Californians aren’t exactly known for being the straightest shooters, or the most down-to-earth folks. Maybe it has something to do with living on a ticking time bomb for earthquakes, or the fact that they’re paying out the ear for pretty much everything.
Either way, some crazy stuff tends to go down in the gargantuan, ultraliberal west coast state.
One example of their overt strangeness has been readily apparent over the course of the last few years, however, with the state attempting to create a “sanctuary” for criminals in which the federal government has been wholly obstructed in their attempts to maintain law and order. And it’s not just the “sanctuary city” designations either. California officials are actively advertising when and where the federal government will be investigating these crimes, allowing the criminals to scamper away unimpeded.
On Tuesday night, just after completing a roundup of more than 150 suspected undocumented immigrants, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement said it could have arrested more but for the actions of one person: Mayor Libby Schaaf of Oakland, Calif.
Schaaf learned of the Northern California ICE enforcement operation before it kicked off on Sunday and, in a controversial move, warned the immigrant community ahead of time.
On Saturday, saying she felt it was her moral and ethical duty, she stood in front of television cameras and announced that “multiple sources” had informed her that ICE would be making arrests across the Bay Area. She didn’t intend to panic the community, she said — only to protect it.
ICE Deputy Director Thomas D. Homan, however, had a different idea of what she was trying to do, saying on Tuesday that he believed some of the 864 “criminal aliens” that still remained at large “were able to elude us thanks to the mayor’s irresponsible decision.”
As it turns out, this has sent a bit of an odd message to Californians, and, in particular, one homeless man in The Golden State, who parlayed this sentiment into an “emergency” refuge at the Governor’s mansion.
A homeless man who was arrested last month after breaking into California Gov. Jerry Brown’s home in Sacramento reportedly said he only tried entering the mansion because he figured the sanctuary state politician was “an open-door policy kind of guy.”
The California Highway Patrol said 51-year-old Steven Seeley was arrested April 19 and treated at a hospital for cuts he received while breaking a window to get out of the home in downtown Sacramento, located about 10 blocks from the Capitol.
In an interview with KCRA-TV on Sunday, Seeley claimed he heard what sounded like a large cat roaring nearby, and ran in to an unlocked side door.
“He’s an open-door policy kind of guy, so I figured the door would be unlocked, or else I wouldn’t have ran over there if I thought the door would be locked,” Seeley told KCRA.
Authorities were unable to locate the “large cat” that Seeley felt threatened by, and promptly took the vagrant to jail.