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Tuesday, January 13, 2004  

Terror in the streets

Heather McDonald once again reports on the realities of our cities and law enforcement. This on illegal aliens and their crimes (and freedom to commit them).

"Some of the most violent criminals at large today are illegal aliens. Yet in cities where the crime these aliens commit is highest, the police cannot use the most obvious tool to apprehend them: their immigration status. In Los Angeles, for example, dozens of members of a ruthless Salvadoran prison gang have sneaked back into town after having been deported for such crimes as murder, assault with a deadly weapon, and drug trafficking. Police officers know who they are and know that their mere presence in the country is a felony. Yet should a cop arrest an illegal gangbanger for felonious reentry, it is he who will be treated as a criminal, for violating the LAPD’s rule against enforcing immigration law.

The LAPD’s ban on immigration enforcement mirrors bans in immigrant-saturated cities around the country, from New York and Chicago to San Diego, Austin, and Houston. These “sanctuary policies” generally prohibit city employees, including the cops, from reporting immigration violations to federal authorities. "

She concludes: "But the non-enforcement of immigration laws in general has an even more destructive effect. In many immigrant communities, assimilation into gangs seems to be outstripping assimilation into civic culture. Toddlers are learning to flash gang signals and hate the police, reports the Los Angeles Times. In New York City, “every high school has its Mexican gang,” and most 12- to 14-year-olds have already joined, claims Ernesto Vega, an illegal 18-year-old Mexican. Such pathologies only worsen when the first lesson that immigrants learn about U.S. law is that Americans don’t bother to enforce it. “Institutionalizing illegal immigration creates a mindset in people that anything goes in the U.S.,” observes Patrick Ortega, the news and public-affairs director of Radio Nueva Vida in southern California. “It creates a new subculture, with a sequela of social ills.” It is broken windows writ large."

Frankly, I am at wit's end with Bush. Today's newspaper reports that Mexico's Fox wants to write our immigration laws for us, and Bush wants him approve. Yesterday, Senate Majority Leader, Frist said he was going to work on passage of Bush's proposal whenever Bush wants it.

Not only is Bush's plan idiotic (exactly how does the government intend to guarantee that employers will offer their positions to Americans first? And the illegal system already works out better for employers - what's their incentive to change programs?), but it will do nothing to stem illegal immigration, crime, and so forth.

I have given money in the past to an anti-illegal alien organization, and I will do so in the future. That's all I can recommend, but we're playing "Dutch boy, finger in the dike" here.

I grieve for my country. I had hoped after 9/11 that Americans had a chance to reclaim something of their principles and natural spirit, but the tide of corruption, decadence, power hunger by vicious, racist groups, pandering by politicians, anti- Americanism at home, and basic degeneracy is back at flood.

I realize that a Christian is meant to be a mere pilgrim through life, and not a partisan for a particular tribe; and I'm realizing that nothing I think worthwhile and which I love about this world is truly going to last or satisfy; nevertheless, it is difficult to look at your child, and know that the America she's inheriting has been damaged beyond repair; polluted past reclamation.

It is not that there is so much suffering in the world that distresses me - no, it's that most of that suffering is wasted. Little wisdom is gained by it.

posted by Mark Butterworth | 9:55 AM |