Dayton Daily News: ‘Officers Ordered Not to Ask for Immigration Status’
City police officers are now prohibited from asking the immigration status of a witness or victim of a crime in hopes it eases fears some ethnic groups have of law enforcement.
Police Chief Richard Biehl issued the executive order to his nearly 390 officers on Dec. 30 telling them, “Citizens must feel free to call for police services without fear of undue repercussions.”
Biehl’s order, aimed mostly at the Latino community, goes on to say a “Police presence within the entire community is extremely important to engender a feeling of safety and trust…”
The order is being cheered by the city’s Hispanic community, whose leaders have said many victims of crimes who can’t provide documented citizenship don’t report incidents to police because they fear being arrested or even deported.
“Reporting crimes helps everyone in the community and Chief Biehl wants to stop crime in the city,” said Sister Maria Stacy, director of the local Hispanic Catholic Ministry. “When victims are willing to report it, crime can be decreased.”
Look, I understand the populist rationale here. We’ll have less crime if witnesses don’t have to fear deportation. Whether or not that’s true, or whether or not much of the crime in question is also being caused by illegal immigrants, the problem with this policy change is right there in the Police Chief’s statement — “Citizens must feel free to call for police services without fear of undue repercussions.”
First of all, these aren’t “citizens.” Secondly, these so-called “citizens” are breaking federal immigration law simply by being in this country. Much as a couple of mobsters with a still-warm body in the trunk of their Lincoln Town Car have “fear of undue repercussions” should they be stopped by police for speeding because they are breaking the law by murdering someone and throwing the body in the trunk, illegal immigrants should have similar fears of undue repercussions because they are breaking the law by being here in the first place.
We will not fix the problem that is illegal immigration until we confront its illegality.