Release Date:  July 8, 2015
Contact:  Kent S. Scheidegger
(916) 446-0345

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The Sacramento-based Criminal Justice Legal Foundation claims that California policies which protect illegals from deportation are enabling alien criminals.

According to the CJLF, the July 1 San Francisco murder of 32-year-old Kathryn Steinle, by an illegal alien who had been deported five times, was just another tragic result of California’s encouragement of illegal immigration and refusal to protect its citizens from alien criminals.

“This certainly was not the first example of illegal aliens murdering innocent Californians, and it will not be the last. The state’s political leaders, including the Governor, share responsibility for this,” said CJLF President Michael Rushford.

In 2013, the Legislature passed, and Governor Jerry Brown signed, the “Trust Act” into law to protect illegal aliens from deportation. Last year he signed a law giving illegal aliens driver’s licenses. This year, the Governor signed a state budget which includes an estimated $132 million to expand government funded health coverage to illegal immigrants under 19 years old and another $20.9 million to cover older illegal immigrants allowed to stay under the President’s executive order last fall.

“These policies have created a powerful magnet drawing thousands of illegals across our border every year; and, along with those seeking jobs and government benefits, are criminals seeking to re-enter California to commit crimes,” added Rushford.

Border Patrol agents report that for every illegal caught at the U. S. border, three escape capture. Here are some examples of illegals caught at the California border over the past month;

July 2, 2015, Salton City, CA. Border Patrol agents arrested a Mexican citizen at the Highway 86 checkpoint after discovering 19 lbs. of cocaine hidden in his vehicle’s transfer case.

June 30, 2015, San Diego, CA. U.S. Customs officers intercepted 854 lbs. of narcotics valued at $4.5 million at the California/Mexico border, including 507 lbs. of marijuana, 185 lbs. of methamphetamine, 114 lbs. of cocaine, and 58 lbs. of heroin. The suspect was a 43-year-old Mexican citizen.

June 30, 2015, Calexico, CA. Border Patrol agents stopped a Ford F150 that was disguised as an Imperial Irrigation District service vehicle and discovered 14 illegal immigrants hiding in the truck bed and passenger cabin. A 23-year-old U.S. citizen was driving the truck.

June 23, 2015, Calexico, CA. Border Patrol agents apprehended a previously deported convicted sex-offender that illegally crossed the U.S. border. Thirty-six-year-old Juan Arriaga Nunez was facing charges of sexual abuse of a minor and had served time in Oregon for sex offenses.

June 22, 2015, Calexico, CA. Border Patrol agents apprehended 23-year-old Mexican national Hector Morales-Reynoso attempting to illegally cross the California border. Reynoso, a known gang member, is an aggravated felon who served four years in an Illinois prison on firearms charges.

June 17, 2015, Calexico, CA. After a high speed chase, Border Patrol agents arrested a U.S. citizen and two Mexican nationals who were smuggling over 100 lbs. of marijuana.

June 8, 2015, San Clemente, CA. San Diego Border Patrol agents intercepted a Mexican national who had over $400K worth of methamphetamine hidden in the spare tire of his vehicle.

June 3, 2015, Calexico, CA. U.S. Border Patrol agents apprehended an illegal Salvadorian national crossing the California border identified as Alexander Antonio Salinas-Avalos. Salinas is a known member of the particularly violent MS-13 street gang which, according to the FBI, engages in a wide range of criminal activity, including drug distribution, murder, rape, prostitution, robbery, home invasions, immigration offenses, kidnapping, carjackings/auto thefts, and vandalism.

June 2, 2015, Calexico, CA. Border Patrol agents apprehended 29-year-old Marvin Ulises Galeano-Fuentes, a Salvadorian national trying to enter the United States with a fraudulent U.S. birth certificate and California ID card. Galeano is wanted for sexual assault by police in Greely, Colorado.

“All of these illegal aliens were coming into California to commit crimes and benefit from the protection that the state provides for those who manage to escape arrest at the border, and the top priority for the Legislature and Governor this year was to increase health benefits of illegals at the taxpayer’s expense,” he concluded.

CJLF President Michael Rushford is available for further comment at (916) 446-0345.