Wednesday, May 23, 2007

Sanctuary Cities

Can't we at least deport those that repeatedly break the law? Three of the Fort Dix 6 terrorist who planned to kill hundreds of our servicemen and women were illegal aliens. They were also rotten drivers. Investigative reporter Jim Osman reports that the three had numerous run-ins with law enforcement:
Suspect Shain Duka had a real New Jersey driver's license despite being an illegal immigrant; he had an abysmal driving record. Duka was repeatedly stopped by police and had 19 suspensions of his license.

Suspect Dritan Duka, also illegally in the country, obtained a driving permit. He was stopped by police 11 times between 1997 and 2006. The state of New Jersey indefinitely suspended his original permit when it found out his visa had expired. He kept encountering authorities on driving issues.

And Eljvir Duka, as well in the country illegally, had 24 suspensions of his driving permit and was tagged by the state as a persistent violator.

The police knew they weren’t legal, why weren’t they deported? Many police departments are not even allowed to ascertain weather a suspect is illegal and police are not happy about it. Peggy O'Hare reports from Houston:
In the months before three East End women were abducted, raped and slain last year, one of the accused killers, Walter Alexander Sorto, 25, was ticketed by Houston police several times for traffic violations.

Sorto was an illegal immigrant, having somehow managed to circumvent the usual ports of entry into this country, just like his accused companion in crime, Edgardo Rafael Cubas, 24. They remained below radar, undetected by immigration authorities until they were arrested for capital murder.

But had they crossed paths with Houston police before the violence — as Sorto apparently did — officers here might have been hamstrung anyway, barred by city rules from asking about their immigration status or reporting them to federal authorities.

Critics refer to this rule as a "sanctuary" policy. And Sorto is a pointed example of what frustrates some Houston police officers about the "hands-off" provision toward illegal immigrants.
Sanctuary cities prohibit their law enforcement agencies from aiding federal authorities in any way when it comes to illegal immigrants. Some cities like San Francisco are actively trying to disrupt immigration raids. Mayor Newsom:
"I will not allow any of my department heads or anyone associated with this city to cooperate in any way shape or form with these raids," Newsom declared. "We are a sanctuary city, make no mistake about it."

Problem with these sanctuary cities is that there is no legal basis for doing so. It’s actually illegal.
Entry into the United States without inspection is a misdemeanor; but harboring, shielding, or concealing illegal aliens is a felony (Immigration and Nationality Act). Federal, state, and local officials may not restrict the sending to or receiving from the Immigration and Naturalization Service information regarding the citizenship or immigration status, lawful or unlawful, of any individual (Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigration Responsibility Act; Welfare Reform Act).
If you or anyone you know are a victim of a crime committed by illegal aliens and your city knew they were illegal, sue the hell out of the city. San Francisco will have to explain in a court of law why they are not obeying the laws of these United States. These are the sanctuary cities:

Anchorage, Alaska
Fairbanks, Alaska
Chandler, Arizona
Fresno, California
Los Angeles, California
San Diego, California
San Francisco, California
Sonoma County, California
Evanston, Illinois
Cicero, Illinois
Cambridge, Massachusetts
Orleans, Massachusetts
Portland, Maine
Baltimore, Maryland
Takoma Park, Maryland
Ann Arbor, Michigan
Minneapolis, Minnesota
Durham, North Carolina
Albuquerque, New Mexico
Aztec, New Mexico
Rio Arriba County, New Mexico
Sante Fe, New Mexico
New York, New York
Ashland, Oregon
Gaston, Oregon
Marion County, Oregon
Austin, Texas
Houston, Texas
Katy, Texas
Seattle, Washington
Madison, Wisconsin.

* Alaska and Oregon both have state-wide policies that forbid state agencies from using resources to enforce federal immigration law. Oregon law, however, does provide an exception to allow law enforcement officers to share information on immigration status with federal authorities with those arrested for criminal offenses.


Jungle Mom said...

It makes no sense to have laws that are not enforced! why bother, just let anarchy reign.

Jungle Mom said...

OOps! I meant to tell you, I am working my way through your blogroll. interesting reading.

Sherry said...

I'm not at all against immigrants coming to this country as long as it is LEGAL. If a person is illegal, no matter the country of origin, by all means, they are lawbreakers and should be deported.

