You know that saying, “crime doesn’t pay?”
Well, if you’re an illegal immigrant in the city of San Francisco it does, quite lucratively.
The city is reportedly paying an illegal immigrant $190,000 in damages because someone reported the individual and he was detained.
So much for the rule of law.
The Daily Caller is reporting, Sanctuary cities may also be settlement cities for illegals. To settle a lawsuit, San Francisco is set to pay $190,000 to an illegal immigrant who says his “undocumented” status was reported to ICE officers — contrary to the protection that sanctuary cities offer to illegals.
CBS affiliate KPIX 5 reports that the settlement is pending but is expected to be officially announced in the near future.
The city is just fine with that. According to John Coté, a spokesman for the Office of San Francisco City Attorney Dennis Herrera, “San Francisco has strong policies in place to encourage victims and witnesses to report crimes without fear of being deported, which include our sanctuary ordinance. These policies are designed to foster respect and trust between law enforcement and residents to ensure our communities are safe. The City, including the Police Department, remain committed to them.”
The episode began when Pedro Figueroa-Zarceno went to a San Francisco police station on Dec. 2, 2015 to pick up his car that had been stolen and then recovered. Upon exiting the building, he was immediately arrested by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents.
According to Figueroa-Zarceno’s attorneys, a San Francisco cop was in direct communication with ICE agents to inform them of the illegal immigrant’s status and whereabouts. The alleged contact between local and federal authorities precipitated two months of detention for Figueroa-Zarceno, an apparent contravention of sanctuary city polices that prevent cooperation between local police and federal immigration authorities.
Figueroa-Zarceno was released from custody on Wednesday. He is engaged to a woman who is a U.S. citizen and has a child.
If this man didn’t respect the rule of law enough to enter this country the right away, when so many millions on current waiting lists are, then he shouldn’t be allowed to stay.
We have laws here for a reason, and anyone who wants to be part of our society needs to learn to respect those laws, including coming in the right way.
[This article was written by Michael Cantrell]