California Governor Jerry Brown thought he was above the law when he defied President Donald Trump to declare his state to be a sanctuary state. Unfortunately for Brown, however, he just learned he was dead wrong.

Trump dropped the hammer on the “sanctuary state” of California this week when Attorney General Jeff Sessions filed a lawsuit against the state’s immigration policies. Brown responded by having a pathetic meltdown at a press conference in which he accused Sessions of catering to Trump and to his conservative base.

“This is really unprecedented for the chief law enforcement officer of the United States to come out to California and act more like Fox News than a law enforcement officer. This is a political stunt,” Brown said, according to The Hill. “We know the Trump administration is full of liars. They’ve pled guilty already to the special counsel. This is basically going to war against the state of California, the engine of the American economy. It’s not wise, it’s not right, and it will not stand.”

The lawsuit filed by Sessions on Tuesday targets three California laws aimed at protecting undocumented immigrants. The first law requires employers to notify employees if immigration authorities are going to conduct enforcement operations on the job site, while the second law allows California’s Department of Justice to inspect federal detention facilities where undocumented immigrants are held.

The third law stops state and local law enforcement officers from cooperating with federal immigration authorities to transfer or facilitate detentions of undocumented immigrants in state custody. This specific law is what Trump’s supporters have said makes California a sanctuary jurisdiction for undocumented immigrants.

Trump’s Department of Justice said in court documents that these three laws “have the purpose and effect of making it more difficult for federal immigration officers to carry out their responsibilities in California.”

“California is using every power it has, and some it doesn’t, to frustrate federal law enforcement,” Sessions told a gathering of officers in Sacramento. “So you can be sure I’m going to use every power I have to stop them.”

He went on to say that California was trying to nullify the law.

“There is no nullification. There is no secession. Federal law is the supreme law of the land. I would invite any doubters to go to Gettysburg, to the tombstones of John C. Calhoun and Abraham Lincoln. This matter has been settled,” Sessions said.

Brown lost his mind at this, saying that Sessions’ speech was “unbecoming” of the nation’s chief law enforcement officer. The governor then suggested that Sessions is trying to return to Trump’s good graces after a rocky first year in which Trump and Sessions developed a serious rift in their once-close relationship.

“I assume, and this is pure speculation, that Jeff thinks that Donald will be happy with him,” Brown said. “Let’s face it, the Trump White House is under siege. [Special counsel Robert] Mueller is closing in. There are more indictments to come.”

California Attorney General Xavier Becerra (D) pledged that his office will vigorously defend the three laws.

“The lawsuit challenges some of our state laws, which are again fully constitutional and provide for the safety and welfare of all of our people,” Becerra said. “The 10th Amendment provides California with the right to decline to participate in civil immigration enforcement.”

He went on to say that Trump’s DOJ opened itself to the discovery process, which would allow California lawyers to dig into the internal debate over the lawsuit, which could drag on for years.

“This lawsuit is going to last a lot longer than the Trump administration,” Brown ominously concluded.

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Trump Gets Instant Revenge After California Releases Illegal Alien Criminals

President Trump, with his decades of doing business in the most brutal market on earth, learned a few tricks along the way. One of them being: never let anyone undermine you.

After California liberals began releasing criminal illegal aliens, Trump found a way to make sure the American public knew exactly what was going on…

Daily Caller reports:

The White House released a list of criminal illegal immigrants set free by the state of California in lieu of allowing ICE to detain them, in a Thursday morning statement.

The Trump administration filed suit against the state of California Wednesday for classifying itself as a sanctuary state. “California is using every power it has — and some it doesn’t — to frustrate federal law enforcement. So you can be sure I’m going to use every power I have to stop them,” Attorney General Jeff Sessions said in his announcement of the lawsuit Thursday.

“When a foreign national in the United States illegally is arrested on criminal charges, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) can issue a ‘detainer,’ a request that local law enforcement notify ICE before the illegal alien is released from custody. As a Sanctuary State, California refuses to honor these detainers and instead releases criminal aliens back onto the streets,” the White House explained in its release.

