Veto is a Victory for Public Safety and Common Sense, Says FAIR
WASHINGTON, Oct. 1, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR) congratulates Gov. Jerry Brown for his veto of AB 1081, a bill which would have required California law enforcement to ignore most requests by the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to detain illegal aliens who are arrested for other offenses in the state. If AB 1081, also known as the Trust Act, had become law, deportable criminal aliens would have been turned loose in communities all across California with the likely result that many would have reoffended.
"Gov. Brown's veto is a rare victory for law-abiding citizens of California over a powerful lobby dedicated to protecting illegal aliens," observed Dan Stein, president of FAIR. "The governor deserves the thanks of all Californians for his decision to veto AB 1081. For a change, common sense has prevailed over an unconscionable act by the California Legislature which would have severely compromised public safety."
There have already been several high profile cases in which illegal aliens, who were arrested for other offenses in California, were released from custody and went on to perpetrate brutal murders against innocent citizens. "Thankfully, Gov. Brown listened to the pleas of the victims' families and sheriffs across California who urged him to veto this dangerous legislation. FAIR joins them, and the majority of Californians who opposed AB 1081, in expressing our appreciation to the governor," Stein concluded.
Founded in 1979, FAIR is the country's largest immigration reform group. With over 250,000 members nationwide, FAIR fights for immigration policies that serve national interests, not special interests. FAIR believes that immigration reform must enhance national security, improve the economy, protect jobs, preserve our environment, and establish a rule of law that is recognized and enforced. Visit FAIR's website at www.fairus.org.