November 4, 2015
Challenging the USA
San Francisco Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi
Fox News -- November 4, 2015
San Francisco sheriff loses re-election bid amid 'sanctuary city' controversy
Embattled San Francisco Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi convincingly lost his bid for re-election Tuesday after spending months in the national spotlight as the face of his city's controversial "sanctuary city" policy on illegal immigration.
Mirkarimi, 54, was defeated by Vicki Hennessy, a former sheriff's official who had the endorsement of San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee and the sheriff deputies association. With 42 percent of precincts reporting, Henessy had received 63 percent of the vote to 31 percent for Mirkarimi.
Mirkarimi and his office received heavy criticism after Mexican illegal immigrant Francisco Sanchez allegedly shot and killed 32-year-old Kate Steinle on San Francisco's waterfront July 1. Sanchez had been released from Mirkarimi's jail in March even though federal immigration officials had requested that he be detained for possible deportation.
San Francisco declared itself a sanctuary city in 1989, passing an ordinance that bans city officials from enforcing immigration laws or asking about immigration status unless required by law or court order. A follow-up ordinance in 2013 allows detention only under a court order targeting violent felons. Last month, San Francisco's board of supervisors unanimously approved a resolution to maintain the city's sanctuary status.
Glenn Spencer -- American Patrol Report
The Break Up of America? -- It started in L.A.
The entire problem of sanctuary cities began in Los Angeles in 1979.
(I am sorry to say that Special Order 40, the rule that restricted the LAPD from cooperating with the INS, began in Los Angeles under Chief Gates. My brother worked for Gates and rose to become an LAPD Commander.)
The seemingly innocuous language seemed to Chief Gates to be harmless.
"Special Order 40 has been following me all these years. It was written at a different time in history, when the state attorney general said illegal entry was not our business, no one was paying attention to the influx of illegals into Southern California, and the community did not seem to be concerned." --- Daryl Gates, 2008
I became concerned with illegal immigration in the 1980s and, in 1992 I retired to spend full time on the issue. In 1994, I appeared before the L.A. City Council to oppose Special Order 40, which by this time had morphed into full sanctuary against enforcement of immigration laws.
Now, twenty-one years later sanctuary cities are a cancer on America, threatening the very sovereignty of our nation. But make no mistake about it --- just as the will of the people was denied under Proposition 187, the forces arrayed against us are enormous and it is not going to be easy to stop this movement --- if we can at all.
The next presidential election will answer that question.