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Washington D.C. – A Safe Haven for Illegal Immigrants

I have to be honest with you, my readers. I sometimes wonder who is more important to our leaders, those of us who are citizens of the United States, or otherwise here legally, or those who have came into this country illegally and are making no attempt to follow the immigration law of the land. That speculation is fueled by the actions of our leaders in Washington, D.C., as they seem bent on openly pandering to the vast number of illegal immigrants who no reside in America. For those of you who say it isn’t really happening, I point to the recent court cases that gutted Alabama’s new immigration law and as further proof, I would submit the actions of the mayor of Washington, D.C.

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With the signing of a new executive order, Washington, D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray has made official what was already a longstanding policy. Not only are police in the District of Columbia not required to check the immigration status of any person they may encounter or question, they are now being specifically instructed to not do so. From Fox News:

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District of Columbia Mayor Vincent Gray on Wednesday signed an executive order instructing police officers not to question people about their immigration status — even people who are arrested on other matters — unless immigration status is directly related to a criminal investigation.

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“This executive order ensures public safety by ensuring that our police resources are deployed wisely and our immigrant communities feel safe cooperating with those who are sworn to protect them,” Gray said in a statement.

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“The district is home to thousands of immigrants,” he added. “If they are afraid to cooperate with authorities on criminal investigations because they fear it might endanger their presence in the United States or the presence of a loved one, then it endangers their public safety and that of our entire city.”

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Obviously, police departments across our country are sometimes heavily burdened with their duties. No one wants to add to that burden, unnecessarily. That seems to be the tact being taken by Mayor Gray; he wants to make sure the police have the time and resources to do their duly sworn duties. Unfortunately, those duties do not seem to include arresting illegal immigrants. I know police departments often have their hands full and have many other things to do, but when does illegal immigration become enough of a problem for our political leaders to enough is enough? When does it finally become a priority to enforce our immigration laws, instead of turning a blind eye and allowing more and more illegal immigrants to move into our communities and neighborhoods?

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I find it very telling to hear what Mayor Gray had to say when he signed the order. He said he wanted to make it clear that the local police were not in the business of enforcing federal immigration law. That’s very ironic, in that local police all across our country are often tasked with enforcing drug laws that they had nothing to do with passing. I know for a fact that some of them are incorporated into drug task forces that are sponsored by the federal government. They often work in concert with federal law enforcement officials on a variety of issues. What makes illegal immigration so different? Why is it deemed to be so vile for local police departments to help the federal government enforce the immigration laws of the United States? I honestly can’t think of a good reason for that distinction.

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Do our leaders really not see illegal immigration as a problem? A lot of them talk the talk, but their actions say they only want to put off solving this problem to another time and another place. If they were serious about finding a solution, they would do more than talk of building a fence along the border. They would do more than talk about rounding up illegal immigrants and deporting them. They would do more than continually say we need to have a discussion about the issue. Instead of talking, they would actually begin the process of enforcing  our current immigration laws and streamlining the citizenship process. Instead, we see more and more safe havens being declared and the problem of illegal immigration continues to grow. At this rate, a solution seems out of reach.

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  • Honestly, I don’t think it’s as bad of a problem as some people are making it out to be. I know, I’m probably going to get crapped on for saying that, but let’s take some things into consideration.

    Is cracking down on illegal immigrants as important as prosecuting violent crime? Is it as important as getting the deficit under control? Is it as important as getting the heck out of two wars that are costing time, money, and lives?

    What percentage of our population is here illegally, and how much do they ACTUALLY contribute to whatever problems we’re having?

    If all the illegals were carted out of America today, I don’t think very much would change. We might have more fruit picking jobs for American citizens, but there would likely be no significant change in anything. Actually, the price of fruit and other produce that’s picked by illegals who are willing to take crap pay would probably go up.

    I’m not saying it’s not a problem, nor am I saying it’s something we should ignore. What I am saying, though, is that I don’t think it’s as dire a situation as some people are making it out to be, and compared to all the other things that are plaguing us at the moment it’s pretty low priority.

    • @Jack – I understand your points and they are worth considering. But my opinion is that this is something worth paying attention to; a lot of attention.

