House Democratic Caucus leader Brian Moran made a big push yesterday to provide more funding for a task force that tries to root out sexual predators. It’s a good idea worthy of support, although if Delegate Moran was actually committed to protecting Virginia’s children from sexual predators he wouldn’t be so determined in his opposition to enrolling the Commonwealth and it’s localities in the Section 287(g) Program which would allow us to deport illegal aliens after they have committed a crime such as raping a child, rather than releasing them back into our communities. Right now there are without a doubt illegal aliens on Virginia’s Sex Offender Registry, who are so dangerous that they have to report their whereabouts to law enforcement on a regular basis. We know who these dangerous predators are, and Brian Moran doesn’t seem to care about deporting these illegal aliens who clearly pose a risk to our children.
So while yesterday’s press conference provided Moran an opportunity to glom for the cameras as an elected official dedicated to protecting the innocent from the predations of the wicked, it really comes across as a smokescreen. Sure, child molesters that use the internet to find victims are a disturbing lot, and everyone supports reasonable and effective efforts to find these monsters and put them in prison. When a child sexual predator is incarcerated in Virginia, unless he was caught in Prince William County or the very few other localities that have enrolled in the Section 287(g) Program, after that child predator completes his sentence he will be put on Virginia’s Sex Offender Registry and released back into the community, even if the criminal is an illegal alien.
Under the Section 287(g) Program, a crime of this grave nature would permit law enforcement personnel to process for deportation not only illegal aliens, but anyone who is not a citizen. Depending on the severity of the crime, even a naturalized citizen could be subjected to having his citizenship revoked and deportation back to his country of origin. Child sexual predators are a particularly troublesome group of ex-convicts who re-offend at rates that are so high that they are required to register with law enforcement upon their release and periodically afterwards.
I’ve questioned Brian Moran about his position on Section 287(g) several times, and at each opportunity he’s tried to duck the question and refused to say that he would support having law enforcement agencies in the Commonwealth enroll in the program. It has never troubled him before that we know that there are dangerous sexual predators in Virginia who are not legally authorized to be in the United States, we know who they are and where they are, and we could pick them up tomorrow and have them removed from Virginia. It has never troubled him in the past that instead of releasing these monsters as we generally do now, we could have then deported so they could not re-offend and harm another child in Virginia. But Moran is deeply troubled about folks who try to chat up kids on the internet. Excuse us if we’re somewhat skeptical of your real motivations here, Delegate Moran. The bigger threat here is being steadfastly ignored by you.
Moran’s initiative is a good one, but I think it would be worthwhile if the House of Delegates rolls this up into a bill that would require localities in Virginia to participate in the Section 287(g) Program, such as HB 301. If we’re going to actually protect Virginia’s children from sexual predators, we should be concerned not only about those who use the internet to find their victims, but those who may not as well. We should also absolutely ensure that illegal aliens are never released back into our communities and placed on the Virginia Sex Offender Registry instead of being deported. Sure, let’s work to find the sex offenders we don’t know about, but how about we do something about the ones we do (or should) know about that are eligible for removal from our communities.
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