President Donald J. Trump Tuesday addressed the blight of so-called “sanctuary” jurisdictions during his annual State of the Union speech, highlighting the story of an American citizen killed by an illegal alien.
In 2018, Rocky Jones was the victim of a murder in Tulare County, CA. According to several reports, Jones was killed by a violent illegal alien who was only free to roam the streets because he was let out of jail due to California’s “sanctuary” policies. The state does not cooperate with federal law enforcement agencies like U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) when ICE places detainers on illegal aliens arrested by local law enforcement.
In many cases, that lack of cooperation has deadly consequences.
The man who killed Rocky Jones, Gustavo Garcia, had previously been arrested for violent crimes and deported from the United States. He was in jail prior to the shooting, but California’s sanctuary state policy resulted in his release with little or no notice to federal immigration officers. A few days later, he went on a 24-hour crime spree , injuring several people, robbing a gas station, leading law enforcement on a high-speed chase, and killing the 51-year old Rocky.
“Rocky was at a gas station when this vile criminal fired eight bullets at him from close range, murdering him in cold blood,” President Trump said during his State of the Union address.
Jones received a standing ovation — except from Democrats — when he was recognized by the 45th President.
“Jody, our hearts weep for your loss and we will not rest until you have justice,” President Trump said.
Jones joined Fox News after the speech to discuss at length the death of his brother, and also provided insight into the dysfunctional “sanctuary” policies of the state of California.
“[Rocky] was murdered by Gustavo Garcia,” Jones said. “He was an illegal immigrant. He was a criminal. He was deported twice before. The second time [he committed a crime] he actually did federal time. He was arrested two days prior for being under the influence, and now, in California, it is a misdemeanor, and so they released him in 10 hours.”
“ICE faxed over a detainer to [the] Tulare County Sheriff’s Department,” he continued. “They couldn’t honor it because of SB-54, so they released him because they have to have a federal warrant now. Two days later, he just went on that reign of terror and unfortunately my brother, along with several others, were in his line of sight, and it wasn’t good.”
SB-54 is the California law that bars local law enforcement from using any resources to help federal law enforcement.
“Sanctuary” locales have been made the job of federal law enforcement much more difficult.
Tuesday, The Rundown News reported on an illegal alien who had been arrested six times, and who, with the help of the city’s District Attorney, had escaped three separate ICE detainers. Philadelphia is a “sanctuary” city.
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