The White House then listed several criminal illegal immigrants released by California, including:

On Aug. 2, 2017, the Santa Rosa Police Department in California arrested a citizen of Guatemala, on charges of inflicting corporal injury to a spouse/cohabitant, and booked him into the Sonoma County Jail in Santa Rosa, California. ICE lodged a detainer the same day. The next day at approximately 8:12 p.m. PDT, a Sonoma County Jail sergeant called ICE and advised that the suspect would be released shortly. At 8:36 p.m. PDT, Sonoma County Jail emailed ICE indicating his release.The jail provided ICE with only 24 minutes notice before it released the alien, despite the fact that the jail is located about 65 miles from the nearest ICE field office. ICE did not arrest the alien due to insufficient time given to respond. On Aug. 18, 2017, the Santa Rosa Police Department in California arrested the same individual as a suspect in the murder of his alleged girlfriend. He remains in Sonoma County Sheriff’s custody with an ICE-lodged immigration detainer.
On February 25, 2018, a citizen of Mexico, was arrested near his residence in Stockton, CA by ICE. On February 21, 2017, he was convicted of Lewd and Lascivious Acts with a Child under 14 and was sentenced to 180 days jail.

On February 14, 2018, a citizen of Mexico, was arrested in Anaheim, CA by ICE. Previously, in, 2004, he was convicted of Lewd & Lascivious Acts with a Minor under 14 and sentenced to 45 days in juvenile hall. No detainer was issued following this arrest. On August 10, 2016, he was convicted of Felony Possession of a Controlled Substance for Sale and sentenced to 3 years’ probation. An immigration detainer was lodged, but not honored. He was removed to Mexico on March 5, 2018.

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EXCLUSIVE–California Sanctuary City Laws Likely Responsible for 5K Crimes by Released Criminal Illegal Aliens

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The state of California and the sanctuary city laws that make it a safe-haven for criminal illegal aliens is likely responsible for at least 5,000 crimes that were committed by criminal illegal aliens released by local authorities rather than being handed over to federal immigration officials.

According to data conducted for Breitbart News by the Center for Immigration Studies’ Director of Policy Jessica Vaughan, the state of California — which refuses to hand over criminal illegal aliens to the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency — makes up about half of all non-cooperation with federal immigration officials in the U.S.

For example, roughly 50 percent of the ICE detainers — the hold that federal immigration officials place on a criminal illegal alien — ignored by local sanctuary city authorities across the U.S. occurred in California.

In mid-2017, ICE Director Thomas Homan revealed that about 10,000 criminal illegal aliens had been released by sanctuary cities across the U.S. and went on to commit more crimes. This figure, though, could be even higher for the year of 2017.

Based on this data, Vaughan told Breitbart News that it is “reasonable to assume” that about half of those crimes committed by released criminal illegal aliens occurred in the state of California.

“That is 5,000 crimes that occurred that could have been prevented if they had cooperated with ICE as federal law provides,” Vaughan told Breitbart News. “What is the cost to Californians for that crime spree?”

“Surely it is a lot more than the cost of the few minutes of a California jail officer’s time to notify ICE, or to keep the offenders in custody for ICE for a few hours,” Vaughan said. “But California politicians like Gov. Brown, Xavier Becerra, and Libby Schaaf would rather have the crime, apparently.”

This estimate was gathered by provided ICE data, as the agency says it has no way of tracking the figure of how many exact criminal illegal aliens have been released into the public by California’s sanctuary laws.

“Lack of cooperation from sanctuary jurisdictions means that they do not notify ICE when they release an individual on whom we have filed a detainer, so we have no way of knowing exactly how many such individuals they have released,” an ICE official told Breitbart News. “We often become aware of an alien’s release from a jurisdiction when we re-encounter the alien later during targeted enforcement.”

As Breitbart News reported, Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf recently warned criminal illegal aliens ahead of a regional raid by ICE, helping convicted illegal alien sex offenders, armed robbers, and drunk drivers escape deportation.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ Department of Justice is now investigating Schaaf for obstruction of justice. About 47 percent of likely voters say the DOJ should prosecute Schaaf for obstruction of justice, while only 36 percent of likely voters say the DOJ should not prosecute the mayor.

