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Confirmed: California is protecting over 5,000 illegal alien criminals by refusing to hand them over to ICE

By Ethan Huff

Reiterating its proud status as a sanctuary state for criminals, California is back in the news for harboring and protecting illegal aliens that otherwise would be lawfully detained and deported – as they should be – by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).

Reports indicate that over the past 27 months, California has refused to honor a whopping 5,600 ICE detainers – these being the holds that ICE agents file to local jails and police to request the turnover of illegal aliens for arrest and deportation.

Of these 5,600 refused ICE detainers, more than 3,400 of them involved illegal aliens classified as “level 1” and “level 2” offenders, meaning these individuals were found guilty of committing serious crimes like kidnapping, sexual assault, robbery, aggravated assault, fraud, illegal drug activity, and homicide.

About 250 of the ICE detainers that weren’t honored had been filed in both Napa and Sonoma Counties, two areas of California that already had so-called “sanctuary city” policies in place before California more recently issued its statewide sanctuary policy.

In speaking with Breitbart News Tonight during an exclusive interview that aired on SiriusXM’s “Patriot” channel, Immigration Reform Law Institute (IRLI) Executive Director, Dale Wilcox, explained why sanctuary policies like this put law-abiding Americans, both in California and throughout the rest of the country, at serious risk.

“They’re dangerous policies that cost Americans lives,” he stated. “What will it take for these anti-borders politicians to wake up and put the safety and security of their citizens, their legal residents, before the interests of criminal aliens?”



California has created something of a legacy for itself over its refusal to hand over illegal alien offenders to ICE agents for deportation. And the result, time and time again, has been that these illegal alien offenders just continue to commit crime after crime after crime, knowing they’ll never face any real consequences for their actions.

This is what happened with illegal alien Javier Hernandez-Morales, who had previously been deported three times when he tried to murder deputy Riley Jarecki during a traffic stop in Napa County. Because local officials there had refused to turn Hernandez-Morales in to ICE agents for deportation, he was roaming the streets free trying to kill police officers.

“Its own deputy almost got killed as a result of its refusal to honor ICE detainer requests,” says Wilcox.

“And this individual had been deported three times in the past … so they say there’s no need emergency or need for a wall, this criminal alien is just walking back into the country.”

ICE had apparently asked for Hernandez-Morales four separate times, only to be denied by both the Napa County Sheriff’s Department and the Sonoma County Sheriff’s Department.

There was also the shooting of Kathryn Steinle on a pier in San Francisco back in 2015, which was committed by illegal alien Garcia Zarate (formerly known as Juan Francisco Lopez Sanchez). Zarate was not only not deported for his crimes, but he was also declared “not guilty” in court, even though he openly admitted that he shot and killed Steinle.

“With the Democrats, it’s about potential, future voters,” says Wilcox about why Leftists love catering to illegal aliens in violation of federal law.

“They have an interest in bringing in new voters so that they can win elections. That’s what that’s all about. I mean, 10 years ago, Democrats weren’t out preaching sanctuary cities and open borders, that just wasn’t their party platform. They’ve swallowed this belief that if you want to stay in power, if you want to win future elections, more voters and diverse voters is the way to go,” Wilcox added.

“Sanctuary cities are dangerous. They’re not humane, they’re not compassionate,” Wilcox added. “People are dying. It’s senseless and avoidable deaths. There’s no excuse for politicians to sell out their constituency for potential, future voters.”

A version of this story first appeared at NewsTarget.


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11 Comments on Confirmed: California is protecting over 5,000 illegal alien criminals by refusing to hand them over to ICE

  1. Allan Renquist // March 5, 2019 at 8:49 am // Reply

    If you put corrupt people in political power then they will just bring in more corrupt people into our country. For the Dems, it’s not just about increasing their voter base. They are systematically replacing Americans with illegals by allowing them to come here. The illegals are also killing us thereby reducing the American population. Do you really think the Dems want law abiding Americans residing in these United States? No. They want people they can control. The Dems are masking their true intentions by hiding behind propaganda in the Left media.

