Sanc­tu­ary Cities and ICE

Calhoun Times - - OPINION &VOICES - Ken Her­ron

When Joshua es­tab­lished the na­tion of Is­rael for the first time in the land of Canaan, he es­tab­lished a num­ber of cities that were known as Sanc­tu­ary Cities. The pur­pose of th­ese cities was to pro­vide a place of pro­tec­tion for men who killed an­other per­son by ac­ci­dent or by rage with no pre­med­i­ta­tion. The per­son was al­lowed to get in­side of this city and as long as he stayed there no one could catch him and take him back to the orig­i­nal city to be charged with mur­der. This pro­tec­tion did not ap­ply to any other crime. The Sanc­tu­ary Cities of to­day are not this kind of city.

To­day’s Sanc­tu­ary Cities in the United States are op­er­ated by lib­eral Demo­crat politi­cians who do not wish to co­op­er­ate with the Fed­eral Govern­ment’s pro­gram to re­move crim­i­nal il­le­gal aliens from the coun­try. Na­tion­ally, the Demo­crat party wishes to keep all of th­ese peo­ple in the coun­try and ar­range for them to vote wher­ever pos­si­ble. If they are able to vote, be­tween 70 and 80 per­cent of them will vote for Demo­cratic can­di­dates. The other sup­port group for sup­port­ing the il­le­gal im­mi­grants are the busi­nesses that hire them. They work for far less pay than cit­i­zen work­ers and hold down la­bor costs to the man­u­fac­tur­ers.

The Home­land Se­cu­rity Act es­tab­lished a po­lice force which is called ICE ( Im­mi­gra­tion and Cus­toms En­force­ment). There are two di­vi­sions of ICE. One di­vi­sion works closely with the Home­land Se­cu­rity Agency to search out at­tempts by for­eign agents who are try­ing to in­fil­trate our coun­try and com­mit ter­ror­is­tic acts. The other di­vi­sion has the task of lo­cat­ing and re­mov­ing crim­i­nal il­le­gal im­mi­grants that have com­mit­ted crimes in the United States. Just be­ing in the United States il­le­gally is a crime but th­ese are not the peo­ple that ICE is try­ing to lo­cate. When the pro­gram is op­er­at­ing prop­erly and an il­le­gal im­mi­grant com­mits a crime, the city po­lice or Sher­iff will have the crim­i­nal il­le­gal im­mi­grant locked up in jail. When it is time to re­lease the pris­oner, ICE will be called and the pris­oner will be turned over to them and they will send them back to the coun­try that they con­sider home. At least that is how it is sup­posed to work.

In Sanc­tu­ary Cities, the polic­ing au­thor­i­ties do not co­op­er­ate with ICE. They do not ad­vise ICE when an il­le­gal im­mi­grant is ar­rested and they re­lease them back into the pop­u­la­tion with no no­tice to ICE. In many cases, the il­le­gal im­mi­grant never faced a judge. This en­cour­ages the po­lice not to even ar­rest the il­le­gal im­mi­grant for a crime that they know they are guilty of com­mit­ting. The state of Cal­i­for­nia is hav­ing a se­vere fi­nan­cial short­age and one of the rea­sons is that a high per­cent­age of the work­ers in the city are il­le­gal and they are be­ing paid “under the ta­ble” and the pay is not re­ported to ei­ther the Fed­eral or State govern­ment. On that ba­sis no tax is col­lected, which hurts all of the peo­ple who are pay­ing the taxes

Dur­ing the early 1980s, a crim­i­nal gang was formed in Los An­ge­les, Cal­i­for­nia. They took the name Mara Sal­va­trucha (which means Sal­vado­rian gang) and later short­ened it to MS. They added the num­ber 13 to the name. It be­came known as MS- 13 and has spread all across the United States. They are in many of the coun­tries of Cen­tral and South Amer­ica. They traf­fic in drugs and do not hes­i­tate to com­mit cruel mur­ders and dis­mem­ber­ment on other hu­mans. Many of the most cruel mem­bers have come into the United States from El Sal­vador to par­tic­i­pate in their crim­i­nal ac­tiv­ity. They have taken over some small towns have the lo­cal cit­i­zens liv­ing in fear. They are heavy in Wash­ing­ton, Mary­land and North­ern Vir­ginia. They are thought to have at least 3,000 mem­bers. Their motto is “rape, con­trol, kill.”

The only law en­force­ment group that is tar­get­ing and chal­leng­ing MS- 13 is ICE. One of the char­ac­ter­is­tics that iden­tify MS- 13 mem­bers is that they cover them­selves with tat­toos on all of their ex­posed skin, in­clud­ing their arms and faces. They in­clude tat­toos about MS-13. They can­not be ar­rested for hav­ing tat­toos but they also do not have any iden­ti­fi­ca­tion to show that they are in the coun­try legally.

ICE has de­ported 7,000 gang mem­bers of many groups since the be­gin­ning of 2017.

When ICE is search­ing for crim­i­nal il­le­gal im­mi­grants and they come across il­le­gal im­mi­grants that have no pa­pers, they will go ahead and send them back to their coun­try. This some­times leaves the fam­ily in this coun­try with­out any in­come or pro­vi­sions. In the past it did not take long for the one sent home to cross the bor­der il­le­gally again and re­turn to his fam­ily and his job. To­day it is a much big­ger prob­lem.

Be­cause of th­ese in­stances, promi­nent Lib­eral Democrats are call­ing for ICE to be dis­banded and stopped from re­turn­ing il­le­gal im­mi­grants to their home coun­try.

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