Sanctuary City Obstruction Creates More Victims
By Rick Oltman, June 24, 2019
Immigration and Customs enforcement (ICE) issued a press release on June 17 titled, “Cooperation between ICE, local law enforcement makes for safer communities,” in which they state the obvious (to some people): “ICE relies upon the cooperation of local law enforcement officials to expeditiously remove dangerous criminals from our communities.”
Then they state,equally obvious, “When local law enforcement decides to uphold sanctuary policies and release illegal criminal aliens without notifying ICE, it is a decision to protect and release criminals who are preying on victims in our communities.”
And they give a few examples:
- Illegal alien arrested for murdering, dismembering victim after local police fail to notify ICE of his release.
- County jail ignores ICE detainer, illegal alien suspected of killing wife after release.
- County jail ignores ICE detainer, Honduran mans suspected of murder after release.
- County jail releases illegal alien, man later kills wife and self in apparent murder-suicide.
- County jail refuses to honor immigration detainer, releases child rapist.
- County jail refuses to honor ICE detainer, releases illegal alien convicted of rape.
- County jail refuses to honor ICE detainer of man who sexually assaulted dog.
Failure to honor an ICE hold on an illegal alien is obstruction of justice and it is obstruction of justice by government bureaucrats on the taxpayer payroll that can have the cruelest of consequences.
Sanctuary Cities, Sanctimony Cities really, create more unnecessary victims and have been doing so for years. It is infuriating that cities, counties, and states can routinely violate the law, create misery and death for some, and not be held accountable. There is a Massachusetts Court Judge Shelley M. Richmond Joseph and a court officer currently facing charges, but that is the exception.
There must be a law buried in the tens of thousands of pages of laws the Congress has passed in the last century, that allows the Chief Executive to cut off all aid – meaning money – to an entity that violates the law.
If not, then let’s have the bureaucracy create new regulations. Making laws is the job of the Congress, not unaccountable bureaucrats, but the precedent has been set. Congress has seen fit to allow the bureaucracy to create volumes of regulations that are enforced like laws. Perhaps it’s time for the Executive to direct the agencies through which billions of dollars are disbursed to the states, counties, and cities to create the appropriate regulations under which they will abruptly cut off all aid for obstruction of justice of any kind.
We live in a time where a large percentage of the media, the political elites, and the country seem obsessed with “obstruction.” Let’s continue that narrative and show some consequences for real obstruction. If jurisdictions not wanting to lose the federal payout begin to cooperate with ICE, we will be sending a discouraging message to those planning to come and enter our country illegally and we will also reduce the suffering of innocent victims of illegal aliens that should be rounded up, jailed and/or deported.
Yes, let’s penalize obstruction.
You have enemies? Good. That means you’ve stood up for something, sometime in your life. [Winston Churchill.]
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