California Democrats’ Sanctuary Includes Violent Criminals

People march through downtown Los Angeles supporting amnesty for illegal immigrants living in the United States Saturday, Sept. 2, 2006. The event, called "La Gran Marcha Laboral," was organized by the March 25 Coalition, which put on a massive protest in Los Angeles earlier this year. (AP Photo/Oscar Hidalgo)

Senate President Pro Tem Kevin de Leon (D-Los Angeles) and Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon (D-Paramount) have been clear that they oppose California allowing the state or its sanctuary cities from cooperating with immigration officials unless the individual committed a violent crime.

Under California law, throwing acid at someone or rape of an unconscious, intoxicated or mentally ill victim is not considered a violent crime. Neither is vehicular manslaughter, assault with a deadly weapon, arson, solicitation of murder or exploding a destructive device or explosive with intent to injure. 

A recent article by Jazmine Ulloa, Los Angeles Times makes this clear distinction:

After being accused of rape, Andrew Luster jumped his $1-million bail and was later captured in Mexico by a bounty hunter on TV.

Ventura County prosecutors said he drugged three women and videotaped the assaults, and a jury convicted him of 86 counts of poisoning, sexual battery and rape of an unconscious or intoxicated person. But with none of his offenses listed among the 23 crimes that California considers “violent” felonies in its penal code….

In drawing the line at crime violence, why would Kevin de Leon and Anthony Rendon extend sanctuary and protection to predators like Andrew Luster?

While Eric Holder will be in Sacramento tomorrow, collecting his $25,000 a-month-taxpayer-funded-check from the state’s taxpayers via our Legislature, he needs to be the adult in the room and ask the Democratic leadership to remove their rose-colored glasses and realize that there are distinctions between “hardened criminals,” “undocumented immigrants,” and those who perpetrate the abbreviated state list of “violent crimes.”

Ending “sanctuary city” ordinances does not mean that law enforcement in those communities become “quasi immigration enforcement officers.” Rather, it reopens the door to the real need of providing continued cooperation between law enforcement and immigration officials and ensuring societally dangerous and violent criminals are identified, detained and deported. They should also include those convicted of gang activities, rape, arson or those who sexually assault the elderly or mentally ill victims.

The following crimes are not covered by the definition of violent crimes under recently passed Proposition 57:

  • Vehicular manslaughter
  • Human trafficking involving a minor
  • Battery with personal infliction of serious bodily injury
  • Throwing acid or flammable substance
  • Assault with a deadly weapon
  • Assault with a deadly weapon on a peace officer or firefighter
  • Discharging firearm at an occupied dwelling, building, vehicle or airport
  • Rape where victim legally capable of giving consent
  • Rape by intoxicating substance
  • Rape where victim unconscious of the act
  • Rape/sodomy/oral copulation of unconscious person or by use of date rape drugs
  • Rape by threat of public official
  • Inflicting corporal injury on a child
  • Domestic violence
  • Arson of a structure or forest land
  • Arson of property
  • Solicitation to commit murder
  • Grand theft firearm
  • Assault with a deadly weapon by state prison inmate
  • Any felony involving the personal use of a deadly weapon
  • Holding a hostage by state prison inmate
  • Exploding a destructive device or explosive with intent to injure

Hector Barajas is a partner at Merino, Barajas & Allen, a California strategic communications and public affairs firm. As a nationally recognized expert on Latino politics and public policy issues, he serves as an on-air political analyst for Univision and Telemundo.

This piece was originally published by Fox and Hounds Daily

Comments

  1. Demorats do not believe in law and order. After all, look at their last leader Hillary Clinton. Her alleged crimes go back decades. But the since the demorats theought they could win with her. People are waking up I just Pray that the demorat party will stay the course until they are all gone into retirement. Any person that claims as de Leon has alleged to have commented 50% of his relatives are illegal should be removed from office. Did he swear to protect the Constitution and We the people from enemies foreign and domestic? But I forgot he was an anointed democrat that do not have to abide by the law. That is why they can’t stand Trump is because he is for law and order from the outlaw demorats and they can’t take it. Media backs them all the way too.

  2. THE CAPTIVE says

    Some state this has become! A criminal government right from the top.
    Not one person is safe ! Just expect a lot more bad things to happen as time goes by. STOP FUNDING THESE CRIMINALS IN OUR GOVERNMENT-that’s a starter.

  3. “….why … de Leon and … Rendon ….”
    Because they’re Morons of the First Order.

  4. retiredxlr8r says

    Democrats in California are ignorant, self-centered children!

  5. DR Richard Muccillo says

    These assholes need to be imprisoned and get rid of the bald head

  6. Gary Von Neida says

    It appears to be part of a plan to destabilize America by the TROJAN of the invasion by another culture diametrically opposed to Our Culture. Rape of Women is not a part of American Culture;however (since women are seen as a lesser form of life by Muslim Men) is accepted behavior with the INVADERS. “Feel Good” (about themselves) Liberals are behind closed doors and walls and insulated by the onslaught;thus, unconcerned. Awake, the invasion is about the destruction of: BORDERS, LANGUAGE,and CULTURE.

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