Sessions announced a DOJ lawsuit against the state of California, challenging three of its sanctuary state laws that protect criminal illegal aliens from deportation by ICE.


BREAKING: U.S. Judge Sides Trump – California Is Finished

In a shocking move, U.S. District Judge William Orrick balked from ordering President Donald Trump to pay California $1 million in delayed law enforcement funding after Trump refused to make the payment because California is a supposed sanctuary state.

The Trump administration has put a halt to the payout to California because of its support for lawbreaking illegal aliens. But the state took Trump to court to force the feds to hand over the state’s scheduled payment for law enforcement expenditures.

Granted the administration has not said that the state will not ever get the payout, only that the money is delayed while the administration questions California’s policies.

Still, it was a mixed bag on the judge’s ruling. While Judge Orrick didn’t order the administration to immediately hand over the cash — as the state of California demanded — Orrick also didn’t agree to dismiss California’s lawsuit as the administration wanted him to do.

Orrick said the whole situation raised “weighty and novel constitutional issues,” according to the Associated Press.

California is the big test case for the Trump administration. The question is whether the federal government is required to return federal funds to states that buck U.S. immigration policy by creating sanctuary city or sanctuary state rules that prevent local police from cooperating with federal officials.

As the AP notes:

Attorney General Jeff Sessions has blamed “sanctuary city” policies for crime and gang violence. In July, Sessions announced that cities and states could only receive Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance grants if they allow federal immigration officials access to detention facilities and provide advance notice when someone in the country illegally is about to be released.

Cities and states were also required to certify that they complied with a particular federal immigration law. The Trump administration says that law requires that California not restrict officials from sharing information regarding immigration status with federal immigration officers, including information regarding a person’s date of release from state custody and home address.

The AP also noted that at least one ruling along this topic has already been handed down:

A federal judge in Chicago last year blocked the advance notice and access requirements in a ruling that applied nationwide. But U.S. District Judge Harry D. Leinenweber said the DOJ could require Byrne Memorial grant recipients to certify compliance with the federal immigration law at issue. Read More @ American News Central 


CA Bay Area Poll: Majorities Across All Races Want Local Police to Help ICE Detain Illegals

A majority of Bay Area residents—including majorities across all races—believes that local police should assist Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) in its efforts to track down illegal immigrants who have committed violent crimes.

A Survey USA/KPIX poll conducted last week after Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf tipped off illegal immigrants about potential ICE raids found that 61% in the San Francisco/Oakland/San Jose area—including 65% of whites, 61% of blacks, 59% of Hispanics, and 53% of Asians—believe local police should help federal authorities detain illegal immigrants.

The poll also found that 48%, though, agreed with Schaaf’s actions while 34% disapproved.

ICE detained more than 200 illegal immigrants last week in the Bay Area but at least 800 illegal immigrants, many of whom are criminals, could not be detained possibly due to Schaaf’s warning, according to ICE officials.

Thomas Homan, ICE’s acting director, even blasted the Oakland mayor for acting like a “gang lookout.”

“What she did was no better than a gang lookout yelling ‘Police!’ when a police cruiser comes into the neighborhood, except she did it to the entire community,” he said on Fox & Friends.

Schaaf was defiant last week, saying she was not even concerned that criminal illegal immigrants were still on the streets in her city because of her alert.

On Tuesday evening, the Justice Department announced that it will seek to strike down California’s “sanctuary” laws because they are unconstitutional under the Supremacy Clause.


Governor Jerry Brown Hangs Head In Shame As Trump’s ICE Makes Historic Move On California City

Elder Patriot – In sanctuary cities, criminals who are in our country illegally are protected in ways that home grown criminals are not.  We’re not talking about those aliens who broke only federal immigration law to get here but about criminals charged with rape, robbery, breaking and entering, DUI, car-jacking, drug-trafficking, criminal assault and even murder.

We’d never stand for a public official using their power to shield any other criminal offenders in this manner but Democrat mayors and city councils have succeeded in doing just that when it comes to shielding miscreants who are also in our country illegally.

Take the case of Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf who warned 800 of the most violent criminals in her jurisdiction of a planned sweep by ICE.

