July 30, 2018

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CONTACT: AUSTIN STUKINS
(805) 364-2114

SANTA BARBARA, CA – We are a nation of immigrants, but we are also a nation of laws. Our laws must be enforced, and our borders must be secure.

In 2015, an illegal immigrant who had been arrested six times, and who was protected from deportation by sanctuary laws, brutally murdered Marilyn Pharis in Santa Maria.

This morning, Victor Martinez was sentenced to life imprisonment without the possibility of parole in a Santa Maria courtroom. Marilyn’s lifelong best friend, her brother, her sister, and her sister-in-law tearfully described the pain of their loss and their anger at the years stolen from Marilyn, but Martinez showed no emotion.

Victor Martinez never should have been on the streets to torture this “gentle soul.” Criminals like Martinez continue to be protected by the “sanctuary” policies and laws my opponent supported in 2014 (when county policy prevented local law enforcement from honoring an ICE detainer on Martinez), and continues to support to this day.

In Congress I will fight to protect our families, keep our streets safe, and ensure that local and federal law enforcement have the tools they need to remove violent criminals from our streets and our country.

Justin Fareed is a candidate for California’s 24th Congressional District. He also is President of Pro Band Sports Industries, a local small business, and is a third-generation cattle rancher. After graduating from UCLA with a degree in Political Science, Justin worked for a senior member of Congress. While on Capitol Hill he drafted legislation with a focus on foreign relations, small business, and agriculture, and successfully formed bipartisan consensus to move that legislation forward.

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Marilyn Pharis’ brother addresses the press.

Marilyn Pharis Trial