An immigration enforcement advocate finds it “shameful” that California’s sanctuary policy may have allowed an illegal immigrant to set a wildfire that killed dozens and damaged property and structures worth billions of dollars.

The acting director of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Tom Homan, confirmed last week that a man arrested in connection with setting a fire in Sonoma County’s “Wine Country” is an illegal alien from Mexico who has been twice returned to his “home country.”

Homan also confirmed that ICE had issued detainer requests for the suspect five times in the past year alone, including one issued on October 16 in relation to his most recent arrest on suspicion of arson.

All of the arrests were made by Sonoma County on various felony and misdemeanor charges, but ICE was never notified of the suspect’s various releases.

Jessica Vaughan serves as director of policy studies at the Center for Immigration Studies. The former foreign service officer with the State Department says this case is an indictment on California’s sanctuary law.

“Governor Jerry Brown signed that legislation into law even after all we know about these public safety disasters that occur as a result of these policies,” she tells OneNewsNow. “It’s absolutely shameful.”

According to Vaughan, a very reliable poll found that about 77 percent of California voters oppose sanctuary policies. “And yet they keep re-electing representatives who impose these sanctuary policies,” she states.

“I don’t understand why Californians continue to put up with it. I guess they get Election Day amnesia or something.”

Vaughan says that’s why she thinks it is important for the Justice Department to crack down on states and jurisdictions that give sanctuary to illegal alien criminals.

Damage estimates from the Sonoma fires range from $2 billion to $6 billion. The Northern California fires left a reported 42 dead, 23 of them in Sonoma County.


Copyright American Family News. Reprinted with permission.

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