Jeanne Ives Responds to California Becoming a Sanctuary State

Written by John Biver

This quote is from a news release by the Jeanne Ives for Governor campaign:

California Governor Jerry Brown, one of the most liberal Governors in the nation, has found a political role model in Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner. Brown recently followed Rauner’s lead, allowing a sanctuary state law to take effect in California this week.

Democrats and Rauner Republicans have been denying that Illinois is a sanctuary state since the governor signed SB31 into law this past year. Unfortunately, the language of the statute is clear — state and local law enforcement is hindered from working with federal law enforcement to enforce federal immigration laws.

The Ives news released cites an interview with the acting ICE director:

In an interview with Fox Business’ Neil Cavuto, Acting Immigration and Customs Enforcement Director Thomas Homan called the choice “a political decision. Not a law enforcement decision.” Homan said [Governor] Brown “knowingly and intentionally put law enforcement at risk. It put American communities at risk.” Homan went on to say, “If [Brown] thinks he is protecting the immigrant community, he is doing quite the opposite. If he thinks ICE is going away, we’re not. As a matter of fact, we’re going to significantly increase our presence… If politicians in California don’t want to protect their communities, ICE will.”

Rauner’s name can easily be substituted for Brown’s in that paragraph.

Governor Rauner found another way to add to the long list of Illinois’ problems. His primary opponent Jeanne Ives released the following statement in response to the Fox News interview with Thomas Homan:

“Mr. Homan’s comments could very easily apply to Illinois, which Governor Rauner made a sanctuary state by signing SB31 last year. Sanctuary policies make all of us less safe. Liberal elites, like Jerry Brown and Bruce Rauner, are very cavalier with the lives of other people. They use people as the means to their political ends. Brown and Rauner believe they are above the law. And, therefore, believe they can decide who has to follow it and who does not. I will lead the charge against the pandering political class.”

Chicago continues to make national headlines due to its crime rate — “2017 ended with nearly 3,400 shootings and almost 650 homicides in the city of Chicago alone,” the Ives news release notes.

The motivation behind creating sanctuaries for illegal aliens is not a mystery. Democrats seek additional voters and corporate America seeks cheap labor. Unfortunately, these sanctuary policies increase crime and decrease public safety.

On Tucker Carlson’s Fox News Show, Carlson reported newly reported statistics:

According to statistics from the U.S. Sentencing Commission, noncitizens are actually far more likely to commit serious crimes than Americans are. Noncitizens account for 22%, more than a fifth of all federal murder convictions, 18% of fraud convictions, 33% of money laundering convictions, 29% of drug trafficking convictions and 72% of convictions for drug possession.

Meanwhile, the noncitizen percentage of the American population? About 7%. So that is a massively disproportionate amount of crime. Not even close. No immigrants are not more law-abiding and less dangerous than Americans. That’s totally untrue. Indeed, it’s the opposite of the truth. Noncitizens are more likely to be arrested, convicted and imprisoned for serious crimes than people who were born here — much more likely.

In a state that can’t pay its bills, has greatly lavished over-promised retirements for its government employees, and is losing taxpayers by the thousands, increasing the danger to those still here is incredibly foolish.

The Ives news release points out what is obvious to everyone but Rauner and the Democrats:

As leaders, we should be focused on protecting families, not criminals. Governor Rauner betrayed law-abiding families in favor of political pandering.

Jeanne Ives also said:

Sanctuary states protect those who violate the law at the expense of those who follow the law. It pits law enforcement agencies against one another rather than encouraging cooperation in the interests of making communities safer. Governor Rauner’s sanctuary state policy should be repealed. As governor, I won’t pretend not to be in charge. I will lead this charge to protect our citizens. With Republican colleagues like John Cabello, who has introduced a repeal of the inanely named Trust Act, and downstate Democrats, we will repeal this extreme and dangerous policy.

You can watch the Tucker Carlson clip as well as the interview with Thomas Homan here:

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