A left-wing criminal justice advocacy group with ties to George Soros is targeting nearly 500 prosecutor and sheriff elections across America in 2019 to install leftist local officials who will be soft on crime and refuse to cooperate with U.S. immigration enforcement.
The Appeal: Political Report has published a list of elections, filing deadlines, and voting dates to raise awareness for local elections for positions that are “responsible for setting a wide range of policies that impact detention conditions, incarceration rates, cooperation with ICE, and more.” The group is drawing special attention to populous counties where local elected officials will decide whether to participate in Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s 287(g) program, a Trump administration initiative to partner state and local law enforcement with ICE to enforce immigration law and deport illegal aliens.
The Appeal: Political Report is a publication of the Justice Collaborative, a project of Tides Advocacy, which is an affiliate of the Soros-funded Tides Foundation. The Tides Foundation has supported numerous left-wing criminal justice reform initiatives, including restoring voting rights to convicted felons in Virginia. These left-wing dark money groups support sanctuary city policies and want to elect local officials who will terminate contracts with ICE.
“These elections could expand the successes achieved in 2017 and 2018 by organizers looking to transform the criminal justice system and law enforcement practices,” editor Daniel Nichanian writes for The Appeal: Political Report.
“As of November, 78 jurisdictions had 287(g) contracts with ICE, a partnership that deputizes local law enforcement to act like federal immigrants agents. Three have since quit as a result of the 2018 elections. Will more follow after 2019?” he asks.
More following is the goal. In addition to this group, progressive billionaire George Soros has been financially backing left-wing local candidates across America to radically change local criminal justice policy. Michele Hanisee, president of the Association of Los Angeles Deputy District Attorneys, recounted in an article how Soros-backed district attorney candidates “have engaged in wholesale purges” of law enforcement personnel to “change the culture” of local law enforcement departments to fit Soros’ anti-incarceration agenda.
The consequences of these soft-on-crime, illegal immigrant-tolerant policies can be deadly. In King County, Washington, an illegal immigrant alleged gang murderer was held in police custody four times without being turned over for deportation because local officials ignored ICE detainers. This same sanctuary county released a criminal alien accused of stabbing a man in front of his son. In Maryland, Montgomery County has become notorious for releasing accused sex offenders with ICE detainers instead of cooperating with ICE and turning these individuals over for deportation.
The Left is taking these local elections seriously. They understand the power district attorneys and sheriffs have in determining policy and assisting or thwarting President Trump’s immigration enforcement agencies. If conservatives want to see the rule of law maintained and criminal illegal aliens kept off the streets, we need to take these local elections seriously too.