Have the officials in San Francisco lost their minds? The story of Pedro Figueroa-Zarceno is so out there and surreal it is difficult to know where to start. They are looking to settle a lawsuit brought by an illegal immigrant for $190,000.00, and are conducting an investigation with the intent of punishing one of their own law enforcement officers if they find he complied with federal law. I am not spitting out pea soup but my head is definitely spinning.
Let’s start with the fact that the Constitution grants the federal government jurisdiction over immigration, as it is an issue of national security that affects the entire nation, and the fact that this jurisdiction has been upheld by the Supreme Court for two centuries. Logic would then tell us that sanctuary laws passed by state or local legislatures are therefore unconstitutional since our Constitution states that federal law supersedes state or local law regarding powers granted to the federal government. While we at DCoutsider.org are believers in state’s rights and the intended autonomy of the several states, we must also acknowledge that there are some issues that must be under the jurisdiction of a central federal government if we are to function as a nation. Foreign policy and immigration are two such issues.
As reported by KCBS in San Francisco, on December 2, 2015, Pedro Figueroa-Zarceno, an illegal immigrant from El Salvador, was at the police station to retrieve a stolen vehicle. Police ran Figueroa-Zarceno’s name through a national criminal database finding a warrant in the system. This prompted the Sheriff’s Department to contact ICE to confirm the warrant, something the Sheriff’s Department has stated is done as a matter of routine. While Figueroa-Zarceno’s attorney states documentation shows he served a couple of days for a DUI a few years ago, he had no criminal warrants but did have a civil deportation order dating back to 2005. When Figueroa-Zarceno attempted to leave the station approximately thirty minutes later, ICE took him into custody where he was reportedly held for two months. Since his release he has been fighting a deportation order.
So according Figueroa-Zarceno’s attorney, the Sheriff’s Department found no criminal warrants, but did find a civil deportation order along with a previous arrest for DUI. Law enforcement in San Francisco had a man who was in the country illegally, had a prior arrest on his record, and a civil deportation order, yet the powers that be in this city are claiming that this information should have been ignored in violation of federal law. I cannot wrap my head around their thought processes.
Figueroa-Zarceno then files a lawsuit because he believes he was treated badly, in other words detained pursuant to being an illegal with a deportation order. Pending confirmation of the $190,000.00 settlement by San Francisco supervisors, San Francisco may be setting a very dangerous precedent by rewarding this man for breaking the law, while at the same time punishing one of their own law enforcement officers for following the law. Seems like a recipe for anarchy.
Tucker Carlson asked an interesting question during his show last night; he wanted to know if San Francisco would protect him or give him sanctuary if he had a warrant out from another state for tax evasion or if San Francisco’s sanctuary policy was limited to assisting illegal immigrants and did not apply to American Citizens that had broken the law. He added that this seemed discriminatory.
Should San Francisco confirm this settlement and use tax payer dollars to reward a man for ignoring the laws of our nation, ALL federal funding to San Francisco should cease immediately. If the people of San Francisco choose to elect officials that are willing to spend tax dollars in this manner, then it should be the people of San Francisco, and only the people of San Francisco, footing the bill for such insanity.