Right on cue, the Manassas Journal-Messenger has published an editorial defending the policy of the Prince William County Police Department which prohibits officers from asking about the immigration status of suspected illegal aliens who commit crimes that are punishable as misdemeanors, and for traffic violations. For weeks I’ve been pointing out that this policy is contrary to federal law, puts federal grants to the county at risk, and is the same policy that Bill O’Reilley referred to as a sanctuary policy in Virginia Beach, and which has since been overturned in the face of public outrage. But for the MJM, it’s more important to supposedly “maintain good contacts with the Hispanic community” than it is to comply with the law and protect the public from criminal illegal aliens.
Somehow there’s this notion that the Hispanic community, which includes plenty of law-abiding legal residents and American citizens, is going to entirely cower in fear if police officers are permitted to ask those they normally encounter about their immigration status. If you believe that the overwhelming majority of the Hispanic community is comprised of illegal aliens, it might be worth considering whether it’s better public policy to encourage these people to return to their countries rather than to help shield them from the consequences of their actions. Tolerating lawlessness has never before been a priority of law enforcement before, but for some reason the MJM and the illegal alien apologists seem to think it’s a good idea now.
The Hispanic community doesn’t seem to me to be this monolithic group area residents who support illegal aliens, or live in fear of legitimate law enforcement activity. They are as diverse a group of individuals as any you would encounter, and within it are substantial numbers of people who are outraged by the lawlessness, fearful of radical elements within the illegal alien population, and fed up with the presence of gangs such as MS-13. Characterizing this diverse community as being universally supportive of the agenda of groups like Mexicanos Sin Fronteras, which has appointed itself as the spokesman for the Hispanic community in the same manner as Al Sharpton tried to assume the mantle of spokesman for the African-American community is not only inaccurate, but rather defamatory. Had someone suggested that we should tread lightly in enforcing laws against criminal gang participation because it would make it harder for African-Americans to report crime, lots of folks would be rightly outraged. Yet it’s acceptable to claim that Latinos don’t want immigration laws enforced because it will make them as a group less likely to report crimes.
The message we should be sending to illegal aliens, of whatever ethnic or racial background they should be, is that they should go home. Adopting policies which encourages their continued unlawful presence is nothing but sanctuary policy, regardless of what supposed intent these policies are to deliver. The Manassas Journal-Messenger can call them whatever they want, but it’s clear that these sanctuary policies are unlawful, present a danger to public safety, and are demeaning to the Hispanic community.
For more on this, see the Help Save Manassas issue page on this sanctuary policy.
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