Santa Maria’s mayor must accept responsibility for the escalation of gang-related violence plaguing this city. After all, the most northern Santa Barbara County town has earned the title “Sanctuary City” while on his watch.
According to the Web site Ohio Jobs & Justice PAC, Santa Maria earned its Sanctuary City designation in 2008 after a local anti-illegal immigration activist contacted the site with information about the city’s immigration policies. This designation, while disputed by city officials, still stands, however, because Santa Maria refuses to engage ICE in its policing. Consequently, the Police Department has become ineffectual in dealing with the enormous influx of illegal aliens, and the resultant tidal wave of gang-related crime.
Another key player in this dastardly concoction of protecting criminals at all cost is Councilwoman Hilda Zacharias, who has made it known she will stand by illegal-alien criminals and clamor for their so-called rights. She has repeatedly queried the police chief in open forum over how illegals are treated during arrest, and has emphatically stated these criminals must be afforded every protection under our U.S. laws.
It’s no wonder why Santa Marians feel so hopeless about the health of their city. When city officials abandon the oath they took to uphold the laws, the end result is bedlam.
Unfortunately, the legal citizens who happen to call Santa Maria their home have now found themselves in the trenches of this dirty little war, and are wondering who will rescue them.
Audrey Thelma Rinde
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