The Cost of Sanctuary Policies

A recent criminal case in California highlights the human costs of looking the other way when illegal aliens are apprehended and then turned loose rather than being placed on deportation proceedings.

Marcos Lopez Garcia, an illegal alien, pled guilty to manslaughter in a hit-and-run case that killed a 4-year-old in Santa Rosa, California, in August 2011. He now faces a 5½ year sentence. Lopez had two prior arrests for driving without a license and without insurance, most recently in June 2010. At that time he was given a one-year conditional sentence. (See Sacramento Bee, May 14, 2012, and KSRO News, May 11, 2012)

The news accounts do not explain why Lopez was not reported to the immigration authorities, although the likely explanation is misguided sanctuary policies. But, even if he had been turned over to the authorities, under the current prioritization policy of the administration, Lopez would not have been a priority case, and likely would not have been taken into custody by ICE.

About Author


Jack, who joined FAIR’s National Board of Advisors in 2017, is a retired U.S. diplomat with consular experience. He has testified before the U.S. Congress, U.S. Civil Rights Commission, and U.S. Commission on Immigration Reform and has authored studies of immigration issues. His national and international print, TV, and talk radio experience is extensive (including in Spanish).


  1. avatar

    Bring back Operation *******!!! It worked back in the fifties with their limited technology, it will work today!

  2. avatar

    That’s a shame. I long for the days when it didn’t matter what one’s skin color or race was – we were all Americans.

    Now, it’s hard not to resent the illegals who’ve ended up taking advantage of us and our programs (school, medical, tax refunds, etc.)

    It’s especially unfair to Americans who are victims of crimes committed by illegal aliens. Then to be hurt again by
    our government not caring enough, and just letting them go.