By Rick Oltman, August 28, 2017
President Trump has given a presidential pardon to former Maricopa County, Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio for his conviction on criminal contempt charges. Certainly, the entire process of persecuting Sheriff Joe is contemptible, but specifically, Sheriff Arpaio and his subordinates were told by the court:
“… being present in the country without authorization to remain does not, in and of itself, violate any criminal statute and, therefore, actual knowledge, let alone suspicion, that an alien is illegally present is not sufficient to form a reasonable belief he has violated federal criminal immigration law.”
However, Arpaio told the court that, “… he believed his agency still had the authority” … to determine that person was here illegally; which he did.
Local law enforcement can enforce federal laws, unless state law specifically prohibits them from doing so. That is what Sheriff Arpaio had his deputies do, enforce the law, and that didn’t please the federal government at the time. Court procedures followed.
Sheriff Joe was doing what law enforcement is expected to do, enforce the law and protect the community from lawbreakers.
With a different view of law enforcement is the former Mesa, Arizona Chief of Police and now current District Attorney for San Francisco, George Gascon, who released this statement Friday, the day of President Trump’s pardon of Arpaio:
“Today the president pardoned a man who is best known for his repeated violations of the United States constitution. Arpaio used abhorrent tactics on the Latino community, whether documented or not, that I fought while Chief of Police in Mesa. The fact that the terror this man instilled on this entire population will not be met with consequences is simply shameful. By granting this pardon, the president of these United States has emboldened white nationalists and made a mockery of the rule of law. Moments like these are a stern reminder that our shared values of tolerance and inclusion are the ultimate defense to hatred and xenophobia.”
These lies by Gascon are the other end of the law enforcement spectrum. They indicate a complete abdication of responsibility for law enforcement. The simple fact is that Gascon supports illegal aliens and illegal immigration, and will do nothing about it, and is willing to criticize someone who does want to do something about it.
In 2015, Kate Steinle was shot and killed by an illegal alien on a San Francisco pier near the Bay Bridge. The alleged shooter was an illegal alien who had been repeatedly deported and admitted he was in San Francisco because it is a sanctuary city and won’t enforce the law against illegal aliens.
A keyword search on D.A. Gascon’s webpage finds no mention of Kate Steinle, and no mention of the alleged shooter, Juan Francisco Lopez-Sanchez, an illegal alien who has seven felony convictions and has been deported five times. There are none.
So this is a reality in America today. An elected sheriff legally enforces federal immigration law and is found in contempt of court for doing so. An elected district attorney of a sanctuary city issues a sanctimonious screed of lies about the man enforcing the law.
Law enforcement or anarchy; what is it in your community?
You have enemies? Good. That means you’ve stood up for something, sometime in your life. [Winston Churchill.]
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