The Anti-Trump San Jose mayor who refused police protection to Trump supporters has a long history of backing illegal immigrants over his fellow citizens.
Mayor Sam Liccardo warned of an “overreaction” against sanctuary cities after the murder of Kate Steinle by an illegal immigrant last summer.
Defenders of sanctuary cities worry about a national overreaction to the shooting in San Francisco. Sam Liccardo, Democratic mayor of nearby San Jose, said communities should use the shooting as an opportunity to review their sanctuary policies. He worries that cities could pass extreme laws that hurt all immigrants.
“Innovative regions of the world depend on ambitious, creative people who come from other parts of the world to contribute to our economy,” said Liccardo, a former prosecutor whose city is in the heart of Silicon Valley. “I think cities that become viewed as hostile toward immigrants will ultimately be forced to rethink their approach.” (Alan Gomez, “States are cracking down on sanctuary cities,” Associated Press, October 15, 2015).
He worked to abolish a thirty day impounding of cars for unlicensed — and predominately illegal — drivers in 2010.
“I believe that the 30-day impound disproportionately burdened our immigrant community, and this is a rare opportunity for a win-win,” Liccardo said. “The department improves its relationship with the immigrant community while conserving its scarce resources to focus on the kinds of predatory crime that we all care about the most.”
Liccardo marched in a pro-amnesty parade in 2007. “We have too good of a community here not to be heard, and I know we are going to win,” Liccardo said at the time.
Also in 2007, Liccardo fought efforts to get San Jose to follow immigration law.
“The sole priority for the police in San Jose is the safety of its residents, and when people feel reluctant to call 911, we’re all made less safe,” said San Jose Councilman Sam Liccardo, who authored a resolution adopted by the city affirming that otherwise law-abiding illegal immigrants need not be afraid of going to the police. (Juliana Barbassa, “Legal action demands San Jose police turn in illegal immigrants,” The Associated Press, April 6, 2007).
Liccardo even wanted to create a first-ever Office of Immigrant Affairs in San Jose to help immigrants get jobs.
Liccardo’s history is particularly relevant now that it has been revealed that he gave the order for the police to stand down.
The mayor has even blamed Trump supporters for bringing it on themselves.
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