Local communities tackling national problems

11 12 2006

Cross Posted By Morning Coffee

With “Comprehensive Immigration Reform” becoming synonymous with Amnesty, the only legislative package addressing illegal immigration likely to come out of congress for at least the next couple of years will undoubtedly be in the wrong direction. It is more important now than ever before to address the issues at the state and local level.  Here are some recent articles about communities doing just that.

State, local police look into old option for illegal immigrants 

NASHVILLE – State and local law enforcement officials feeling the heat from constituents frustrated over illegal immigration and crime are taking a new look at a little-used option that’s been around for years.

Called 287(g) after the section of federal immigration law that created it, the program allows state and local officers to directly tap into Homeland Security databases to determine whether a person is legally in the country instead of relying on backlogged Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents.

The program has been around since 1996, but so far only seven law enforcement agencies have implemented it. That number seems sure to grow.

Escondido police working on immigration issues

ESCONDIDO —- A new law enforcement policy and a set of procedures to better handle crime-based illegal immigration issues in the city are being developed by Escondido’s new police chief and will be considered by the City Council by mid-January.

Police Chief Jim Maher said during an interview last week that, his department was developing, among other things, a comprehensive policy that will include ways to deal with people in this country illegally who are involved in criminal activity such as drugs and gangs.

“We need to stay neutral, (but) I don’t think anybody wants to keep criminals in the community,” said Maher, who was sworn into office in mid-July.

 Oologah adopts ordinance targeting illegal immigrants

OOLOGAH, Okla. The city of Oologah in northeastern Oklahoma is taking aim at illegal immigrants and businesses that hire them.

The town council has approved an ordinance making it illegal for employers to hire illegal immigrants inside the city limits.

But groups like the ACLU have as expected resorted to lawsuits to block these ordinances from being enforced,  and as expected they are playing the race card as well

ACLU fights illegalimmigration laws 

WASHINGTON – As small towns across the United States enact tough ordinances to fight illegal immigration, the American Civil Liberties Union is leading a charge to fight the measures in court.

The national civil rights group has joined Hispanic organizations in suing several towns, saying that the laws are unconstitutional and conflict with state and federal immigration and housing statutes. Most of the ordinances target landlords who rent to illegal immigrants and businesses that hire them.

“These ordinances promote and encourage discrimination … (and) heighten suspicion about anyone who looks or sounds foreign,” said Vic Walczak, legal director of the ACLU in Pennsylvania, where one of the most restrictive ordinances was approved in the small town of Hazleton.

 ACLU Sues State Police for enforcing the Law 

PROVIDENCE, R.I. — The American Civil Liberties Union has sued the State Police seeking the release of a videotape that shows a traffic stop involving illegal immigrants.

The videotape shows the first five minutes of a 70-minute stop on Interstate 95 in July by a trooper who pulled over a van with 14 Guatemalan immigrants after the driver failed to use a turn signal.

Trooper Thomas Chabot detained the 14 people and brought them to Immigration and Customs Enforcement headquarters in Providence, where they now face deportation. An internal investigation reported that Chabot acted appropriately.

HT to Stop the ACLU

The bottom line here is that we really can not expect much from Washington on this issue, but then federal involvement has been poor at best. The State and Local levels is where we need to focus our efforts in fighting illegal immigration. 


**This was a production of The Coalition Against Illegal Immigration (CAII). If you would like to participate, please go to the above link to learn more. Afterwards, email the coalition and let me know at what level you would like to participate.





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