"How did it come to pass that an opposition's measure of a president's foreign policy was all or nothing, success or "failure"? The answer is that the political absolutism now normal in Washington arrived at the moment--Nov. 7, 2000--that our politics subordinated even a war against terror to seizing the office of the presidency." - Daniel Henninger - WSJ 11/18/05
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Friday, July 28, 2006

Illegal Immigration: Don't Ask Don't Tell

Cross posted from CommonSenseAmerica:

Judicial Watch, a public interest group that fights government corruption, is taking on the issue of illegal immigrants and those that enable them:

The LA Times reports:

A Superior Court judge Thursday rejected a motion by the city of Los Angeles to dismiss a legal challenge to a Police Department policy prohibiting officers from asking witnesses and suspects about their immigration status.

The action keeps alive the lawsuit by Judicial Watch, which alleged that the LAPD's Special Order 40 violates federal and state law. "The LAPD has adopted what is in effect a `don't ask, don't tell' policy with respect to immigration status," Judicial Watch alleged in its lawsuit.

From Judicial Watch:

"It cannot be denied that Special Order 40 and the policies, practices, and procedures arising thereunder violate both the letter and spirit of [federal law]," Judicial Watch argued in its court filing. "The LAPD has adopted what is in effect a `Don't Ask, Don't Tell' policy with respect to immigration status. Under ordinary circumstances, a `cop on the beat' who suspects an individual of being in the United States illegally cannot inquire about that individual's immigration status…He cannot undertake any investigation at all."

"The Los Angeles Police Department needs to stop undermining our nation's immigration laws," said Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton. "Special Order 40 is unlawful and dangerous. It prevents police officers from communicating freely with federal immigration officials and puts American citizens at risk from criminal illegal aliens."

It is about time we challenge the so-called "sanctuary cities". There will be no need to deport if our immigration laws, the ones we now have, are enforced. Illegal immigrants will be forced to leave if they are not allowed to live and work here under an illegal status. It isn't rocket science and here's the proof from one small town.

The New York Times reports:

RIVERSIDE, N.J., July 27 — The downtown streets of this working-class town — usually filled with many of the immigrants who have made this place home — were unusually empty the day after the Township Council approved an ordinance banning employers and landlords from hiring or housing illegal immigrants.

At a heated meeting on Wednesday night that one resident compared to "The Jerry Springer Show," Riverside's five-member Council unanimously approved the Illegal Immigration Relief Act, citing overcrowded apartments, jammed parking lots, and a strain on the town's schools and social services, as reasons for passing the measure.

Fines start at $1,000 for violations of the Riverside ordinance, which makes it illegal to hire people who cannot prove they are legally in the United States, or to rent or lease them property. A violator also could lose his or her business permit for five years.

As long as we cater to illegal immigrants by allowing them to work and receive benefits such as health care, housing, and education, we will never be able to deal with this problem. Riverside, NJ proves that if you get serious about illegal immigration, the problem can be solved without giving away this nation at the expense of its taxpayers.

Where will all of the illegal immigrants from Riverside, NJ go now for jobs? Considering the fact that they are here illegally, there should be no city in this nation that should harbor them. If our laws were truly enforced, the illegal immigrants would have taken the correct path into this country. It is not too late, nor `unrealistic', to expect them to do so now.

Also blogging on this issue:

From Red Hot Cuppa Politics, "Obrador Declares Self New President of Mexico!"
From Morning Coffee, "Another local Community takeing a stand"
From DeMediacratic Nation, "Morgan Spurlock, 30 Days and Illegal Immigration"
From Take Back Georgia, "Latino backlash in GA and other Law Enforcement news…"
From The Uncooperative Blogger, "Cornyn, Kyl seek $3.5 billion more for security"
From InMuscatine, "Latin Family Values Myth Debunked"

**This was a production of The Coalition Against Illegal Immigration (CAII). If you would like to participate, please go to the above link to learn more. Afterwards, email the coalition and let me know at what level you would like to participate.**


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