This week, the California State Legislature is considering a measure to allow criminal aliens in law enforcement custody to refuse any interview with federal immigration. By giving criminal aliens the ability to opt out of a meeting with ICE, Assembly Bill 2792 (AB 2792) essentially allows even the most dangerous criminal aliens to be released back into California communities after their sentences are served.
California law already requires state and local law enforcement officials to refuse cooperation with ICE in almost all cases, unless the criminal alien has been convicted of a serious or violent crime. AB 2792, however, goes farther and requires state and local law enforcement officers to provide any criminal alien in custody notice that an interview with ICE is optional and gives them the ability to refuse any interaction with ICE while in law enforcement custody. By doing so, AB 2792 essentially allows deportable aliens to choose whether ICE has access to law enforcement facilities and allows criminal aliens the ability avoid the enforcement of immigration law.
AB 2792 is currently awaiting a floor vote in the Senate. If passed by the Senate, the Assembly must concur on the bill’s amendments. Governor Jerry Brown (D) has not yet indicated whether he supports the bill.
Incredible, isn't it? Someone commits a crime and they are allowed to refuse to be questioned by ICE on their immigration status! Things just keep getting worse and worse, which I suppose is good for our cause, but still!
I mean when you're arrested, you have the right to refuse to answer any questions you feel may incriminate you, but you don't have the right to stop the police from asking them.
I can somewhat understand them doing this with piddly little stuff like shoplifting or reckless driving, but when someone is arrested for something serious like armed robbery or murder and are still protected from immigration authorities then something is really wrong.
Last Sunday was the first I've heard of this. At this point it has PASSED the state assembly and will be voted on by the senate sometime this week, most likely. Both the senate and the assembly are predominantly Mestizo so it has a good chance of passing there as well. And although Gov. Brown is White, he has proven himself a friend to the Mestizos.
Hey, he knows which way the wind is blowing here in California. He knows if he wants to stay in politics he has to side with them. Not to mention the fact that California is the most liberal state in the country. If he stands against them in anything he wouldn't be able to get elected as judge at a county fair.
I'll post more when I know more.