      First, that one crime is worse than another is not a reason to avoid prosecuting the lesser offense. Robbing a liquor store with a knife is not as bad as a rape and murder. So should we not prosecute, or attempt to prosecute, liquor store robberies?

      Second, fighting illegals has a direct impact on crimes of all sorts. No where is this more evident than in the community where I live, Prince William County, Virginia. Our County Supervisor, Corey Stewart, has done a great job at cracking down on illegals and working with ICE to get them out of our community. The result? Not only do we have fewer illegals, but we have also seen a nice drop in various crimes. Check out this Newsbusters piece.

      Third, illegal aliens have a massive impact on the deficits, the very issue you cite as a reason not to focus on them so much. In California, for example, illegal aliens make up such a huge part of the prison population, and suck up so many public services, by some estimates they account for some $5 Billion/year in deficits; near 25% of the entire deficit. When you extrapolate that out to 15 million illegals nationwide, with a $1.4 Trillion deficit this year alone, it is clearly an issue worth paying attention to.

      What do you think?

      • Help me on the math you’re doing here. I’m not a numbers guy. If illegals account for $5 billion a year, and this year we have a $1.4 trillion deficit, how do you figure that accounts for 25% of our deficit?

        $5 billion is only 3% of the current deficit. When was the last time that our budget deficit was only $100 billion?

        And I wasn’t saying that we should ignore the problem. I thought I said that we should not ignore it. I was merely saying that with limited resources we have to prioritize. Sure, robbing a store at knife point should be prosecuted, but are the police going to devote more resources to an armed robber or a murderer?

        If resources were infinite, then yes I’d say we should go full throttle at it. But when we consider everything else that’s going on right now, illegal immigrants seem, to me at least, to be a bit lower on the list of priorities.

        • Correction. $5 billion is only .3% of $1.4 trillion. Perhaps I misunderstood? (not snark or sarcasm).

          • bill

            “by some estimates they account for some $5 Billion/year in deficits; near 25%
            of the entire deficit.”

            i think harry was citing figures for the state of california mr. camwell…

            to your other point, and mr. jackson’s, our nation’s capitol has now officially
            become a ‘sanctuary city’. these areas are powerful magnets for illegals of all
            ethnicities. most states average 2-3 while ca led the ‘field’ as of sept. this
            year with 30.

            i agree that those folks who come here seeking a better life, take low-paying
            jobs, and otherwise mind their own business do not overtly threaten our lives;
            but the same flawed mechanism that permits their ‘illegal’ ingress and grants
            them ‘safe haven’ also allows those whose intentions are not so ‘benign’
            anonymity and shelter within our borders. this threatens our liberty.

            ask any of the ranchers who live along the southern border or witness the latest
            affront to u.s. security by manssor arbabsiar and gholam shakuri vis~a~vis the zeta cartel. it’s all ‘part and parcel’ to me mr. camwell…b

            • When he threw in the $1.4 trillion number I assumed he was talking about the Federal deficit. Perhaps I assumed incorrectly.

              And yes, some unsavory characters take advantage of the system. But what percentage of illegals who come in here commit violent crime? What percentage of all violent crime in a city like DC is committed by illegal immigrants?

              My guess is that the percentage is very small, as most illegals just want to keep their heads down and noses to the grindstone.

              • bill

                the box is getting really small mr. camwell so i’ll try to keep
                this brief. you posited:

                ” But what percentage of illegals who come in here commit
                violent crime?”

                the short answer is i don’t know; but i do know the
                administration is bragging about having ‘deported’
                400 thousand ‘criminal’ illegals in the last year. if we assume
                that they each commited, on average, just three offenses
                before they were caught and convicted; then the total number
                of crimes commited by illegals in one year would be easily
                over a million.

                we are a nation of 308m folks and a little basic math puts
                the odds of you or myself becoming the victim at the hands
                of an illegal at 300 to 1.

                stellar odds in vegas; not so much if one lives in los angeles.

        • @jack – My sentence from above is:

          “In California, for example, illegal aliens make up such a huge part of the prison population, and suck up so many public services, by some estimates they account for some $5 Billion/year in deficits; near 25% of the entire deficit.”

          Clearly, I was referring to the CA deficit.

          I mentioned the national deficit in terms of an extrapolation. With all due respect, I would re-read my post.

