Phoenix to End “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” Policy on Illegals

7 12 2007

Cross posted from Virtuous Republic

To me, it is almost ironic, that a city would forbid its police officers to check the immigration status of an arrestee. 

Yet, that same city has no problem in raising revenue through red light cameras.
So, obviously, in the past, to the politicians of Phoenix, speeding was
more important than dealing with people who have entered our nation
illegally. Or maybe, they were just more interested in activities that
raise revenue.

Finally though, it seems that enough pressure has
been brought to bear on the mayor of Phoenix, that he is ending the
policy forbidding police to check the immigration status of those who
they arrest.

Under
increasing pressure to take a stronger stand on immigration issues,
Mayor Phil Gordon announced Monday that he would seek to end a
controversial police immigration-enforcement policy.

Operations
Order 1.4 prevents city police in most cases from asking about a
person’s immigration status. Gordon said Monday that he could no longer
support the 20-year-old policy.

“When
it was written, it was right for local law enforcement and our
community,” Gordon told reporters. “But it was written in another time
– and it was based on the premise that the federal government would
fulfill all its responsibilities regarding immigration enforcement.
Obviously, that has changed.”

Gordon
said the new policy, to be developed by a four-man advisory panel,
should allow police to notify Immigration and Customs Enforcement when
any law has been violated by a person police suspect to be an illegal
immigrant. He said the resulting policy would uphold constitutional
rights and would prohibit racial or ethnic profiling.

The
move marks a significant step to the right on immigration for Gordon,
who had previously said the order frees officers to concentrate on
serious crimes and encouraged undocumented immigrants to cooperate with
police. Read more….

**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 brianbonner90-at-gmail-dot-com and let
us know at what level you would like to participate.

Read what others from the Coalition are writing:

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