Assembly Candidate and Corona Mayor Jeff Miller has issued a press release, Red County OC BlogÃ‚Â has commented on it, John and Ken are raising money to send undocumented immigrants to San Francisco, and various anti-illegal immigration activists have their panties in a bunch over it. What are they all upset about?
NineÃ‚Â years ago the city/county of San Francisco declared that it was a sanctuary city.Ã‚Â With that declaration came the assurance that city and county employees would not assist federal authorities in the enforcement of federal immigration laws including reporting to federal authorities the immigration status of individuals seeking assistance from police, fire and public health services programs in the city.Ã‚Â The declaration did not mean that the city would utilize federal resources to fund services for undocumented immigrants, which in some cases would be contrary to federal law.Ã‚Â It simply meant that the city and county of San Francisco would not report the immigration status of individuals to the federal government, which is not required by federal law.
In response to recent federal immigration raids in San Francisco which have cause some undocumented immigrants to fear reporting crimes or seek treatment for illnesses that could endanger public health, San Francisco has decided to spend the modest sum of $83,000 to advertise the fact that regardless of their legal status, no immigrant should fear being reported to federal authorities if they seek services in the city/county or report criminal activity.
The LATimes reported:
This week, the city launched a campaign featuring TV and radio ads, billboards and bus signs reminding residents of its status as a sanctuary city for illegal immigrants. The $83,000 blitz will include brochures distributed at police stations and hospitals, promising safe access to city services regardless of residency status.
“We’re inviting people to come out of the shadows and take advantage of services,” said Mayor Gavin Newsom. San Francisco has tried to make this point clear for years.
Since it became a sanctuary city in 1989, the city has barred employees from assisting federal officials with immigration investigations or arrests. But Newsom said recent Immigration and Customs Enforcement raids in San Francisco and the Bay Area convinced him the city needed to do more.
City officials wanted to remind illegal workers that the city would not play a part in any possible discrimination they might encounter at the hands of the federal government, the mayor said.
In America all residents needÃ‚Â to act responsibly and proactively to make their community and America a better place.Ã‚Â There are many ways to do this, but one simple way would be to contact your police department when a crime is taking place.Ã‚Â Many of us do this without hesitation, but there are some around us who fear contacting their police department due to their official status in this country.Ã‚Â Their status has nothing to do with their desire to do for their community.
San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom has initiated an advertising campaign to inform residents that the City and County of San Francisco supports the efforts of all of its residents to report crimes to the police department and that they will not be punished for their status by contacting the police department.Ã‚Â
Those who believe that if you ignore and shun illegal immigrants that they will go away and all of America’s problems will be magically solved have begun to criticize Mayor Newsom. What part of common sense don’t some people get.
Miller states in his press statement:
“San Francisco’s City Council and Mayor always seem to be on the wrong side of the law, be it gay marriage or illegal immigration,” said Miller.Ã‚Â Ã‚Â “The city is spending tax dollars on advertising to welcome illegal aliens to their city, making a mockery of our nation’s federal immigration laws. California’s taxpayers should not send one more dollar to San Francisco until Mayor Newsom and the City Council agree to drop this insulting campaign and start obeying the law.”
Then there is Lady Jefferson Davis Fingers over on Red County/OC Blog who opines with outrage:
It is San Francisco’s FORMAL POLICY to NOT report illegal immigrants to federal immigration agents when they visit public health clinics or hospitals, enroll their children in school, report a crime or seek other city services OR APPLY FOR BENEFITS.
Then she wraps up her comments with:
Perhaps someone has some statistics but I believe that most of Northern California is actually supported by Southern California taxwise.Ã‚Â SoÃ‚Â perhaps we should let John and Ken and their Radio show get the ball rolling, send all the illegal aliens to Northern CA, then a fun idea would be to split CA into TWO state, Northern CA and Southern CA.Ã‚Â Then we would NOT have to beg Sacramento to get our own money back.Ã‚Â You know, there is North Dakota and South Dakota, there is Virginia and West Virginia, there is North Carolina and South Carolina…perhaps California should start thinking about this…..
Anonymous said in response:
Relax Lady Jefferson Davis Fingers.
Do you think it is better for a person who does not have citizen status to not report crimes for fear that they will be deported?
Do you believe that most immigrants who come to the U.S. without going through the bureaucracy commit serious crimes once they are in the U.S.?
Mayor Gavin Newsom is dealing with spikes in crime that are similar in most major U.S. cities. The difference between him and other leaders is that he enlisting ALL of his city’s residents for help, not criminalizing him.
This is an election year. If you don’t like the way the government is handling the immigration issue, the vote for somebody other than Rorabacher, Royce, Campbell, and Miller who have all done nothing to realistically solve the problems associated with illegal immigration.
Couldn’t have said it better myself.Ã‚Â So I won’t try.