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.
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:
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.
“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.
“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.”
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?
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.
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.