Today’s joint community meeting with PWCPD Chief Charlie Deane and Mexican Consul Enrique Escorza is yet another in a series of disturbing attempts by foreign governments to intervene in the affairs of Prince William County and subvert local, state and federal laws. In September 2006, El Salvador established a facility in Woodbridge to provide identity cards to their nationals in the United States who “lacked documentation”. In July, 2007 the Mexican Consulate used the campus of Northern Virginia Community College to provide fraud-prone “matricula consular” cards to Mexican nationals who were similarly “document challenged”. This recent attempt by the Mexican Consulate to intervene in the sovereign affairs of the United States adds a new dimension to this outrageous behavior in that a local government official has, without the slightest authorization, become complicit. Indeed, some might characterize this behavior of Chief Deane as treason.
Tonight’s meeting is innocuous enough. As part of the police department’s ongoing effort to combat a furious misinformation campaign by radical open borders advocates who have so far succeeded in terrorizing the immigrant community, the Department seeks to reach out yet again to explain what local law enforcement is actually doing in Prince William County. The Mexican Consulate is participating in this event, making this a joint effort between the agent of a foreign government and the leader of a local law enforcement agency. It’s not entirely unheard of for a foreign consulate to have discussions with a local government, and under some circumstances this kind of contact is rather regular. For example, if a foreign national is arrested it is a regular practice for the Consulate to be notified and provided with access to their citizen.
There’s a right way to do this, and a wrong way to do this however. The right way for a foreign government to reach down to a local government in the United States is through the State Department, which is very familiar with the bilateral agreements the United States has with foreign governments, and the Vienna Convention on Consular Relations, which is the basic framework that governs the behavior of embassies and consulates. State Department officials know what is permitted under these agreements and will put a quick stop to efforts by a foreign government to act in impermissible ways. They can also deal with many of the concerns of a foreign nation so that relations are managed in a consistent and professional manner as well as relieving state and local governments of the need to manage diplomatic relations with foreign governments at local taxpayer expense. For these reasons, it is absolutely wrong for a consulate to directly contact local government officials without the knowledge of the State Department, and wrong for local elected officials to deal directly with agents of a foreign government outside of the established regular framework that manages activities permitted under the Vienna Convention.
The Vienna Convention does not permit a foreign government to weigh in on the policies and laws that Prince William County adopts, other than to register their concerns with the State Department. Nor does it permit foreign governments to weigh in on how these policies and laws are implemented. As before, the proper route for those concerns runs through Foggy Bottom, not the Headquarters of the Prince William County Police Department. If Mexico had followed this mandated procedure, something important would have happened here that has not: the Prince William Board of County Supervisors would have been aware of what is going on. Until reporters started calling Supervisors for comment the day before the joint meeting with the Consulate and Chief Deane, they had no idea this was happening.
When the Mexican Government got the bright idea to send a delegation to Prince William County to lecture us on civil rights in October, our elected officials swiftly and unequivocally denounced this outrage, and forced the Mexican government to cancel the visit. Chief Deane was certainly aware of this, and had no doubt in his mind that had he gone to the Board of Supervisors and told them that he intended to enter into discussions with the Mexican Government, they would have rightly shot that idea down in an instant. Prince William County already has enough problems with Mexico’s deliberate attempts to increase the number of illegal aliens unlawfully residing in the United States, and their “assistance” in local law enforcement efforts designed to counter Mexico’s outrageous behavior is absolutely unwanted.
So instead of asking, knowing that the answer wouldn’t be the one he wanted, Chief Deane secretly entered into discussions with the Mexican Consulate without even the knowledge of the Board of Supervisors. Joint appearances between the Chief of the Prince William County Police Department and the Mexican Consul don’t just magically happen. These things take coordination and time. It’s quite possible that the discussions between Deane and representatives of the Mexican Government have been ongoing for months, and Deane has been engaging in what amounts to secret diplomatic negotiations with a foreign government whose interests are clearly at odds with our elected officials and the citizens in Prince William County.
The Government of Mexico has been willfully attempting to undermine the enforcement of federal law in the United States. Their provision of guides to their citizens on how to unlawfully cross our borders and evade the Border Patrol is a hostile act of guerrilla warfare. The frequent incursion of armed federales and Mexican Soldiers into U.S. territory in order to provide security for drug runners is a hostile act of open warfare. In order to protect remittances from the U.S., which constitute the second-largest source of national income for Mexico, the Government of Mexico has regularly attempted to inject itself into the legislative process in the United States and influence what laws are passed, which borders on an espionage effort. Collaboration by U.S. citizens with such activities is a very serious matter.
Depending on what actually results from such unauthorized activity with the agents of a foreign government, the legal classification for such activity, provided it harms the national interests of the United States, is treason or sedition. The maximum penalty for treason under federal law is execution. It is virtually certain that the activities of Chief Deane were not intended, nor did they significantly harm the national security of the United States, making such a prosecution for treason absolutely unwarranted. Nevertheless his actions are a breach of public trust, a clear violation of his powers and authority, and absolutely a clear reason why Deane’s resignation must be demanded.
Chief Deane has attempted to subvert the will of the Board of County Supervisors at every opportunity, but has always tried to stay within the limits of acceptable behavior. Conducting secret negotiations with a foreign government that is openly hostile to the interests of the residents of Prince William County and the citizens of the United States strays tremendously far outside of these limits. Should his behavior also give reasonable cause to believe a violation of the law has occurred, Deane’s activities should be subject to an immediate investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation. The Chief is not above the law, nor is he above the authority of the Board of County Supervisors, who he has clearly challenged here.
It is time for Chief Deane to go.
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