AZ Sheriff: Obama Has Made US ‘A Sanctuary Nation’

Pinal County, AZ Sheriff Paul Babeu (R) declared that President Obama has made the entire US “a sanctuary nation when it comes to immigration” on Tuesday’s “Cavuto: Coast to Coast” on the Fox Business Network.

Babeu said, “Well, there’s 276-plus sanctuary cities, but in fact, President Obama has really sanctioned this entire country as a — it’s a sanctuary nation when it comes to immigration. We see this murder out in San Francisco, sadly this represents just one of thousands and thousands of crimes that happen throughout our country because of a lack of enforcement of the laws on the book when it comes to immigration. And the president’s responsible for this.”

Babeu continued, “Well if you look at a safe harbor, and it’s evidenced in Secretary Jeh Johnson’s six-page memo. Obama says national TV, if illegals have been here for five years or more, they’re going to get deferred action, when at the very same hour, his Secretary of Homeland Security releases a document directing all 22 agencies, under his authority saying that if they’ve been here since January of this year, there shall be no action taken against them. And at the same time, released thousands and thousands of criminals that they held in their custody. So, this is the president’s fault that all these future crimes that will occur, you don’t have to be the sheriff to figure out what’s going to happen. You’re going to have murders, you will have rapes, you will have armed robbery, burglary, and everything else. … It will get worse.”

Babeu added that “fully” support’s Kate’s Law, and “what we need to do is just enforce the laws that are on the books. You and I have to follow the law, and there’s consequences for American citizens, yet what’s turned up on its head right now, is the fact that all immigration law, with a wave of the president’s hand, are now null and void. There are no consequences. This is why we have illegals that we continue to arrest in my county, that have been deported eight times, 15 times. Heck, even 20 times. And this is why they’re emboldened. So, last year they released 193 murders. 400-plus convicted of sexual assault and rape. 300-plus convicted of kidnapping. These aren’t American citizens I’m talking about, these are actual illegals who’ve been convicted of these crimes. The president’s only defense, is ‘Oh, these countries won’t take them back.’ Well, force them to take them back, deny their visas for their diplomats. Question foreign aid to these countries, and there’s no excuse for allowing this to go on in our country.”

He continued, “The Congress needs to stand up and demand that these laws be enforced. Hold the president to his oath. You see great leaders like Trey Gowdy and Chairman Goodlatte in the House, and there’s others in the Senate, Senator Sessions has been doing a great job. But, we need to have the Congress stand up and demand that this president, who swore an oath to faithfully execute the laws of the land, and he’s failed to do that. He should be held accountable for this.”

Babeu concluded, “The president himself, with Eric Holder and now his new, AG, and Secretary Johnson have literally handcuffed federal law enforcement. And in fact they’ve sued, and the Supreme Court has ruled that local, county, state, law enforcement can’t have anything to do with immigration enforcement anymore. So, this whole idea of sanctuary cities and that there’s pockets of a lack of enforcement, heck, it’s the entire country. And that’s where it’s going to get worse and worse.”

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