“The ACLU is creating more national immigration policy than the federal government.” That was Sacramento County Sheriff Scott Jones back in 2015, after the American Civil Liberties Union sent letters to sheriff’s departments across the country explaining that immigration detainers are requests, not commands, and threatening legal action with those sheriffs who comply.
Since more than 200 jurisdictions failed to honor all ICE detainers, Jones said, “we’ve become a de facto sanctuary state.” California is now an actual sanctuary state, and has made false-documented illegals, even violent criminals, a privileged, protected class. The ACLU still takes measures to ensure that no criminals ever get deported.
Of the 1,303 immigrants at Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department facilities in 2017, 83 percent of those detainees were Hispanic. That year ICE conducted 51 interviews at county facilities, barely 2 percent of all law enforcement interviews that took place. Yet ACLU attorney Sean Riordan expressed concern about, “the experiences people have had in being transferred from sheriff’s custody to ICE custody.”
The ACLU also strives to keep the U.S. border open for virtually anybody who wants to cross it, for any reason. In August, the ACLU filed a lawsuit against the Trump administration over its decision to remove asylum protections for victims of domestic and gang violence.
“This is a naked attempt by the Trump administration to eviscerate our country’s asylum protections,” ACLU attorney Jennifer Chang Newell told reporters. “It’s clear the administration’s goal is to deny and deport as many people as possible, as quickly as possible.”
On the other hand, the ACLU favors deportation if the country of origin is a Stalinist dictatorship.
Elizabeth Broton Rodriguez fled Communist Cuba in 1999 and perished with ten others. Her son Elian Gonzalez, age five, was found floating in an inner tube and taken to relatives in Florida. The Clinton administration set out to deport Elian to Communist Cuba, and the ACLU agreed.
ACLU attorney Brenda Bernstein Shapiro blasted “the failure to return Elian to his father,” still in Cuba. The ACLU also urged the court to rejected the concerns of his Miami relatives about custody being determined by the best interests of the child. The ACLU further argued that federal courts must have jurisdiction to review Immigration and Naturalization Service decisions on asylum applications.
When Clinton Attorney General Janet Reno deployed a SWAT team to grab Elian from relatives, the ACLU said in statement that “law enforcement officers have a right to protect themselves.” ACLU bosses got what they wanted, the return of a child to the dictatorship of Fidel Castro.
When “unaccompanied minors” now show up at the southern border, the ACLU does not want to send them back to their parents in Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador. And the ACLU does not want ICE agents looking for criminal illegals in American jails. As Reagan Attorney General Edwin Meese said, the ACLU is a criminals’ lobby, also concerned about the rights of terrorists.
After the Boston Marathon bombing in 2013, the ACLU’s major concern was that police would question the suspect without reading his Miranda rights. In 2016, the ACLU rushed to provide legal counsel to Ahmad Khan Rahami, in custody following a bombing in New York that injured 31, and a gun battle with police.
In 2005 in California, when the FBI made contact with Hamid Hayat about connections with an al-Qaida training camp, the ACLU teamed with CAIR to charge that the FBI had violated Hayat’s rights. In 2006 he was sentenced to 24 years.
In 2009, ACLU boss Anthony Romero said in statement, “Immediately after President Obama took the courageous step of ordering the closure of the illegal detention camp at Guantánamo,” a “chorus of Bush administration apologists” opposed the move. According to Romero, “It was the Bush administration’s detention and torture policies that made us less safe and more reviled by the Muslim world,” and “President Obama’s executive orders are a first step to defusing that hatred and giving us an America we can be proud of again.”
This from a supposedly non-partisan organization dedicated only to civil liberties. In reality, the ACLU always had a problem with America.
ACLU founder Roger Baldwin, wrote that the Soviet Union “has already created liberties far greater than exist elsewhere in the world.” Baldwin was “for Socialism, disarmament, and ultimately the abolishing of the state itself as an instrument of violence and compulsion.” Baldwin headed the ACLU until 1950 and in later years explained, “I wanted what the communists wanted and I traveled the United Front road to get it.”
On January 16, 1981, President Jimmy Carter awarded Roger Baldwin the Presidential Medal of Freedom, praising the ACLU founder as “an inspiration to those of us who have fought for human rights, a saint to those for whom he has gained them.” Any regime that opposed the United States could count on Baldwin’s support, and that bias remains with ACLU.
The public does not elect ACLU bosses, but as Scott Jones sees it, the ACLU is creating immigration policy. For their part, elected representatives might require the ACLU to register as an agent of the foreign governments whose citizens they represent. That requirement might also apply to any U.S. officials who serve the interest of false-documented foreign nationals above the interests of legitimate American citizens and legal immigrants.