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Crime & No Consequences:  Erica Sandberg has this piece in the National Review on the impact of California's Proposition 47 to people in San Francisco.  The ballot measure, which passed in 2014, with enthusiastic support from San Francisco's District Attorney, converted theft and fraud crimes of under $950 from felonies to misdemeanors.  "For law enforcement, however, there is little incentive to chase down low-level criminals.  Even if the person is escorted to the station, odds are great he'll be back on the street in an hour or so."  She notes that in January, SF Police Chief William Scott acknowledged a 24% jump in property crimes from 2016-2017.   Who would have imagined that eliminating the consequences for stealing would result in more stealing? 

Dreamers Arrested for Human Smuggling:  In two separate incidents in the San Diego area, federal agents have arrested men  allowed to remain in the U.S. under the Deferred Action of Childhood Arrivals program (DACA) for human trafficking.  Lyndsay Winkley of the San Diego Union Tribune reports that border agents responded to a resident at Torrey Pines State Beach who spotted what appeared to be a smuggling incident last Wednesday.  When the agents pulled over the suspect vehicle, they found the driver, a 20-year-old DACA recipient, and two Mexican nationals in the country illegally.  Last Thursday, agents spotted two suspicious vehicles in an area where two illegals had just been arrested.  When one of the vehicles was stopped at a checkpoint, agents found the driver, a 22-year-old DACA recipient, who eventually admitted that he was scouting the area for human smugglers.  

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