So in a bow to Tenants and Workers United, Arlington is going to request dropping out of Secure Communities despite the fact (admitted by the illegal alien pandering police department, no less) that the program helps ensure that the identities of illegal aliens arrested for violations of state or local law are confirmed, and that they’re not wanted for other crimes. Demonstrated public safety benefits are thus deliberately subverted in order to pursue a political agenda favorable to illegal aliens. Oh, the benefits of “hope and change,” where illegal aliens are protected from facing the consequences of their unlawful behavior while American citizens are subjected to the full force of the Rule of Law.
From the DC Examiner:
The Arlington County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously in favor of a resolution to withdraw from the federal Secure Communities program, saying that it is not the role of Arlington’s law enforcement to enforce federal immigration laws.
The program is an agreement between the federal government and 26 states where local law enforcement agencies send fingerprints of individuals they arrest to be checked against the FBI’s national criminal database and the Department of Homeland Security’s immigration database.
The resolution, introduced by board member J. Walter Tejada, directs the county manager to notify Immigration and Customs Enforcement and the Virginia State Police of the county’s intent.
Arlington County became the second jurisdiction in the nation to vote to opt out of the program. Earlier Tuesday, the county board in Santa Clara, Calif., also voted against the program.
To be consistent, Arlington should announce it’s intention to stop participating in the enforcement of any federal laws such as kidnapping, bank robbery, medicaid fraud, federal hate crimes and the hundreds of other federal statutes that local law enforcement regularly investigates on behalf of federal authorities. Really, if Arlington is going to avoid accusations that it simply is picking and choosing what crimes it wants to address for political reasons, it should adopt a policy that it will only take efforts to enforce state and local law. Can’t the same argument that lifting a finger to prevent illegal immigration could cause people not to report crimes also be said about investigating violations of the federal Violence Against Women Act, which could suppress crime reporting by persons who just might incidentally beat the stuffing out of their live-in girlfriends when they get drunk? Aren’t their crime reports just as worthy?
There’s a special beauty about the leftists, that seem to think that because of the special and unique enlightenment they possess they’re qualified to determine which laws should be enforced and which should be ignored, regardless of the pesky legislators that enact those laws. Somehow that precious enlightenment always leads them to the conclusion that certain potentially like-minded groups should be shielded from the law so resources can be devoted to prosecute non-like-minded individuals. It supposedly leads to more resource efficiency, and potentially more political power.
Well, if there’s one argument that can be made about the wisdom of the Dillon Rule in Virginia that only allows localities to take those actions expressly permitted by the General Assembly, this might be it. Simple things like equal protection of the law would be a lot harder to maintain without it when you have localities governed by neo-communists like the Central Arlington Hatchery and Conditioning Centre Administrator, Walter Tejada.
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