Stan­dards needed in im­mi­gra­tion de­bate

The Washington Times Weekly - - Commentary - Bill O’Reilly

Well, Vir­ginia Beach folded. In the face of grow­ing anger from its cit­i­zenry, the city an­nounced it will stop its “Sanc­tu­ary” pol­icy of fail­ing to in­form fed­eral au­thor­i­ties about crim­i­nal il­le­gal aliens.

The back story here is bru­tal. On March 30, 17-year-old Alison Kun­hardt and 16-year-old Tessa Tran­chant were killed when il­le­gal alien Al­fredo Ramos slammed into their car. Ramos was drunk and had four pre­vi­ous beefs with the law, in­clud­ing a DUI con­vic­tion.

Yet, Vir­ginia Beach po­lice Chief Jake Ja­cocks told the press he had or­dered his of­fi­cers not to call Home­land Se­cu­rity Agents (ICE) about any “low-level” of­fend­ers be­cause he, Mr. Ja­cocks, didn’t be­lieve it was his job to help the feds. What? It seems to me that ev­ery law en­force­ment of­fi­cer should want as few crim­i­nals in town as pos­si­ble. Since Ramos was here in the USA il­le­gally, and was a con­sis­tent law­breaker in Vir­ginia Beach, the feds could have eas­ily re­moved him from the area and sent him back to Mex­ico. Ap­par­ently, Mr. Ja­cocks had a prob­lem with that.

But not any longer, at least in pub­lic. Af­ter my re­port­ing bat­tered the gov­ern­ment of Vir­ginia Beach, it has changed it’s dan­ger­ous and ir­re­spon­si­ble pol­icy. But Mr. Ja­cocks got in a last shot call­ing me, your hum­ble correspondent, “pa­thetic.”

But that was an im­prove­ment over what Den­ver Post colum­nist Joanne Ostrow called me af­ter she saw my cov­er­age of the Vir­ginia Beach story. Ms. Ostrow called me “racist.”

So why all the anger? Doesn’t it make sense that any per­son who is in the coun­try il­le­gally in the first place, be de­ported when con­victed of com­mit­ting a crime on Amer­i­can soil? I can’t read minds but there is some­thing very strange go­ing on inside the “pro-im­mi­gra­tion” move­ment.

When Pres­i­dent Ron­ald Rea- gan de­liv­ered cit­i­zen­ship to al­most three mil­lion il­le­gal aliens in 1986 through his “amnesty” pro­gram, the en­tire prob­lem of peo­ple com­ing to Amer­ica with­out proper cre­den­tials was sup­posed to have been solved. At the time the At­lanta Jour­nal ed­i­to­ri­al­ized “it will help stem the tide of fu­ture il­le­gal en­trants [. . .]”

The New York Times, The Wall Street Jour­nal, The Wash­ing­ton Post, all rhap­sodized that Mr. Rea­gan’s vi­sion would be great for Amer­ica.

So now we have four times as many il­le­gal aliens wait­ing for an­other amnesty, with more com­ing ev­ery hour of the day.

With emo­tions run­ning high, the fed­eral gov­ern­ment, never a tower of courage, does not seem able to fix the chaos. Most Amer­i­cans un­der­stand that the vast ma­jor­ity of il­le­gal im­mi­grants sim­ply want a bet­ter life and will work hard to get it. So I ask you, who wants to deny any­one a bet­ter life?

But by fail­ing to in­sti­tute stan­dards of be­hav­ior in the im­mi­gra­tion arena, the U.S. gov­ern­ment puts us all at risk. There’s no way on this earth that a four­time loser, in this coun­try il­le­gally, should have been driv­ing around drunk. Didn’t Al­li­son and Tessa de­serve to live? We have mil­lions of Amer­i­cans who drive around smashed, do you we need to add to that num­ber with in­sane “Sanc­tu­ary” poli­cies that pro­tect crim­i­nal il­le­gal aliens?

The power bro­kers in Vir­ginia Beach were forced to do the right thing but still don’t be­lieve they were ever wrong. How did things get so out of whack in Amer­ica?

Bill O’Reilly is a na­tion­ally syn­di­cated colum­nist.

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