It’s *Illegal* Immigration, Folks

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.”

Wrong.

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.

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  1. Lilly says:

    Illinois already has tons of these types of “laws” in place. No asking for immigration status for anything, including welfare.

  2. Sammy says:

    I overheard an conversation while studying the other night at my extremely liberal college. The students near me were discussing issues of the Hispanic community for their Spanish class, and they came to the conclusion that factory raids violated illegal aliens “constitutional rights” and served only to demoralize the whole community. Why bother deporting them if they just come back anyway?

    I had to leave the room before I said something I would regret. I recognize that many people come here by any means necessary to give their children a better life, but I also recognize that our country needs to know who is crossing over its borders and be able to follow a legal process that grants citizenship on our terms. This concept of rule of law is foreign to the people with whom I associate.

  3. Lisa says:

    Should I say California is a pioneer in these type of laws. In the Richmond, where the crime is skyrocketing and community grown out of proportions with illegals, police knows better than anybody else these areas, but they better follow the invisible signs “Only U Turn” and “Do Not Disturb – Illegals”, otherwise they can get in trouble.
    For the last of at least 20 years, the Richmond area getting worse and worse with more poor people, high crime and when you mix this with illegals – you get ‘Bloody Mary’ cocktail.
    Main tax revenue comes from taxing Chevron (refineries), but money disappear faster tan they come, so they open Indian Casino (thanks to Dem. Rep George Miller). Did they get rich? – Yeah, right – now the poor got even poorer and crime get higher. City still without money and they think about opening another casino.
    This are became a magnet for all types of illegal activities and crime.
    And, when police wanted to do something about that, what the City officials did – they dictate to the police do not ask the ID especially if they are Black or Hispanic – just let them go.
    How sickening all of this is….

  4. Sullivan says:

    The United States has Immigration laws. As do all countries.

    Some countries’ laws are more stringent than ours:

    1. If you migrate to this county, you must speak the native language

    2. You have to be a professional or an investor. No unskilled workers allowed.

    3. There will be no special bilingual programs in the schools, no special ballots for elections, all government business will be conducted in our language.

    4. Foreigners will NOT have the right to vote no matter how long they are here.

    5 Foreigners will NEVER be able to hold political office.

    6. Foreigners will not be a burden to the taxpayers. No welfare, no food stamps, no health care, or other government assistance programs.

    7. Foreigners can invest in this country, but it must be an amount equal to 40,000 times the daily minimum wage.

    8. If foreigners do come and want to buy land that will be okay, BUT options will be restricted. You are not allowed waterfront property. That is reserved for citizens naturally born into this country.

    9. Foreigners may not protest; no demonstrations, no waving a foreign flag, no political organizing, no badmouthing our president or his policies, if you do you will be sent home.

    10. If you do come to this country illegally, you will be hunted down and sent straight to jail.

    Harsh, you say?

    The above laws belong to the immigration laws of MEXICO!

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