California went too far in recent trial verdict

The shock of a San Francisco jury finding an illegal immigrant not guilty of murder or involuntary manslaughter — or assault with a semi-automatic weapon — in the death of Kate Steinle may be wearing off a bit, but we still have a major issue when California Gov. Jerry Brown signed a bill in October making the entire state of California a “sanctuary state.”

Senate Bill 54 becomes effective in January, and it means no law officer in the state will assist ICE in apprehending any of California’s 2.3 million illegal immigrants. California sanctuary proponents claim “states’ rights” under Amendment 10 and court rulings that have found the federal government cannot make state and local officials help them to enforce federal laws.

Well, news flash: Article VI, clause 2 of the U.S. Constitution states the following: “This Constitution and the Laws of the United States which shall be made in pursuance thereof ... shall be the supreme law of the land; and the judges in every state shall be bound thereby, any thing in the Constitution or laws of any state to the contrary notwithstanding.”

The law governing illegal immigration is found in the U.S. Code 1324. It is extensive and clearly makes it a crime for anyone knowing or in reckless disregard of the fact that an alien has come to, entered or remains in the U.S., in violation of law, conceals, harbors or shields from detection such alien in any place.

Additionally, if this illegal immigrant causes serious bodily injury or death, the party shielding or has recklessly disregarded this person’s illegal status faces the death penalty.

Is the latter the reason the jury did not convict him of murder or manslaughter — upon learning what the penalty could be for the San Francisco mayor and board of supervisors?

Do we live by the rule of law or rule by the rogue mayor of San Francisco and the Jerry Browns of America who would not turn over a five-time deportee felon to ICE, as requested?

Charles K. Misak

Toano

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