    It’s obvious by now the Dems are the party of corruption. They don’t care one iota about Americans being raped or killed by illegals. They don’t care about the diseases that illegals bring here. The Dems are no longer following the Constitution. We have rogue liberal states that are now sanctuary states. That is blatantly anti-constitution. These liberal states are also infringing on our 2nd Amendment rights by creating draconian gun laws making it almost impossible to buy a weapon. Some states have already started confiscating guns from law abiding citizens.

    Do you see what’s happening here? The Dems have declared all out war on our constitution. They want to completely control our lives and force us to live by their ideologies. They only want a life of money, power and corruption. That is the law they live by.

  2. California-proudly anti-American since the 70’s. Californians, by the way, did NOT put many of those corrupt politicians in power. Illegal aliens and voter fraud did. It won’t change until true Californians take back power, which may include some very ugly things.

  3. If there is a good side to the story it is that they are in California and their victims are highly probable to be libs. We need a wall around California to keep libs and their murdering raping buddies from invading the rest of the USA.

  4. Dave Hunter // March 5, 2019 at 9:42 am // Reply

    I am unable to understand why the DOJ hasn’t sued California over this.

    • william chandler // March 5, 2019 at 3:24 pm // Reply

      The “DOJ” should have ended the sanctuary crap on day one. File the first criminal AND civil lawsuits, freeze the assets of of the “sanctuarians” and the rest would change their tune. Forfeit ALL of Gov. Jerry Brown’s assets to pay damages to the family of that murdered woman ….and jail him as an ACCESSORY.
      Yes, “sanctuary implementors” DO OWE DAMAGES for any harm their law breaking leads to. By the way, why is a clerk jailed for refusing to do her duty and register homosexual marriages,but these politicians and police are not jailed for allowing sanctuary cities and refusing to do THEIR duty? SUE them for all their possessions.
      Every politician blocking that wall is an ACCOMPLICE and ACCESSORY to the heroin epidemic.
      Under Federal Law called the Harboring statute,those who Harbor and or conceal an illegal alien that murders an American,that person is eligible for the death penalty at Terre Haute!
      Cannot say it often enough, these politicians took an oath to uphold the CONSTITUTION of the United States and therefore cannot whine that they do not have to enforce Federal Law. Every judge or politician blocking that wall is providing material aid and support to Narco Terrorists. Anyone who provides “sanctuary” to an illegal is harboring criminals, PERIOD. And if that illegal commits a crime the sanctuary providers is a ACTIVE ACCOMPLICE to the crime and is PERSONALLY Financially Liable for FULL restitution and gets to serve time for the crime…….. Make them pay a price for their evil ……. If the “Appointed Defenders” of Our HOUSE refuse to do their duty, they are accomplices and personally responsible for the results. “Public Officials” That refuse to enforce the immigration laws and provide “sanctuary” to ILLEGALS automatically assume personal financial responsibility for ANY crimes and any damages created by said ILLEGALS. They also are accessories to any crimes committed by their ILLEGALS and should be JAILED as Accomplices. Same applies to any priest/church that provides “sanctuary” Take all their assets for reparations and jail them as accomplices to the crimes .

    • V.Lombardi // March 6, 2019 at 6:40 am // Reply

      I am a Trump supporter, not enough people can see that Trump is not a very tough person, is not using his powers to fulfill his duty.

  5. Hold the politicians ACCOUNTABLE for any crimes committed by these illegals against any taxpayer.

  6. william chandler // March 5, 2019 at 3:23 pm // Reply

    Where are all the FAT MOUTHS who are rich thanks to “talk radio” and conservatism? Why are Limbaugh, Beck, Savage,etc,etc not MAN enough to file suits? God knows they have piled up enough RICHES. All they care about is THEIR MONEY and selling ghost written PABLUM books. They should be backing lawsuits by “Angel Families” against the Criminal “sanctuary” enablers.

  7. OldStockAmerican // March 5, 2019 at 4:19 pm // Reply

    Oh give me a break, there’s way more than 5,000.

  8. The Feds need to go in and arrest the police that are releasing these criminals. Charge them with aiding and abetting the invasion of the United States and jail them for life.

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