An article in the DC Examiner quotes Neabsco Supervisor John Jenkins as being open to changing the Rule of Law Resolution to focus on “‘the worst of the worst’ instead of traffic violators,” as if returning the focus of having law enforcement clean up the mess after a tragedy is a better policy than preventing that mess in the first place. Given the kind of unlawful behavior we’ve seen from illegal aliens over the past few years, I can’t imagine why anyone could responsibly argue that playing catch-and-release with illegal aliens under any circumstances is anything that approaches responsible public policy.
This past month Prince William County Police apprehended an illegal alien during a traffic stop who had skipped bail on an attempted murder charge in Montgomery County, MD, and the Department’s policy of checking the immigration status of all suspected illegal aliens is credited as the reason why this one of the half-million illegal alien absconders running loose in the country was finally caught. A triple homicide in Woodbridge last year was committed by an illegal alien who had previous interactions with county police officers for non-arrestable offenses. In all too many cases, illegal aliens who ultimately murder, rape, assault or otherwise violently harm Prince William County residents have been pulled over for traffic violations before they committed their crimes just as one of the 9-11 hijackers had been pulled over by the New Jersey Highway Patrol before he assisted in the murder of over three thousand innocent Americans. Catch-and-release is a terrible policy, with deadly consequences.
Some of those consequences are less deadly, but far more frequent. Persons driving without a license and insurance have been a constant complaint of county residents who were fed up with non-english speaking drivers fleeing accident scenes such as the one where Prince William County Police Lieutenant Harrover was nearly killed by a drunken illegal alien driver without a license. I’ve talked to at least a dozen county residents who have had their parked cars hit by persons who couldn’t speak English and had no drivers license and who tried to flee the scene of the accident, leaving them to shoulder the expense of getting their property repaired. The problem is so common that Mexicans Without Borders pleaded with their illegal alien membership days before the Rule of Law Resolution went into effect to stop driving without a license lest they end up getting deported if caught by the police. The public safety issue here is enormous.
Before the Rule of Law Resolution went into effect, traffic court at the Judicial Center in Manassas was inundated with foreign nationals of uncertain legal status who had been charged with driving without a license. Often, these persons were charged a nominal $50 or $100 for driving without a license and released, making the consequence of willfully violating our laws so minimal that it utterly failed to deter this dangerous behavior. As a direct result of this complete unwillingness to ensure that our laws were respected, our government encouraged dangerous behavior on our roads and a tolerance towards unlawful behavior that encouraged illegal aliens to violate the law. Now that illegal aliens are aware of real potential consequences for the willful violation of our laws, a significant number of them aren’t driving in the county, and many of them have left.
Now John Jenkins is considering taking the policies that have dramatically increased public safety and put an end to this outrage, and throwing them away. This is terribly irresponsible, and I would hope that county residents would ensure that he is made clear on just how insane an idea this actually is by calling him at 703-792-4668 (his aide can be reached at 703-792-4667) and mailing him and his colleagues at firstname.lastname@example.org. If we wait for the not-so-worst to actually become the “worst of the worst” we put our citizens in grave and deliberate danger that we have proven is avoidable. If we demonstrate that breaking the law carries no meaningful consequences, we effectively reward unlawful behavior to the detriment of our security and safety. As a policy initiative, this just plain stinks.
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