‘We are not here nor should we be here to shield admitted gangsters or violent criminals…’
(Kaylee McGhee, Liberty Headlines) Federal immigration officers decried California’s sanctuary city laws this week when an illegal immigrant with prior convictions and multiple arrests stabbed a San Jose, California mother to death.
Before the murder, Santa Clara officials ignored nine requests from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement seeking Carlos Eduardo Arevalo Carranza’s detainment and arrest for his previous crimes.
“This isn’t about politics, this is about public safety,” San Jose Police Chief Eddie Garcia said at a news conference, slamming the state’s decision to release offenders rather than assist ICE.
According to local police, Carranza stalked 59-year-old Bambi Larson and broke into her home.
Carranza’s criminal history is extensive: In 2013, he was arrested for illegally crossing the U.S.-Mexico border and was deported back to Mexico, only to return and be arrested more than 10 times.
At the time of Larson’s murder, Carranza was on probation for false imprisonment, burglary, and the possession of methamphetamine.
“We are here to protect and embrace our otherwise law-abiding undocumented residents,” Garcia said. “We are not here nor should we be here to shield admitted gangsters or violent criminals regardless of immigration status.”
The San Jose Police Officers’ Association agreed and said sanctuary policies are meant to protect law-abiding immigrants, but they often only aid criminals.
“When it comes to policing, there’s a distinct difference between a Dreamer who commits a victimless crime and a violent serial sexual predator with multiple offenses,” the group said in a statement.
“Our society must recognize there’s a difference between someone who is trying to make ends meet for their family, and a self-admitted gang member, a monster who brutally murders an innocent woman in her own home,” the group continued.
ICE field director Erik Bonnar said California’s sanctuary policies have dire consequences for U.S. citizens.
“How many more people have to be killed or injured before California lawmakers will open discussions to revise the state policy prohibiting local law enforcement agencies from working with ICE to apprehend dangerous criminal aliens?” he said in a statement.
“It’s unfortunate that our communities face dangerous consequences because of inflexible state laws that protect criminal aliens,” Bonnar continued. “These sanctuary policies have unintended, but very real, and often tragic consequences to public safety.”