End Sanctuary Status in Alameda

I think it is an adequate time for us, the residents of Alameda, both new and old, to have a fireside talk. As any well-informed Island resident knows via the news, an increasing number of cities in the state are opting out of SB54, the state bill that makes California a “sanctuary” state. Cities include Costa Mesa, Huntington Beach, Newport Beach, Fountain Valley, Aliso Viejo, Los Alamitos, Orange, San Juan Capistrano and Yorba Linda.

Now, now, I know what you well-informed progressives of Alameda have been told by local political representatives as well as the local media. You’ve been told that sanctuary status makes us “safer.” Unfortunately this is a false narrative and can be easily debunked. 

The facts are, 40 of 58 sheriffs in the state of California oppose sanctuary status. The National Sheriffs Association, the largest sheriffs organization in the state and country, vehemently opposes SB54 as well as sanctuary cities across California. 

In recent national and state polls, it has been concluded that the majority of Californians and Americans oppose sanctuary cities. The data is clear, Americans and Californians are fed up with illegal immigration.

Well then, the answer presents itself, why would our oh- so-enlightened mayor and City Council, who believe themselves the “supreme moral authority” on the Island defend such an unpopular policy? The answer is clear. Our city representatives don’t care about real safety, they never have. They would rather score political points with the local populace to boost their re-election campaigns than keep our community safe by following federal immigration law.

As a proud supporter of President Donald Trump in Alameda, I hope that more Alameda residents will come out and voice their opposition to our city’s illegal sanctuary city policy. 

I will be standing on Central and Park every weekend in May at noon voicing my opposition to our city’s sanctuary policy. I hope you will join me.

Response on Sanctuary status in Island City 

Kudos to Neal Rodrigues for exercising his right to voice the unpopular opinion (“End Sanctuary Status in Alameda” Friday, May 4). Kudos, too, to our city’s government for having the guts to stand up against a repulsive national (and local) upwelling of xenophobia.

I’m proud to live in our sanctuary city. In response to Rodrigues and those in his camp, I think our fair city should put up a giant statue with this inscription: “Give me your tired, your poor, Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, The wretched refuse of your teeming shore. Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed to me, I lift my lamp beside the golden door!”

Oh, wait, that one’s already been taken.

--James Frank


Editor’s note: A version of this letter was published at alamedasun.com prior to editing and having appeared in print. It is not the policy nor intent of the Alameda Sun to publish material on its website prior to editing and publishing in print. As result of this error, the Sun has already received an online response which was not published online and instead appears here.

Neal Rodrigues is an Alameda resident.