Despite the mayor’s warning, ICE conducted the sweep and was still able to arrest 150 violent thugs.  But, that left more than 650 at large to continue threatening her constituents.  That is if Schaaf still considers them her constituents.

“I don’t know what benefit there is to allowing individuals that are here illegally, committing crimes against innocent victims, and often times against those same individuals in these communities that these politicians are purporting to support.” – Matt Albence ICE Enforcement and Removal Chief

Schaaf’s explanation was that she had a duty to warn families that ICE was coming.

Really?  Would she have warned any other criminal class’ families when law enforcement was on its way?

Acting ICE director Thomas Homan blasted Schaaf, Oakland, and other sanctuary cities that limit cooperation between ICE and local law enforcement for their refusal to detain violent criminal aliens in their jails until ICE can get there to take custody of them.

“Sanctuary jurisdictions like San Francisco and Oakland shield dangerous criminal aliens from federal law enforcement at the expense of public safety.  Because these jurisdictions prevent ICE from arresting criminal aliens in the secure confines of a jail, they also force ICE officers to make more arrests out in the community, which poses increased risks for law enforcement and the public.”

California Governor Jerry Brown is so bent on fostering civil unrest in his state that he declared the entire state one big sanctuary for illegal aliens.

This sickness has pervaded life in the Golden State.  In early December a San Francisco jury found Jose Ines Garcia Zarate, not guilty of murdering Kate Steinle even though there was no contention that he had fired the gun that killed her.

Zarate had been deported multiple times for violent crimes in the past but the jurors decided that society would be better served if he were to continue walking freely among them.

That came only a few months after self-loathing San Franciscans awarded another illegal immigrant, Pedro Figueroa-Zarceno, from El Salvador, $190,000 after he was turned over to ICE in accordance with federal law following his apprehension.

It seems that even though everyone had complied with federal immigration law, San Francisco had passed a law of its own in defiance of the federal mandate that forbids police from cooperating with ICE. 

How in the world the people of the Bay area accept this disregard for their safety from their elected officials is beyond logic.

If the Russians’ intent in meddling in our election was to foment discord they found a state of willing dupes in California, a state where even the Governor is a shameless charlatan.


New Study Shows California Ranks #1 For ‘Worst Quality Of Life’

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Unless you are very rich or homeless, living in California has become the worst state in the union for overall quality of life, with New Jersey right behind it.

One of the measurements of the quality life, according to a study by U.S. News, was whether residents can even afford to have a roof over their heads.

By that standard, California is failing. The state with the best quality of life was North Dakota, followed by Minnesota and Wisconsin.

The rankings considered two sets of metrics for each state:

1. Natural environment, comprising drinking-water quality, air quality, and pollution and industrial toxins.

2. Social environment, comprising community engagement, social support, and voter participation.

The study also judged states on their infrastructure, health care, education, economy, opportunity, fiscal responsibility and crime and corrections, and used these factors to determine the “Best State” overall.

California ranked last in urban air quality and 45th in “low pollution health risk.” It was 13th in drinking water quality. The state also found itself second-to-last in voter participation, 44th in community engagement and 38th in social support.

Despite its beaches, redwood trees and Hollywood glam, the state’s blemishes are often highlighted. Los Angeles consistently leads as the world’s most traffic-congested urban area and even its own citizens have tried to secede multiple times.

As has been the case for some time, it costs 3 times as much to rent a UHaul from California to Texas as it does the reverse.

This, of course, is because California has so many people leaving that they have a shortage of trucks.

But it illustrates the bigger issue: Businesses and residents are fleeing the state, and have been in droves.

California as we know it is simply unsustainable. To correct California’s unsustainable course, the state requires informed citizens and leaders willing to tackle the state’s budget realities. It is not happening, and there is an even more liberal slate on this year’s California ballots.

Over the next several years, volatile revenues, disproportionate spending growth, mounting debts, and inadequate infrastructures present significant hurdles for the state and its citizens. All the while, California’s population will grow and age considerably, placing even greater strains on state resources.

Even worse, California’s citizens are not armed with sufficient information due to California’s notoriously low levels of transparency, public disclosure, and civic engagement.

