GRIEVING DAD ASKS PRESIDENT TRUMP TO WITHHOLD FEDERAL FUNDS
FROM SANCTUARY CITIES IN NEW TV AD
Dad’s Request Comes as Governor Brown Prepares to Sign Legislation
Making California a Sanctuary State
SAN FRANCISCO (May 31, 2017) – Today Don Rosenberg, father of the deceased Drew Rosenberg, and Californians for Population Stabilization (CAPS) launched TV commercials in the Sacramento area asking President Trump to withhold federal funds from sanctuary cities like San Francisco. The TV ads are scheduled to run for several weeks.
Both Drew Rosenberg and Kate Steinle were killed in San Francisco by people who had entered the country illegally and taken advantage of sanctuary city policies.
“Nobody wants criminal illegal aliens shielded from the law in California. Especially the immigrant communities they terrorize,” commented Don Rosenberg. “It is time to make California a sanctuary, for Californians.”
Don Rosenberg is the father of Drew Rosenberg, 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. The day Galo killed Drew Rosenberg, he was driving again without a license. 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, he accelerated and ran over Drew. But Galo’s rear tire 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, Governor Brown and San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee have advocated for more funding for the legal defense of illegal aliens facing deportation.
“It’s perplexing that Governor Brown and Mayor Ed Lee have allocated more taxpayer dollars to a legal defense fund for illegal immigrants,” stated Rosenberg. “Imagine that. My tax dollars paying to prevent people like Roberto Galo from being deported.” Rosenberg continued, “Wonder how Governor Brown and Mayor Lee would feel if Drew had been their son?”
According to an ICE report published March 20, 2017, nineteen California cities and counties, including San Francisco, 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 Governor Jerry Brown for signature in coming weeks.
“Consider the horrific irony of Governor 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.”