A man attacked multiple people on the Las Vegas strip on Thursday, killing two and injuring six. Those murders didn’t have to happen because, per an ICE source, the suspect charged in the mass stabbing is a Guatemalan national in the U.S. illegally, and he has a criminal record in California.
Yoni Barrios, was already known to the police and they already knew he was in the country illegally, yet he didn’t have to leave and wasn’t deported and now two people are dead.
This policy might make sense if it stopped criminals from coming to California in the first place, but it doesn’t. All it does is ensure that when they do come, they can commit more crimes without fear of being deported. So it’s making California less safe, not more. This is bad for that state but worse for Nevada as the illegals who slip through their lax immigration policies make their way here.
This tragedy could have been prevented if local police were allowed to cooperate with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). However, due to California’s sanctuary city policies, not to mention our Governors milquetoast cooperation with Governor Newsom in just about everything, police are not allowed to assist ICE in any way. This policy does not stop criminals from coming to California, and by extension Nevada, but instead allows them to commit more crimes without fear of being deported.
It is time for California to change its policy on sanctuary cities. Cooperation with ICE should be mandatory, not optional. If the state will not make this change, then the federal government should step in and force them to. Otherwise, more innocent Nevadans will die.