Sacramento Sheriff Testifies in D.C. About Sanctuary City Problems

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SACRAMENTO --

Sacramento County Sheriff Scott Jones had tough words to share to about some undocumented immigrants as he testified before part of the U.S. House Judiciary Committee about the dangerous loopholes he sees in America's immigration policy.

"They're an important, vital part of our community. Unfortunately there's also a part of that community that chooses to victimize others as a way of life," he said.

He's talking about the kind of people abusing the kind of loopholes he says allow repeatedly deported men, like Luis Enriquez Monroy Bracamontes and Juan Francisco Lopez Sanchez, to have allegedly killed one of the deputies on his own force and a young San Francisco woman walking with her father on Pier 14.

For Jones, the problem comes down to local jurisdictions being bullied into inaction on immigration enforcement detainers under threat of suit by the ACLU.

"I have it on good authority that the San Francisco Sheriff's Department has not contacted ICE for any reason in over three years despite being served with many detainers during that time period.  It's deplorable and reprehensible," Jones said.

"I cannot protect my community from these offenders," he said.

The Center for Immigration Studies reports that in the first eight months of 2014, so-called "sanctuary cities" for immigration offenders like Davis and San Francisco, refused to comply with Department of Homeland Security detainers for 8,145  undocumented people.

Following their release, in those same eight months, 1,867 of them were arrested again for new criminal offenses.

With the House pushing forward a bill by California Congressman Duncan Hunter to stop some federal aid flowing to cities that aren't detainer compliant, Immigration and Border Security Chairman Trey Gowdy is also working on a security measure in honor of Sacramento County Deputy Danny Oliver and Placer County Deputy Michael Davis.

They were both gunned down last October during a crime spree in the Sacramento region.

It would provide cover for  states and localities enacting and enforcing immigration policy consistent with federal law, even if the federal government doesn't take action nationally.

Devastated parents are speaking out along with law officers.

"Kate fell...looked  at me and said, 'Help me dad.' Those are the last words I'll ever hear from my daughter," said Jim Steinle, as he remembered losing his daughter on Pier 14.

Advocates hope the timing might be right for the country to listen, but the White House is already hinting at a veto if some of the legislation proposed passes.

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