It pays to be a criminal alien in the United States. Not only have they been welcomed as they cross the border with toiletries, child care, and warm burritos, now city governments are rewarding them financially.
San Francisco has been ordered to pay $190,000 to a man who came to the U.S. illegally from El Salvador because police violated the city’s sanctuary city law and turned the man over to Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
In December of 2015, Pedro Figueroa-Zarceno, 33, worked construction in San Francisco and was called into the police station after a call from the department that they had found his stolen car. But once he arrived, Figueroa-Zarceno was detained and ICE was called. He was jailed for two months and has been fighting deportation since, according to the Daily Mail.
“What happened to me was very unfair and it was an injustice,” Figueroa-Zerceno said. “I went into the police station to seek help and they didn't tell me what was happening and they arrested me and treated me badly.”
Figueroa-Zerceno sued the city back in January citing the sanctuary law which prohibits local police from turning over non-violent illegal aliens. The city board of supervisors must approve the settlement before the man receives any money.
Let’s hope the Senate will approve the House’s Thursday anti-sanctuary city bill. It can’t be in the books soon enough.