In June 2015 Seeing Red AZ provided a headache inducing glimpse into California under the bizarre governorship of Jerry Brown in “Leftist lunacy:CA boosts illegals’ healthcare, wages….and even tackles global warming.”
Previously, in 2014, we posted, “Have you heard? The USA is “the other Mexico.” Those were the words of Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto during a trip to California when he called on other states to “evolve” like California so the United States can be more like his home country. Standing alongside LA Mayor Eric Garcetti and Gov. Jerry Brown, Pena Nieto called for amnesty legislation and open borders while criticizing governors who have taken strong positions against illegal immigration. Gov. Brown told the crowd, including illegals, “You’re all welcome in California.” (brief video.)
Now we read that the ACLU Foundation of Southern California and the ACLU Immigrants’ Rights Project have filed a class action lawsuit claiming that the federal government unfairly sets unacceptably high bond amounts for illegal aliens in deportation proceedings because it fails to consider their inability to pay — resulting in longer incarceration stints for those who illegally invade the USA.
Named in the suit as plaintiffs are Cesar Matias, an asylum seeking Honduran national fighting deportation, and Xochitl Hernandez, an illegal alien from Mexico convicted of shoplifting.. Their ACLU lawyers allege high bail violates the Fifth and Eighth Amendment rights of the foreign nationals.
The Center for Immigration Studies (CIS) has a much more cogent take on the issue. Dan Cadman writes:
The posting of bond by detainees being charged with immigration offenses is authorized by Section 236 of the Immigration and Nationality Act, 8 U.S.C. § 1226. The purpose behind detention or the posting of bonds in immigration expulsion proceedings is exactly the same as it is in criminal proceedings: first, to ensure the presence of the individual at the trial or deportation hearing; and second, where applicable, to protect the public safety. That is precisely the reason this lawsuit shouldn’t go anywhere.
Imagine, for a moment, an individual arrested for murder who comes up for a bond hearing before the presiding judge or magistrate. Does anyone think that the defendant’s ability to post bond is an intelligent substitute for ensuring the public safety and his appearance for trial?
Read the complete and enlightening CIS commentary on “immigration bonds.” You’ll be glad you did.
Insidious ACLU-think is not just confined to California. The left-wing organization has offices in every state in the union, Washington D.C. and Puerto Rico — an unincorporated U.S. territory currently $70 billion dollars in debt and seeking statehood.