California’s top attorney is warning that a surge in illegal immigrants could lead to a rise in suicides.
In a letter to Gov.
Jerry Brown, David Boente, said “a lot” of people are now trying to escape violence and a lack of support by fleeing the country illegally.
“It’s a huge risk for everyone, and I don’t think that the law is helping us much to address that risk,” he wrote in the letter obtained by The Associated Press.
Boente also urged Brown to set up a task force to study the problem of illegal immigration, noting that it’s “highly likely” that it could have a devastating impact on California.
The state has been struggling with the aftermath of a series of deadly earthquakes and tsunamis in recent years.
Boende’s office says he sent his letter to Brown to discuss the state’s efforts to deal with the problem.
Boete has faced pressure in recent weeks to address the issue after he was criticized for refusing to use his position as the state attorney general to take action against illegal immigrants who committed crimes.
He’s said he was going to use that power only to protect the people of California.
Boetes office did not immediately respond to a request for comment.