Dad Asks Assembly How They’d Feel If Their Child Was Killed Due To Sanctuary City Policies
SACRAMENTO, CA (August 28, 2017) – Today Don Rosenberg, father of the deceased Drew Rosenberg, and Californians for Population Stabilization (CAPS) launched TV ads in Sacramento. One ad urges President Trump to withhold federal funds from California’s sanctuary cities. Another ad asks how many more lives will be lost before California politicans stand up for Californians.
“Before casting a vote, I urge members of the Assembly to put yourselves in my shoes,” said Don Rosenberg. “Imagine getting a late night phone call to find out your child is gone forever. Imagine finding out your child was killed by someone here illegally, who had committed crimes and should have been deported but was shielded by sanctuary city laws. Imagine how parents like me all across California are going to feel about you as a Assembly member if you vote for SB 54.”
According to a March 20, 2017 ICE report, 19 California cities and counties, including Sacramento, are considered sanctuaries for illegal aliens. SB 54, a bill to make California a sanctuary state, passed the state Senate in April and is awaiting action in the Assembly. A vote could come within the next few days. Lawmakers still deciding if they will support SB 54 include Sabrina Cervantes (D) of Riverside, Jacqui Irwin (D) of Thousand Oaks, Al Muratsuchi (D) of Torrance, Matt Dababneth (D) of Encino and Tom Daly (D) of Anaheim. Gov. Brown has voiced support for the bill but also noted he’d like to see some changes.
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, Gov. Jerry Brown has allocated more funding for the legal defense of illegal aliens facing deportation.
“It’s perplexing that Gov. Brown is allocating 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, from being deported. When will our elected leaders put Californians first?”
Rosenberg concluded, “Nobody wants criminal illegal aliens shielded from the law in California, especially the immigrant communities they terrorize. It’s time to make California a sanctuary, for Californians.”
View the commercials and learn more at CAPSweb.org.