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Some police chiefs support "reform", oppose 287g; Damien Cave/NYT misleads about immigration law

Damien Cave of the New York Times offers "Big-City Police Chiefs Urge Overhaul of Immigration Policy" (link). Several police chiefs of major cities have reiterated their support for comprehensive immigration reform and their opposition to the 287g program [1]. Their supposed solution would only solve the situation temporarily, if that. The "reform" they support would lead to more illegal immigration, and the problems they pretend they want to solve would simply recur sooner or later. If they're sincere - and not just playing politics or trying to obtain race-based power as I strongly suspect - their only option would be to support strong enforcement of our laws in order to reduce the numbers of illegal aliens in the U.S. Instead of doing that, they're supporting something that would lead to even more of their supposed issues.

As for Cave, he draws a partially false distinction between "crimes and violations of immigration law, which are civil." See this for a longer discussion, but only overstaying your visa is a civil violation; crossing the border (even if caught months or years later) is not just a crime, but it can be a felony. Perhaps Cave should have asked the chiefs about that.

[1] Those mentioned in the article are: John Timoney of Miami, Art Acevedo of Austin, and Art Venegas, former chief of police in Sacramento.

Other tags: immigration crime

Thu, 07/02/2009 - 02:51 · Importance: 4

Thu, 07/02/2009 - 14:28
petty bourgeois

These goddamned police chiefs need to be tarred and feathered and otherwise publicly shamed before being kicked out of office. If they had the same enthusiasm they employ for enforcing seat belt laws as applied to criminal invaders we would be better off. As it stands now, these chiefs ("jefes") are simply aiding and abetting felonious conduct. They need to be taken out to the woodshed for a thorough beating, for certain, before being tried for dereliction of duty, malfeasance of office and felony conspiracy. Turning a blind eye is crime in of itself. As for the article's assertion about it being a civil offense, this sort of blatant lie shocks the conscience. I pray the NTY goes BK soon. All the news fit to line a bird cage or train a dog.

Thu, 07/02/2009 - 15:41

I have a better idea for these police chiefs. Let them volunteer for the 1500 needed border guards Obama has called for. Make sure they obey his edict that they do so UMARMED....or to put it another way, with both arms tied behind their backs!

Thu, 07/02/2009 - 17:58
Fred Dawes

Mary is right.

Mon, 07/06/2009 - 01:10
Leave it to Beaner

petty bourgeois makes more sense. "They need to be taken out to the woodshed for a thorough beating, for certain, before being tried for dereliction of duty, malfeasance of office and felony conspiracy" I would think the RICO Act could easily be deployed in a class action Law suit, [filed by the 70% working class Americans] against these senators and representitives who betray their oath of office for finacial gain. Now if only their was a true AG to have the balls to do it. The Law is the Law. Geez...this seems so easy to fix? WTF?