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Dan Gilmore / August 14, 2015

Tangled Legal Web Prevents Immigration Law Enforcement

For local municipalities, broken immigration polices cut both ways.

For local municipalities, broken immigration polices cut both ways. You’re dammed if you follow them, dammed if you don’t. An illegal immigrant, who was arrested Tuesday after being charged with severely beating a two-year-old, was freed from jail Friday, after his $100,000 bail was posted, even though federal immigration enforcement asked that he remain in custody. Among her injuries, the girl had two broken arms, a broken leg and a compressed spine. She was also running a fever of 107 degrees. As for the suspect, Francisco Javier Chavez, he was previously deported. But unlike the murder of Kathryn Steinle in San Francisco, the breakdown in the enforcement of immigration law wasn’t because local government declared itself a sanctuary city. The tangle of state laws and court precedent tied the hands of law enforcement in San Luis Obispo County. County Sheriff Ian Parkinson told Fox News, “The law actually does not give us the right to place an ICE hold, unless there is a warrant for them. That is why we are united in California and asking that this be fixed and changed, because at end of the day we are the ones who have to let them out the door.” These incidents show that we don’t simply need a tweak in our nation’s immigration policy, nor do we need a few executive orders to simply complicate the situation. Instead, we need comprehensive, top-to-bottom, immigration reform.

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