When Salud Carbajal ran for Congress in 2016, he promised to work in a bipartisan manner to solve issues that affect Central Coast families. Now that he’s been in Congress for nearly two years, his agenda for our community is clear — and it’s not a pretty one. At every turn, he’s voted for criminals and against families and law enforcement officers.

If Salud Carbajal had his way, Central Coast criminals could rest easy, knowing that their Congressman is pulling out all the stops to protect them. Even criminal illegal immigrants could breathe a sigh of relief, confident that Carbajal will vote to protect them.

Carbajal voted in favor of allowing repeat violent criminals to enjoy federally funded pre-trial release programs and to prevent public disclosure, essentially telling families they don’t have the right to know if a violent criminal awaiting trial is living next door to them.

He voted against Kate’s Law, voting against tougher laws against illegal immigrants with a history of crime and deportations.

Even after seeing the harmful effects of sanctuary policies right here on the Central Coast, he voted to protect unauthorized immigrants with a criminal record from being prosecuted under federal immigration law.

Time and again, Carbajal’s votes put our law enforcement and probation officers at risk. He voted against a critical probation officer safety bill, denying probation officers the authority to arrest a third party who “assaulted, resisted, opposed, impeded, intimidated, or interfered with the probation officer engaged in the performance of their official duties.” He’s refused to support our Immigrations and Customs Enforcement officers.

Carbajal voted to allow convicted felons who have violated the terms of their probation or parole to continue to receive Social Security benefits. In the same bill, he voted to allow people who have outstanding felony warrants for arrest to continue to receive Social Security benefits.

These votes are disturbing and baffling. Voting to protect our families and law enforcement officers is a no-brainer.

His votes lay out a vision for the Central Coast that is terrifying and doesn’t reflect our values. Our representatives should be doing everything possible to support law enforcement officers, to ensure that violent criminals are prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law and that they don’t receive taxpayer dollars to subsidize their criminal lifestyle.

Voters won’t hear Salud Carbajal talk about these votes on the nightly news or in radio interviews. He’ll claim to support law enforcement officers, that he’s tough on criminals, and that he wants our children to have safe neighborhoods to play in. Two years ago, all we had to go on were his words. Now, how he votes speaks so loudly that we can’t hear what he says.