The Washington Times reports on Jackson Miller’s initiative to have the Manassas Ciity Police participate in ICE training this morning in an excellent article where we learn a bit more about the discussion going on between members of the city council and employees of the city. While we’ve learned that several members of the council are generally supportive of this program, Chief Skinner is apparently it’s chief detractor.
In the article Police Chief John Skinner is quoted regarding his concerns for participating in the program, and while some of these concerns seem to be valid issues that will need to be resolved in order for program implementation to be successful, some others are almost silly. The chief’s fears regarding “a backlash among the city’s Hispanic community” sounds like the city police are almost afraid of confronting lawlessness which is about the most counterproductive attitude a law enforcement executive could ever possibly have. The city had a backlash before, and relented in the face of it, supported by Mexicanos Sin Fronteras and a small collection of illegal immigrant activists which included Democratic nominee for the 50th District Jeanette Rishell. Retreat so far hasn’t proven to be a successful strategy. Meanwhile the city council has done little to resolve the ongoing and serious problems resulting from illegal immigration, and the citizens continue to suffer.
At this point the city should be more concerned about a backlash from the electorate.
I hear that in Mecklenburg County, NC, where this program is in place, the local Hispanic community has been pleased with how the program has removed the criminal element from their midst. Nothing has improved relations between the Hispanic community there and the community in general more than the significant reduction in crime and lawlessness which has resulted from this program. It has clearly demonstrated how valuable the Hispanic community can be once they are not plagued by illegals and criminals.
Jackson Miller has been proposing this program for six months, and finally we’re at a point where it seems such a program can be implemented. The citizens overwhelmingly support this program as an effective means of combating illegal immigration on a local level. Of course there will have to careful consideration about just how the city will participate in the program, but the debate should focus on how to implement it, not whether it should be implemented at all.
“This program is a no-brainer,” [Jackson Miller] said. “It’s just that extra step that can be used for an officer to find out if that person is legal and … start the deportation process.”
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