Housing is the elephant in the room.

The California housing director says housing affordability problems are as bad as they’ve ever been in the state’s history.

“The facts on the ground for a typical California family are really as bad as they’ve ever been in the state’s history,” said Ben Metcalf, Director of the Department of Housing and Community Development.”

He goes on to say, “If there is good news in all this, these are, in some cases, problems that we have created through local and state policies. And because these are challenges that have been created through policies, we know we can fix them.”

But the California legislature just continues to make matters worse, with no ‘fixing’ in sight.

Education you ask?

When it comes to its high school graduation ranking, California ranks 3rd to last in the nation. Minority drop out rates exceed 60% in some Los Angeles high schools.

Of course, the Left’s only answer is more spending on a school system, which already features excessively high administrative costs and has been listed as one of the three worst states at training teachers.

Most would consider the state of the state’s education system to be in serious trouble—except the ruling Democrats in California.

As for highways?

California ranked 47th in the most recent of the Reason Foundation’s 20th Annual Highway Report on the Performance of State Highway Systems. Only Hawaii, Rhode Island, and Alaska have it worse.

Instead of fixing what exists, Brown Jr. is committing untold tens of billions to a high-speed rail system. A system that almost nobody outside a public employee union wants. Most would consider the state of the state’s highway system to be in serious trouble—except the ruling Democrats in California.

I was raised in California. I moved back 3 times. But over four years ago I moved to Texas, and I will never look back.

When I was a kid, it was a great place. But in recent years, it has become a bastion of socialism. It is unaffordable to live there, everything is micromanaged, and it is heading for bankruptcy.

Boy, I love Texas!

‘We are deporting ourselves’: Businessman and family quit Trump’s America in disgust


‘I will find another country that is more accepting and willing to take my investments, since this place doesn’t want us’

A man who employs six people in California is so fed up of fighting to remain in the US he and his family have “deported” themselves.

Khaled Altarkeet, the owner of a café in San Jose, donated leftover food to Catholic charities before boarding a plane to Kuwait with his wife and four children after he was unable to extend his business visa.

“I’m shutting the business and forgetting the United States,” he told The Mercury News. “I will find another country that is more accepting and willing to take my investments, since this place doesn’t want us.”

Mr Alterkeet initially obtained an L-1 visa, which was valid for one year, in order to work on his business. But immigration authorities refused to grant the entrepreneur an extension when he applied in October, on the grounds he failed to prove he was the manager or an executive.

“Normally, for a visa extension, we do it in our sleep,” Mr Altarkeet’s lawyer, Steven Riznyk, told the newspaper. “We don’t have problems with extensions. All of a sudden, lawyers are calling me, asking, ‘What the heck is going on?’ Everyone is getting these crazy decisions and don’t know what to do with it.”

“You question how is this possible? If Khaled’s case isn’t good enough, then whose is?”

While appealing the decision, Mr Alterkeet obtained a six-month tourist visa. But the family decided to leave after he claimed officials reduced the visa from six months to one, without any suggestion his appeal would be successful.

“Think about what a kick in the face this is,” Mr Riznyk said. “First we approve you, you spend all your money, then we don’t approve you and we give you a month to sell off all your assets.”

Heba Alshbaili, Mr Alterkeet’s wife, told the newspaper: “We moved here with the kids. We bought a car, registered our kids for school, rented a place, bought furniture, everything for a new life here.”

Immigration lawyers have warned the Trump administration’s “hire American, buy American” policy is to blame for the additional scrutiny on immigrants entering the country on L-1 business visas.

“It’s much harder to get one for someone from Africa or Asia than someone in Europe,” immigration lawyer Jason Feldman said. “The Middle East falls into that group of people I imagine they’re trying to keep out. There’s a general mindset of, ‘Is there any way to deny this?’”

Mr Alterkeet recently saw a sticker on a stop sign that read: “Build the Wall. Deport them all.”

“I didn’t believe it,” Mr Altarkeet said. “I said ‘That’s it’. So fine, we are deporting ourselves.”

The Independent has contacted US Customs and Immigration Services for comment.


