'It's Illegal': Man Whose Son Was Killed by Illegal Immigrant Fights CA Sanctuary Law
The father of a man killed by an illegal immigrant is "furious" about California's sanctuary state status and he's putting up a fight.
Don Rosenberg's son, Drew Rosenberg, was on his motorcycle in San Francisco in 2010 when a man who was in the U.S. illegally struck and killed him, running over his body several times in an apparent attempt to flee the scene.
Roberto Galo, a Honduran national, was convicted of misdemeanor vehicular manslaughter, sentenced to six months in jail and ultimately deported in 2013.
Rosenberg said he's "furious" about California's sanctuary policy, and he hopes President Donald Trump's Justice Department will go after state and local officials who refuse to cooperate with federal immigration officials.
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California, which is home to an estimated 2.3 million illegal immigrants, became a sanctuary state on Monday after a bill Democratic Gov. Jerry Brown signed into law in October officially took effect.
The law bars police in the nation's most populous state from asking people about their immigration status or participating in federal immigration enforcement activities in most cases.
"It's not just outrageous what they're doing, it's illegal," Rosenberg said.
He said America is a nation of laws and those laws must be followed, particularly when the consequences of not doing so can be so deadly.
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"In 2016, there were over 52,000 illegal aliens in prison, and collectively they committed about 400,000 crimes, not all in 2016," Rosenberg said. "That's a major, major problem, and they need to do something about it."
He revealed that he's working on an initiative that would repeal California's sanctuary state law and require law enforcement to cooperate with ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement).
He encouraged people to visit fightsanctuarystate.com to donate or get involved.
"We welcome help from all over the country, because whatever starts in California ends up going across the nation," Rosenberg said. "So if we can defeat it here, it'll be a lot harder for it to take hold someplace else."