An illegal immigrant who admitted to gunning down two Sacramento-area cops threatened to escape and kill more on the first day of his double murder trial, according to a report on the national news.
Luis Brisements, who allegedly murdered Detective Michael Davis Jr. and Deputy Danny Oliver in October 2014, smiled in court Tuesday, stating, “I will break out soon and I will kill more, kill whoever gets in front of me … There’s no need for a (expletive deleted) trial.” “I wish I had killed more of the (expletive deleted),” he said, according to the newspaper, The Sacramento Bee. Bracamontes had twice been deported prior to the killings.
Several states have declared themselves to be “sanctuary states,” that is, they will not cooperate with immigration officials except under conditions that they, the states themselves, set forth. Those states include California, Oregon, New Mexico, Colorado, Rhode Island, Illinois, and Vermont. The number of sanctuary cities are too numerous to list. Clayton and DeKalb counties are the two so-called sanctuary counties in Georgia.
What this means, of course, is that some state, city, and county officials have taken it upon themselves to officially declare that their jurisdictions will not obey the laws of the United States. A group of states tried that in 1861 and it didn’t work out so well for them or the nation.
The United States government has considered withholding federal funds from these entities, but the threat doesn’t seem to faze these unrepentant government employees. So, I have a suggestion. Arrest them. Arrest them, put them on trial, and jail them.
Surely, the feds have a law on the books making obstruction of justice a federal crime. If not, Congress needs to pass one. It’s no wonder that many citizens feel as though the laws don’t apply to them. All they have to do is look at their elected and appointed officials who are setting the example.
Not only do these government lawbreakers break the law, but they flaunt it by declaring their views on national television. Two cops in a sanctuary state were gunned down. The alleged perpetrator, who admits even before his trial that he did it (I saw the video of his profanity-laced boast) treats the whole thing as a joke and states that, not only does he wish that he killed more police officers, but that, when he gets out of jail, he will kill more.
It’s a shame that the state officials who support the idea of sanctuary cities probably cannot be charged as being accessories to murder.
Lawlessness reigns in much of the country with government officials being the reason and cause. The people are not being well served by those who would choose to put citizens in danger by deliberately and willfully rejecting compliance with federal laws.
Maybe these men and women will change their minds when some multi-deported criminal comes into their “safe” jurisdiction and murders a couple of their family members. Sooner or later, it will happen.
In the meantime, I recommend that the Justice Department see what can be done about arresting and convicting — and jailing — those who are failing to obey the laws of the land. Politicians get arrested all the time. Arresting a few more would send a message that desperately needs to be sent. Politicians are not a law unto themselves.
[David Epps is the pastor of the Cathedral of Christ the King, Sharpsburg, GA between Newnan and Peachtree City (www.ctkcec.org). He is the bishop of the Mid-South Diocese which consists of Georgia and Tennessee (www.midsouthdiocese.org) and the Associate Endorser for the Department of the Armed Forces, U.S. Military Chaplains, ICCEC. He may contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.]