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August 23, 2007

NJ Claims To Reverse Sanctuary Policy; Geraldo's Mustache Cries

The two aren't really related except they're in the same post.

Can anyone actually mount some sort of defensible argument as to why those picked up for fairly major crimes should not have their immigration status looked into? Even if you buy the whole "most immigrants are hardworking people who we owe our very existence to" line of argument, quite obviously chronic drunk drivers, killers, and rapists are not among those hardworking immigrants with good family values, so I'm a bit at a loss as to why it's so imperative we not "chill" their desire to come to America to kill people.

As for NJ's reversal: I doubt it. State troopers might abide by the new policy (which is doubt is a real policy anyway, and is mostly PR), but city police? Who depend upon the mayor's good graces? I'm not sure the state AG has the power to order cops employed by the city to do this or do that, but even assuming they do have that power, the mayor's policy will be the prevailing one, as the mayor and his hand-picked chief of police actually write the checks.

It's one thing to issue an order like this; it's a whole different thing to enforce it. Enforcing it would require suing mayors -- writs of mandamus, I think: judicial orders to actually do their jobs -- which I doubt that the cozy and corrupt Democratic machine politics of NJ will permit.

And how long would that take, even if anyone had the balls to do it? It would take several years of demonstrable, flagrant noncompliance by local cops to even have a basis for the suit, and then years of actual litigation. And further any local police department which didn't want to comply could just "comply" in a bullshit way, by simply asking people if they're legal or not and claiming that constitutes compliance with the order.

The sanctuary city policy is due to a loophole in federal law, and that loophole needs to be plugged. Immediately.

Meanwhile the Rosa Parks of Undocumented Americans is speaking out, which is actually a good thing, because she's an arrogant and entitled little cuss who thinks Americans are morally compelled to change their laws to suit her needs.

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