California Mayor Defies Trump, Tips Off Illegals Ahead Of Sting Operation

One of America’s top priorities at this juncture in history is what to do about the immigrants. One side wants to open our arms and let the world flood in, hoping it will all come out OK, and no terrorists will slip in. The other side wants to deal not only with future immigrants but the illegals living here now. The potential political fall out would be far worse for the left because those illegals were likely to be Democratic voters if they are ever legalized.

It’s the thought of potential voters that makes the left constantly pander to the “dreamers” who are here illegally. Even though this is an element that has proven they’re willing to break the law, and keep on breaking it, somehow this is considered desirable by those whose career centers around keeping their cushy political jobs. The national security risks seem to be completely uninteresting to many, including Oakland California Mayor Libby Schaaf.

Schaaf decided that she would attempt to circumvent national security and governmental law and warn the illegals who follow her social media that Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE) was planning a raid in their area. According to The Western Journal she tipped off immigrants, not only foiling ICE but causing further issues between ICE and state officials:

“A California mayor’s recent media release tipped off illegal immigrants of an upcoming raid from the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency, further displaying the stark divide between immigration officers and Golden State politicians.

Libby Schaaf, Democratic Mayor of Oakland, issued a media release effectively warning illegal immigrants in the city of an impending raid from ICE.

The warning, which Schaaf put out around 9 p.m. on Feb. 24, warned illegal immigrants that the next raid would be ‘starting soon, as within the next 24 hours.’”

As Freedom Daily previously reported, this is essentially Mayor Schaaf actively helping what is presumably a large number of people break the law by avoiding law enforcement, and she’s doing it using taxpayer resources. There are many times when an individual might think the government is misallocating funds, but at least they’re unified on the decision. In this case, however, even if we completely ignore the national security risk that illegal immigration poses, taxpayer dollars are being used to go round up the illegals, and taxpayer funds are paying this mayors salary and for the resources, she’s using to help illegals evade arrest.

“The feds detained at least four people Sunday, a program manager for the San Francisco Immigrant Legal Education Network told the San Francisco Examiner, although the paper noted it was unclear if the detentions were related to any broader ICE operation.

Schaaf during a news conference on Sunday also said she told mayors of other Bay Area cities of the impending ICE sweep, SFGate reported.

Her tweet on Saturday aligned with previous reports that law enforcement officials in Northern California would not cooperate with ICE, and noted state law ‘prohibits business owners from assisting ICE agents in immigration enforcement and bars federal agents from accessing employee-only areas.’

Local outlet KTVU reported that ICE agents had been in the Bay Area conducting business audits to ensure local companies were hiring legal citizens.””

The Los Angeles Times pointed out that Oakland has declared itself a sanctuary city, which is supposed to validate these types of actions

Schaaf further reinforced her allegiance to the illegals in her area with her message, stating that her goal behind the tip was “not to panic our residents but to protect them,” according to BizPac Review.

“In Oakland, OUSD public schools have strict protocols in place to protect our students and families,” she added, further solidifying her and the city’s stance against the Trump administration’s call to deport illegal immigrants. “Oakland police officers are prohibited from participating in ICE activities.”

Many Twitter users voiced their opposition to Schaaf’s warning.

“Schaaf, a Democrat who is up for re-election this year, has been public in her dislike for the Trump administration, even going as far to say she would go to jail over the sanctuary policy adopted by her city.”

‘It is no surprise that the bully in chief is continuing to try to intimidate our most vulnerable residents,’ she told KTVU in January 2017.

BizPac Review also revealed a 2016 tweet in which the Oakland mayor bashed President Donald Trump.”

“While it is unknown how successful Schaaf’s warning was, the San Francisco Examinerrecently reported that ICE officials captured four illegal immigrants on Sunday.”

The question on people’s minds now is; can a person effectively serve in public office, if they can’t be trusted with government information without using it to their own benefit? There’s not gain here, except that she gains brownie points with the potential new voters. There’s been no secret made of the fact that the Democrats want the “dreamers” to get legal status, which means they very well could sway the next election.

If this kind of pandering is how Schaaf want’s to run her office, do you think she should get to keep her job as Mayor?

