By Rick Oltman, December 19, 2017
Alert to those elected to the public payrolls in San Francisco, Los Angeles, Denver, Boston, Washington, D.C., and all the rest of the hundreds of Sanctuary City, County and State public officials who knowingly and sanctimoniously violate federal immigration law by shielding illegal aliens from enforcement. You are about to get slapped if Congress passes H.R. 4526.
The text of “Stopping Lawless Actions of Politicians (SLAP) Act of 2017” has been made available and it is quite simple:
§ 1522. Certain obstructions of enforcement of immigration laws
Whoever, being a State or local official having custody of an individual, knowingly ignores a request from the Federal Government for the custody of that individual, if the requesting authority has designated that individual as a violator of the immigration laws, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than five years, or both.
The 175 odd sanctuary cities/counties/states jeopardize our citizens and our communities by their blatant lawlessness as we have been so often reminded, most recently by the acquittal of the confessed illegal alien killer of Kate Steinle in San Francisco in 2015.
The goal of H.R. 4526 is, “To amend title 18, United States Code, to provide penalties for certain obstructions of the enforcement of Federal immigration laws.”
Title 18 U.S.C has been amended several times over the past. Chapter 73 – Obstruction of Justice has been amended twenty-two times since 1950.
Added in 1960: Sec. 1509. Obstruction of court orders
Added in 1967: Sec. 1510. Obstruction of criminal investigations
Added in 1970: Sec. 1511. Obstruction of State or local law enforcement
While the current law would certainly seem to provide the basis for federal enforcement against sanctuary city politicians, it has been ignored for the past three decades, with regrettable, but predictable consequences.
SLAP’s Sponsor is Congressman Todd Rokita (R-IN) who introduced the bill on December 1, which was referred to the House Committee on the Judiciary. It currently has only seven co-sponsors. It is time to get on the phone to your congressman and ask him to co-sponsor this legislation that is crucial to reestablishing law and order into our communities. Also, elected officials at the state and local level should be alerted as well and encouraged to contact all the members of the states’ congressional delegation and voice their support.
The rule of law is a crucial pillar of civilized behavior, without which there is no civilization. And if our elected officials (very few of whom I would call “leaders”) won’t honor and enforce our laws, then it is time to SLAP some sense into them.
You have enemies? Good. That means you’ve stood up for something, sometime in your life. [Winston Churchill.]
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