Editor,

Sheriff Bolanos’ unilateral decision to stop cooperating with ICE doesn’t increase public safety in the slightest. These people are not just guilty of entering the country illegally. They are “undocumented individuals who have committed serious crimes.” Allowing them to continue their illegal, violent behavior will place everyone in the county at greater risk; including their own families. By committing serious crimes these people have shown that they are not fit to remain in the county illegally.

The sheriff was elected to protect all of the citizens of San Mateo County; not just those who have a family member who may be deported. The whole incident represents political pandering at its worst.

Robert Baker

San Mateo

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(3) comments

Terence Y

Mr. Baker and Mr. van Ulden - maybe Sheriff Bolanos is taking a page out of the Dem playbook and pandering, for the time being, only to get re-elected. Can we really blame him for doing that? After successful re-election, Sheriff Bolanos may then rescind his decision and return to protecting the citizens of San Mateo County. After all, what’s the position of Sheriff Bolanos’ competitors? Sheriff Bolanos may be the lesser of two (or however many) evils. Just in case, take additional steps to ensure you’re able to protect yourself and your family. Christmas is coming so perhaps Second Amendment protection? If that’s too drastic, knives come in many shapes and form factors, even to be attached to keyrings; pepper spray or bear spray (that you can also use on your next camping trip), etc… Stay safe out there, regardless of who is Sheriff.

willallen

Meantime, other states are moving toward non-cooperation with ATF in order to protect "gun rights." Political pandering is a natural outgrowth of government by tantrum,

Dirk van Ulden

This seems like the tail wagging the dog. Who are these (illegal) immigrants, activists and "other' community members who can dictate what happens in this County? Shouldn't a decision like this be placed before the voters? How in the world is letting convicts go free enhancing our safety? The world has truly gone upside down. Bolanos may need another escapade in Nevada to come to his senses.

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