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More than four years after his son was brutally murdered by an illegal alien, Jamiel Shaw Sr. has watched as his home state of California has become more, not less, friendly to illegal aliens. With AB 1081 on the cusp of becoming law, Shaw is speaking out and warning people that if it becomes law more families will experience the same tragedy his family has endured.
“It’s the exact same problem that happened with my son,” said Shaw Sr. in an interview with Front Page Magazine. AB 1081 will effectively end cooperation between the State of California and Immigration and Customs Enforcement on ICE detainers.
ICE detainers are holds, up to two business days, that ICE places on municipal prisoners that ICE wants in their custody. Suspected illegal aliens who would otherwise be released, be it because they made bail or because their prison sentences ended, are instead held for up to two more business days with these detainers so that ICE officials can come and get them.
The controversy in mostly far-left precincts started when the Secure Communities program, first introduced under President George Bush, saw enormous growth under President Barack Obama. Secure Communities gives ICE finger-tip access to all sorts of personal data for any municipal prisoner in the Secure Communities network. Currently about eighty percent of all counties have signed up for Secure Communities.
Once a suspected illegal alien is identified by ICE, the normal procedure is to put an ICE detainer on that individual. In so doing, the municipal prison would hold that prisoner rather than releasing them at the end of their prison sentence.
Far-left groups like the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) cried foul. They claimed that Secure Communities was being used to target suspected illegal aliens who committed minor traffic violations like speeding.
In response, a growing number of liberal municipalities and states passed laws ending, or at least significantly curbing, their cooperation with ICE detainers. Governor Cuomo of New York signed an executive order ending cooperation between his state and ICE on detainers. The results there were deadly. Luis Rodriguez-Flamenco, 24, an illegal alien, killed a woman outside a Wal-Mart in Albion, New York after he was released from prison because an ICE detainer was ignored.
The legislature in Cook County, which includes Chicago, passed a similar ordinance in September 2011 with comparable results. In November, Saul Chavez was released from prison and promptly missed his next court date. He’s now considered a fugitive, believed to be back in his native Mexico. In June, he viciously and violently killed a pedestrian, Denny McCann, while driving drunk as McCann attempted to cross the street. Chavez took a breathalyzer that evening and registered a .27, almost three times the legal limit. McCann, 68 at the time of his death, was dragged about two hundred feet before dying. Chavez was released because an ICE detainer was ignored as a result of the Cook County ordinance.
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