Handcuffing Law Enforcement


By Michael Greer

At last week’s Sheriff’s Civilian Oversight Committee meeting they read a draft of their recommendations to Sheriff McDonnell, who at present is co-operating with ICE. 

1. That the Sheriff’s Department not honor immigration holds – holding inmates longer than their release date so that ICE has extra time to take them into custody – unless required by state or federal law. 

2. That the Sheriff’s Department not disseminate information about the release status or other confidential information concerning an inmate unless required by state or federal law.

3. That the Sheriff’s Department not provide information to ICE if not available to the public.

4. That the department avoid responding to ICE requests for backup or assistance on operations that lack “exigent circumstances,” such as lives being at risk.

5. Not giving ICE officials prioritized access to space and equipment inside its inmate reception center.

6. And to consider limiting the use of department resources for coordination with ICE without federal reimbursement.

During the public comments I said, of course we want law enforcement agencies to co-operate with each other. Where would we be if they didn’t? What if each state said they wouldn’t share their DNA or fingerprint data with other agencies? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RH-_YZNDZD0


They informed us that before they submit their recommendations members of the public could  make an appointment to speak to the Ad-Hoc committee for ten minutes to voice their agreement or opposition to their recommendations. The following is what I said to the committee:

“I’ve come to speak today because the people being disenfranchised are not the illegal aliens. The disenfranchised are the legal, natural born citizens of California. Not a single California representative or governing body represents us. Due to legal and illegal immigration, we are now a one party state and WE have no seat at the table, WE have no voice. We may not be the majority in California anymore but we are the majority in the country. I gave you two articles, one from The Hill and one from the Washington Times that say the majority of American citizens (I believe it’s 80%) from both sides of the political spectrum want less immigration altogether. https://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2018/jan/22/shock-poll-us-wants-massive-cuts-legal-immigration/  

They also say the majority of us oppose Sanctuary Cities or States. http://thehill.com/homenews/administration/320487-poll-americans-overwhelmingly-oppose-sanctuary-cities

Our founding documents say our government is to govern by the consent of the governed. Our government has NEVER had our consent for unlimited immigration or open borders. In fact ,we have made it ABUNDANTLY clear that we want secure borders and an end to illegal immigration. People are painfully aware and understandably angry that our representatives don’t care what we want. 

I grew up in California and I remember what California was like before the 1986 Amnesty and what it’s like now. Homelessness, poverty and crime have risen in tandem with the increase in immigration from the south. It is undeniable. California used to be the Golden state. It’s now the poverty capital of the country. 

Believe me I get the concern about children brought here by their parents. I understand not wanting to punish people who are behaving responsibly. But let’s not pretend they are all college grads, business owners, or serving in the military. A large percentage of them commit crimes, and yes, they ARE more likely to commit crimes than we are. I also gave you a study that shows illegals commit crimes at double the rate of native born citizens. https://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2018/jan/26/illegals-commit-crimes-double-rate-native-born-stu/

But what I don’t get is protecting illegal alien CRIMINALS. You and I both know they more than likely to reoffend if released into the community. We expect our law enforcement to protect US not illegal alien CRIMINALS. And we expect all law enforcement agencies to co-operate with each other because that’s their job……to protect us. That is actually the PRIMARY job of government according to the Constitution. I find it impossible to believe that I actually have to beg you to allow our Sheriff to do the job he took an oath to do. 

I’ve worked extensively with American born minorities who are against illegal immigration. I’ve spent time in their communities. So, if illegals are less likely to commit crimes, as your committee has asserted in the past, why do all the houses and businesses in their communities have bars on the windows and doors and high fences around their property? The truth is that minority communities are those most likely to be victims of illegal alien criminals. 

Jamiel Shaw Sr. is my friend. I’ve been a guest in his house and I’ve seen where his son was shot dead a few feet from his home by an illegal alien who SHOULD have been turned over to ICE. In fact I’ve met dozens of people from the Remembrance Project who have lost loved ones to illegal aliens. 

Let me use the argument our representatives use when imposing unrealistic gun regulations on law abiding citizens, “if it saves one life it’s worth it”. Well, if it saved Jamiel Shaw or Kate Steinle or the thousands of other victims of illegal aliens to turn their killers over to ICE, it would be worth it.

I firmly support the Sheriff co-operating with ICE, and all law enforcement agencies. No one is asking Sheriffs to round up illegal aliens. But we ARE asking them to co-operate with ICE. You said you didn’t want Sheriffs to provide back up for ICE.  But why wouldn’t they? They provide backup for the FBI. I’ve never seen law enforcement agencies unwilling to back each other up. You also said you don’t want ICE to have access to illegal aliens records that are not public record. Why are illegal aliens records not public? American citizen’s records are? Not co-operating with ICE puts us all in jeopardy. I’ve been dumbfounded by how hard your committee has worked to protect illegal alien criminals and prevent Sheriff McDonnell from doing the job we WANT him to do, enforce the law. 

Finally, the last hand out I gave you was former Colorado Governor Lamm’s speech, “Eight Steps to Destroy America”. It was supposed to be a warning but, apparently, it became a guideline. I challenge you to read it and honestly consider what those steps have done to this country. 


Thank you.” 

There were the three members of the Ad-Hoc Committee in the room as well as several other people, I assume were staff. The members were very polite and there were several points I made they seemed to take notice of. Several nodded when I said American citizens have no representation. They also seemed to pay attention when I said California went from the Golden State to the poverty capital of the country. 

While we can always hope our words will influence some of them, ultimately, I doubt it will cause them to change their recommendations. We can hope the Sheriff will file their recommendations in his circular file and continue to do what he wants to do, what he promised to do, enforce the law and protect us from criminals.  

Michael GreerMichael Greer retired from the film/television industry and is the co-organizer of the Santa Monica Tea Party and the Los Angeles Tea Party, on the board of directors of the Citizens’ Alliance for Property Rights and was a member of the Republican Central Committee for the 41st Assembly District.  She is also president of American Freedom Alliance.  Her website is:  http://madderthanhell.wordpress.com/

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