Foul Play: County Sidelines Sports While Shielding Criminal Aliens

In its continued crusade against COVID-19, the Santa Clara County (Calif.) Commission banned “contact sports” and sent the home team San Francisco 49ers off to Arizona to play out their NFL season.

“All athletic activities that involve contact or close proximity are prohibited. Collegiate and professional athletic programs are allowed … only if athletes do not come within six feet of one another at any time,” the country ruled.

But six days before commissioners tackled contact sports, a deadly form of contact broke out in a local church, where an illegal alien attacked and stabbed five people, killing two.

Fernando De Jesus Lopez-Garcia, a career criminal who had been deported three times, was back on the streets, thanks to Santa Clara County’s sanctuary policies.

Calling Lopez-Garcia’s latest violent episode “a preventable tragedy,” FAIR noted, “Were it not for Santa Clara County’s policy of non-cooperation with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), two individuals who sought shelter from the cold at Grace Baptist Church might be alive today.”

The county could have curbed the madness in June 2019 after the murder of Bambi Larson by an illegal alien with multiple felony convictions and deportations. Instead commissioners unanimously stuck to their benighted sanctuary policy with tragic — some might say predictable — results.

Under the guise of public safety, the nation’s sixth largest county is cracking down hard on the recreational pursuits of law-abiding citizens while persisting in aiding and abetting criminal aliens. To call such fecklessness “ironic” doesn’t do it justice. This is reckless endangerment of the rankest type.

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Bob Dane, the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR)'s Executive Director, has been with FAIR since 2006. His deep belief is that immigration is the most transformational determinant of where we are heading as a nation and that our policies must be reformed in the public interest. Over many years on thousands of radio, TV and print interviews, Bob has made the case that unless immigration is regulated and sensibly reduced, it will be difficult for America to reduce unemployment, increase wages, improve health care and education and heighten national security. Prior to joining FAIR, Bob spent twenty years in network radio, marketing and communications after an earlier career in policy and budgeting within the Reagan Administration. Bob has a degree from George Mason University in Public Administration and Management.

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