Source: The Western Journal,

Democrat Scandal: California Gun Control Senator Yee Heads to Prison: Gun Trafficking

Democrat Scandal: California Gun Control Senator Yee Heads to Prison: Gun Trafficking

California Democrats are speechless as they watch their prized Sacramento gun control senator, Leland Yee, head to prison for weapons trafficking, accepting bribes, and extorting money.

“The crimes that you committed have resulted in essentially an attack on democratic institutions,” Breyer told Yee, who nodded as the judge addressed him. “This is a serious, serious injury to a governmental institution.”

Breyer called his involvement in that crime “hypocritical” and “unfathomable” given his past advocacy for gun control.

Democrat Scandal: California Gun Control Senator Yee Heads to Prison: Gun Trafficking

The judge gave him 30 days to surrender to the U.S. Marshal’s Service, which will turn him over to the federal prison system. Yee’s lawyer asked the judge to recommend the sentence be served at the federal prison in Taft in Kern County.

The 67-year-old Yee had risen steadily in the ranks of Bay Area politics since the late 80s. His career began when he was elected to the San Francisco School Board.

Prior to becoming a state senator, Yee was also a California State Assemblyman. Yee was Supervisor of San Francisco’s Sunset District and was a member and President of the San Francisco School Board. In 2004 Yee became the first Asian American to be appointed Speaker pro Tempore. He was the second highest ranking Democrat of the California State Assembly.

Yee was arrested by the FBI on March 26, 2014 on charges related to public corruption and gun trafficking. Specifically buying automatic firearms and shoulder-launched missiles from the Moro Islamic Liberation Front. MILF is an Islamist extremist group located in the southern Philippines.

Yee attempted to re-sell those weapons to an undercover FBI agent. He went further to accept a $10,000 bribe from an undercover agent. This in exchange for placing a call to the California Department of Public Health regarding a contract at the organization.

Former California State Senator Leland Yee admitted this week that he accepted bribes and extorted money.

He acknowledged accepting $11,000 in exchange for setting up a meeting with another state senator, $10,000 for recommending someone for a grant, and $6,800 for providing a certificate on California state senate letterhead honoring the Ghee Kung Tong.

Overall, government officials identified more than $100,000 in bribes directed at Yee during the investigation.

He also acknowledged that he discussed helping an undercover FBI agent buy automatic weapons from the Philippines. They were intended to be brought to the US for distribution.

In a lengthy sentencing memo, prosecutors outlined what they saw as a pattern of bad behavior by Lee that went far beyond the charges he pleaded guilty to.

His dishonesty in the early stages of the investigation, they wrote, “demonstrate a venal attitude toward his position as an elected public official and a willingness to abuse his position of trust in any number of ways. They also reveal a disconnect between the face that Yee puts out to the public and his true nature and character. They necessarily cast a shadow over his career as a public servant and legislation he has sponsored.”

Federal prosecutors pushed for an eight-year sentence for Yee in his political corruption case, describing him in court papers as a public servant who “was willing to betray the trust of those who elected him” and “to sell his vote to the highest bidder.”

“Senator Yee abused that trust in the worst possible way,” Assistant U.S. Attorney Susan Badger told the judge Wednesday, urging punishment above federal sentencing guidelines. “It was to retain power as a public official.”

The FBI snagged Yee in the course of a five-year probe into reputed Chinatown crime boss Raymond “Shrimp Boy” Chow.

Chow was convicted of racketeering charges in December and after a lengthy trial is awaiting sentencing.

Yee was a vocal advocate for gun control, both before and while engaged in gun running.

In 2006 Yee was named to the Gun Violence Prevention Honor Roll by the Brady Campaign. It was for his efforts that included co-authoring a first-in-the-nation bill to require new semiautomatic handguns be equipped with ballistics identification technology known as micro-stamping.

In May 2012, together with Kevin de León, Yee proposed legislation to ban any semi-automatic rifle that used a bullet button that makes the rifle a “fixed magazine rifle.” SB 249 would ban conversion kits and rifles.

Yee is quoted as saying, “It is extremely important that individuals in the state of California do not own assault weapons. I mean that is just so crystal clear, there is no debate, no discussion.”