John D Infidel said...

Does it seem we are spiraling into another Secessionist War (aka Civil War)?

Anonymous said...

I am appalled. I live in Chandler.

edla67 said...

Ban them, stop the nonsense!
A sanctuary city is not a good place to hang around, except if you do a PhD type study on gang members, tatoos, spanish language or gun shots.

Anonymous said...

thanks for the list of sanctuary cities! It'll help in defending the economic refugees that are forced to come here "illegaly" because of a ridiculously complicated and increasingly expensive immigration process and fucked up foreign economic policies that destroy latin american countries through treaties like NAFTA, CAFTA and Plan Puebla Panama! Beware the brown peril!

Anonymous said...

What the News Doesn't Get..
by Colin Semeniuk, husband of the victims' sister...

M y wife, who gives me inspiration and brightens my life daily, is devastated every time she has to hear about how her sister's killer- Walter Alexander Sorto- gets another fifteen minutes of fame for his disgusting crimes.

Its not enough that his bid to overturn his conviction gets media attention, but that there seems to be a constant parade of appeals from a man that has already confessed to his victims' rape- a crime that alone in my mind warrants the death penalty- and the crux of his appeal rests on the fact that he was merely a silent witness to the murders but did not actually commit them.

The worst thing is that if you google Walter Alexander Sorto's name, you will find that Sorto is seeking a Spanish pen-pal and proclaims his innocence- invoking God and condemning the system that put him on death row, however, he forgets to recount his previous armed robbery conviction, confession of the rape, torture and killings and blames the whole thing on his inability to speak English and his court-appointed attorney.

Who will console my wife when she cries at the injustice of having her sister taken away from her? Roxana left two beautiful children who are robbed of their loving mother, and the only thing they have left are their distant fading memories of their mommy. No mother is there to comfort them from their nightmares and their father's whole life was stolen from him- leaving him lost and heart-broken. You don't hear this side of the story. You don't hear about Roxana's own mother (my mother-in-law) and the tremendous courage it took to go to into that Houston court room and listen to how her daughter was brutally raped and murdered. You don't hear how hard-working, how loving, and how tragic it is to have those two women ripped from their families. What you do hear is news organizations focus on the fact that Walter A. Sorto was a Salvadorian national and an illegal alien.

Yes, Sorto does deserve capital punishent for his horrific crimes and for breaking the hearts of the children, parents, siblings, and and extended families of his victims- Oh, but did you hear was an illegal immigrant from El Salvador? Newsflash! Murder, rape, torture are evil acts in every country- committed by evil people all over the world- and these evildoers must face justice. What I can't understand is how the media can twist this story of horrific murder into a referendum on illegal immigration.

Here's another breaking story- the victims of the crimes of Walter Sorto were also immigrants, and also El Salvadorian. They were hard-working, law-abiding, and good citizens who did not deserve to have their lives taken from them. When the media talks about Sorto being illegal immigrant- it is a slap in the face to the victims themselves, fostering unfounded racial hatred against the millions of immigrants (legal and illegal) who work hard everyday to make America the great nation that it is.

I've had enough of xenophobes railroading a violent news story for their own agenda- while not giving proper respect to the memory of the victims of these crimes. Roxana's mother came here from El Salvador with her four children because she believed in America. She believed that her life and the lives of her children would be better here in America. She sacrificed and struggled to build her business and to give her children the kind of life she never had. After all the trials and tribulations, her beautiful child was taken from her. No one can know the pain of losing a child- unless they go through that experience. Yet, she continues to muster the strength to go on with life and be there for her other daughters and grandchildren. She continues to work hard and contribute to this country and she still believes in America.

In these difficult times, when there is a lot of negative talk about the decline of America- it is so awe-inspiring to see someone- an immigrant- who has had so much taken from them, been through so many hard times, still fight with all their resolve to make this community, this city, this country- a better place. If every citizen had just one-half of her heart, America would forever be the greatest nation on earth. My mother-in-law continues to be a shining example of how immigrants make this the best country in the world to live in and she is a role-model for all immigrants to emulate- including myself. Instead of giving that murderer one second of your attention, how about sending a prayer to the loving memory of Roxana Aracelie Capulin and Mario Moreno Rengal, who are angels in Heaven.

Thank you,
Colin Semeniuk

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