Senator Jim Webb has managed to “triangulate” himself into the one policy position on the illegal alien issue that will ensure he enrages the most people as possible, as the Washington Times reports. While acknowledging that state and local government has a role to play in the problem, which is reasonable, the purpose for doing so in his opinion is so that every locality can come up with its own solution, unguided by any principle that would unite such local actions into any kind of coherent whole.
On the one hand, there are going to be people who don’t like that, but on the other hand, they still want us to vote for such things as the right of a local community to create a sanctuary,” Mr. Webb said. “So if a local community under our system should have the right to create sanctuaries, the local community should have the right to create restrictions when people truly are illegal.
Can you imagine such a scheme on any other policy position? How about on gun rights? Under such a philosophy, every time you crossed a local political boundary the rules of the game would entirely change, and what was perfectly legal one moment would become a criminal offense the next. Take a wrong turn into a different county, and lawful possession of that self-defensive firearm would sudddenly become an unlawful act although you did nothing to break the law. That’s the sort of problem that results from allowing a local free-for-all with the law. Without consistency, we create a lot of criminals just because they crossed from one side of the street to the other.
Let’s imagine for a moment that Manassas Park became a sanctuary for illegal aliens, and Manassas City had the most comprehensive approach to discouraging the unlawful presence of illegal aliens possible. On one side of a street you’d have a day laborer center chock full of illegal aliens, and on the other side of the street law enforcement officials waiting to pull over vehicles that had picked up day laborers. The chaos that would ensue would be unbearable, and that seems to be what Senator Jim Webb is advocating here.
The left is howling, and doubtless those who favor ensuring that illegal aliens are not encouraged to unlawfully reside in our communities won’t be pleased with this support of sanctuary jurisdictions either as criminal illegal aliens don’t tend to respect political boundaries. Jim Webb is trying to make everyone happy here and in the process has made no one happy. It’s just so Clinton-esque.
At least he’s ended his long silence on this issue. Perhaps with some encouragement from his constituents he can refine his position into something that makes some sense.
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