Los Angeles in New TV Ad
Dad’s Request Comes as Governor Brown Prepares to Sign Legislation Making California a Sanctuary State
LOS ANGELES (June 5, 2017) – Today Don Rosenberg, father of the deceased Drew Rosenberg, and Californians for Population Stabilization (CAPS) launched a TV spot across Los Angeles asking President Trump to withhold federal funds from sanctuary cities like L.A. The TV ads are scheduled to run for several weeks.
Drew Rosenberg, Kate Steinle and Jamiel Shaw were all killed in California’s “sanctuary cities” by people who entered the country illegally and took advantage of sanctuary city policies.
“Nobody wants criminal illegal aliens shielded from the law in California, especially the immigrant communities they terrorize,” said Don Rosenberg. “It is time to make California a sanctuary, for Californians.”
Don Rosenberg’s son Drew Rosenberg was killed by Roberto Galo November 16, 2010. Galo, who entered the country illegally, had been stopped by police in San Francisco just months earlier driving without a license or insurance, going the wrong way down a one-way street. But Galo was released by San Francisco authorities, and charges were dropped. Galo was driving without a license the day he killed Drew Rosenberg. Galo, attempting to beat oncoming traffic, made a quick left turn at an intersection, and collided with Drew who was in the intersection on his motorcycle.
Eyewitnesses say after Galo’s car initially struck Drew, instead of stopping, Galo accelerated and ran over Drew. But the rear tire of Galo’s vehicle got stuck on Drew’s helmet, impeding the car’s forward mobility. Attempting to flee the scene, Galo backed his car up, running over Drew a second time. He then put the car in drive and ran Drew over a third time, only stopping as a bystander jumped in front of his car. Upon stopping the vehicle, Galo’s front tire rested on Drew’s abdomen. Five bystanders lifted the car off Drew. But it was too late.
In recent months, California Gov. Jerry Brown and Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti have advocated for more funding for the legal defense of illegal aliens facing deportation.
“It’s perplexing that Gov. Brown and Mayor Garcetti have allocated more taxpayer dollars to a legal defense fund for illegal immigrants,” said Rosenberg. “Imagine that. My tax dollars paying to prevent people like Roberto Galo, who killed my son, and Pedro Espinoza, who killed Jamiel Shaw, from being deported. Wonder how Mayor Garcetti would feel if Drew or Jamiel had been his son?”
According to a March 20, 2017, ICE report, 19 California cities and counties, including Los Angeles, are considered sanctuaries for illegal aliens. Recently, a bill to make California a sanctuary state passed the California Senate and is quickly winding its way through the Assembly. The bill is expected to pass the Assembly and be presented to Gov. Brown for signature in coming weeks.
“Consider the horrific irony of Gov. Brown signing legislation to make California a sanctuary state as the second anniversary of Kate Steinle’s murder approaches,” said Rosenberg. “Puts it all in perspective. California politicians consider legal Californians second-class citizens.”
The Trump administration has threatened to withhold federal funds from sanctuary cities. But a federal court in San Francisco recently blocked the administration’s plan to withhold funds. The administration is weighing its options, including appealing the ruling and more narrowly defining funds to be withheld to those specifically related to immigration enforcement.
Rosenberg concluded, “I agree President Trump should withhold federal funds from California’s sanctuary cities. Maybe then political elites will put the safety of legal Californians first. And help prevent other needless tragedies.”
View the commercials and learn more at CAPSweb.org.