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Score Three for Sanctuary Cities By: Tom Fitton
FrontPageMagazine.com | Tuesday, August 05, 2008


Last week Judicial Watch filed a California Public Records Request with the San Francisco Sheriff’s Department to obtain arrest and booking records related to Edwin Ramos, an illegal alien charged with a June 22, 2008, triple murder of three innocent American citizens.

We want “All public records concerning or relating to any arrest and/or booking of Edwin Ramos.”

For those of you unfamiliar with this story, Ramos gunned down Tony Bologna and his sons Michael and Matthew with an AK-47 following a minor traffic incident on June 22.  According to press reports Ramos, an illegal alien from El Salvador, had been arrested on three prior occasions, and convicted of two felonies, but was never turned over to federal immigration authorities “largely as a result of San Francisco's self-imposed sanctuary status.”  San Francisco law prohibits local officials from cooperating with federal officials in deporting illegal aliens.

As recently as March 2008, Ramos was arrested after police discovered a gun that had been used in a double homicide in his car.  The district attorney’s office did not press charges and Ramos was released.  Immigration and Customs Enforcement stated that the agency was never notified of the arrest.

(If all of this sounds tragically familiar, it should.  You may recall that Judicial Watch recently launched an investigation into the arrest of Pedro Espinoza, the illegal alien gang member who murdered high school student Jamiel Shaw on March 2nd in Los Angeles.  Espinoza had been released from a Culver City, California, jail the day before the murder.  Judicial Watch obtained Espinoza’s booking record.  Check it out hereCulver City, by the way, is also a sanctuary city.  Los Angeles is stonewalling our records request for its documents on Espinoza.)

The murder of these three innocents in San Francisco is a stark reminder of the devastating consequences of illegal alien sanctuary policies.  Ramos should have been deported long ago.  Instead, San Francisco authorities put him back on the streets, and now three people are dead.  We suspect the documents about Ramos’ earlier arrests will show that San Francisco’s sanctuary policy was in part responsible for these terrible crimes. 

As some of you may recall, Judicial Watch already has an important appeal of a taxpayer lawsuit against San Francisco related to its self-imposed status as an illegal alien sanctuary city (Fonseca v. Fong, Case No. A120206).   

Judicial Watch also recently launched a brand new Internet site dedicated to fighting illegal alien sanctuary policies across the United States.  You’ll be hearing more about this in the next few days, but in the meantime you can go to: www.sanctuarybusters.org.


Tom Fitton is president of Judicial Watch.


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