    • I understand you point Jack but if an illegal is arrested and allowed to stay in this country and that illegal commits a violent crime that is one violent crime that could have been prevented. I don’t know what the percentage is of violent crimes committed by illegals is compaired to violent crimes committed by citizens and legal aliens, but if deporting an illegal alien prevents one violent crime it is worth it in my book.

      • What good would deportation do knowing that the guy came over illegally anyway? It would actually seem to be a big waste of money considering the offender would likely just smuggle himself across the borders again.

        I’m not trying to give off a “well we can’t stop it, so let’s stop trying” attitude, but if we’re going to start deporting people then we should at least make sure that we have an effective way to keep them out first.

        • You are certainly right on that point, Jack. We have to be able to stop the flow of illegal immigration. Without that, all of our other efforts will be null and void.

    • Maybe it is of a lower priority than some of the other issues our country is facing, but I still contend that it needs to be addressed. How serious does it have to get before our government deems it necessary to take real and meaningful action? For the time being, they seem to be turning a blind eye to the problem and I find that very disconcerting.

  • As the socialist hobgoblin emerges from the shadows, all becomes clearer. It’s about solidarity.

    Plus, the democratic party needs those illegal immigrant votes.

    • I can’t help but wonder if that really is the case.

  • I grew up in DC itself and let me tell you, 75% of the city you would never want to visit. The city has always been badly managed and they can’t even handle simple problems like snow removal. DC probably votes 80% Democratic in every election and there are still parts of the city, near Capitol Hill, that haven’t been rebuilt since they were burned down after MLK’s assassination.

    The public schools are horrible and there are few private sector jobs.

    While it is the nation’s capital, I wouldn’t put too much stock in what the morons who govern there do.

    After all, a mayor got filmed smoking crack and, after he got out of jail, was re-elected.

    While I’m lucky to have been raised there, most of DC is a big craphole.

    • One would think our government would want our capital to look better than that. You paint a very disturbing picture of a once-grand city in ruins. Refusing to enforce immigration laws will do nothing to help that image.

      • The Feds cut DC a check once a year and that’s pretty much it.

        In 1991 there were illegal immigrant riots in Adams Morgan when a Mexican got shot by cops. They destroyed a bunch of cars.,_D.C._riot

        This Hispanics hate the blacks and the blacks hate the Hispanics. DC is 60% black but many are being forced out as whites buy homes around Capitol Hill and restore them. There are special loans for people who do this. Add to that a growing Hispanic population and tensions run very high.

        The Chinese pretty much keep to their area but the tensions around those three groups is quite bad. If you go into SE DC at night good chance you’ll never come out alive.

        The city is really a crap hole. I remember being at 14th and K Street after dark back in 1989-1992 and all you saw were drug dealers and hookers. There was a 24 hour McDonalds there so we’d go grab food late at night.

        I could tell you many stories but nothing about DC (or this story) should surprise you.

        I’m sure it looks bad to people not from DC but, for me, I’m surprised this didn’t happen 20 years ago.

  • Jim at Conservatives on Fire

    If we had a nation I.D. system like most countries, the issue could be dealt with quite simply. Cut off all forms of aid. Most would leave on their own. Mexico, for example, has a good GDP growth rate , where as ours is nearly stagnant, and Mexico has a growing middle-class, where ours is shrinking. Win-Win.

    • To be sure, if the magnet that draws the illegal immigrants northward from Mexico, a lot of this problem would sort itself out. Most of them would go back to their homeland.

  • You have hit on an angle to this issue that I had never thought about before Larry, and quite frankly it was brilliant! The federal government is stopping states from cracking down on federal immigration laws by claiming that it is not within their jurisdiction, yet there are other instances of the federal government asking for the help of the states in implementing federal law. You have just exposed the hypocrisy of the federal government, great job!

    • Thanks, Steve. What it amounts to is they want to pick and choose which laws they will enforce. It shouldn’t be that way, but the evidence says it is.

  • The reason the ‘sanctuary’ mentality has been allowed to flourish is because the American people seem unable to realize they have the power to stop this nonsense.

    Blind partisanship trumps trumps their ability to elect those who might put a stop to enabling people to violate our laws and sovereignty and to hold accountable those bleeding heart progressive who are accessories to those crimes. Just my opinion….WM.