The im­mi­gra­tion in­sur­rec­tion in our cities

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

All around the coun­try cer­tain cities are re­fus­ing to in­form fed­eral au­thor­i­ties about the ac­tiv­i­ties of il­le­gal aliens, even for­eign na­tion­als who com­mit crimes in their ju­ris­dic­tions. Last week the po­lice de­part­ment in New Haven, Con­necti­cut is­sued a memo or­der­ing of­fi­cers not to co­op­er­ate with Home­land Se­cu­rity on en­forc­ing war­rants for il­le­gal im­mi­grants. This fol­lows New Haven’s dis­tri­bu­tion of ID cards to il­le­gals so they can ac­cess city ser­vices.

This, of course, is out­ra­geous and verges on an­ar­chy. New Haven of­fi­cials have vi­o­lated Fed­eral Statute 1373(a), and if At­tor­ney Gen­eral Gon­za­les still has an of­fice, he should prose- cute them.

But he won’t. And Pres­i­dent Bush will re­main mute as well. The pres­i­dent could urge Congress to cut off fed­eral fund­ing to New Haven and ev­ery other mu­nic­i­pal­ity that vi­o­lates fed­eral im­mi­gra­tion law, but, again, that will never hap­pen. Ev­ery politi­cian knows that call­ing for tough ac­tion against il­le­gal im­mi­gra­tion will bring ac­cu­sa­tions of big­otry.

The so called “Sanc­tu­ary City” poli­cies of cities like New Haven, New York, Los An­ge­les, Hous­ton, and on and on have now be­come life and death is­sues, not sim­ply ide­o­log­i­cal de­fi­ance. Let’s take a look at what hap­pened in the Sanc­tu­ary City of Ne­wark, N.J. .

Jose Car­ranza, an il­le­gal from Peru, was known on the streets as a very bad dude. Au­thor­i­ties knew it as well be­cause Car­ranza was charged with rap­ing a 5-yearold girl and as­sault­ing four adults.

Nev­er­the­less, when Car­ranza ap­peared be­fore Judge Thomas Vena on the child rape charge, Mr. Vena cut his bail in half, al­low­ing Car­ranza to walk free. Three months later, po­lice say Car­ranza ex­e­cuted three col­lege stu­dents in a Ne­wark school­yard by shoot­ing them to death.

Be­cause Ne­wark is a Sanc­tu­ary City, no of­fi­cial no­ti­fied Home­land Se­cu­rity (ICE) about Car­ranza. Had they done so, the feds could have de­tained Car­ranza the mo­ment he walked out of Judge Vena’s court­room.

There are many vil­lains in this dread­ful story. If con­victed, Car­ranza is ob­vi­ously an an­i­mal. Judge Vena may have the deaths of three peo­ple on his con­science. New Jer­sey Gov. Jon Corzine and Ne­wark of­fi­cials are ap­par­ently fine with crim­i­nal aliens run­ning around be­cause they sup­port the “Sanc­tu­ary” poli­cies.

Amer­i­cans are right­fully con­fused as to how all of this can be hap­pen­ing. We have im­mi­gra­tion laws in place, yet New Haven, Ne­wark and scores of other places will not obey them. And noth­ing hap­pens to the scofflaws. Fol­low­ing that logic, why should any law be obeyed?

The bru­tal truth is that three young Amer­i­cans are dead in Ne­wark be­cause ir­re­spon­si­ble politi­cians and a stupid judge would not pro­tect them. Thou­sands of Amer­i­cans have been killed by il­le­gal aliens, and the only thing that can stop the mad­ness is a pub­lic out­cry be­cause our politi­cians are too cow­ardly to crack down.

We the peo­ple have to de­mand ac­tion. But will we?

Bill O’Reilly is a na­tion­ally syn­di­cated colum­nist.

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