August 23, 2006, - 3:23 pm
By Debbie Schlussel
Cheers for the Phoenix City Council. Jeers to the Phoenix Law Enforcement Association.
On Monday, they voted to put an initiative on the November 7th ballot that would require police and city employees to enforce immigration laws. But The Phoenix Law Enforcement Association opposes the “Protect Our City” proposal, claiming it is “pointless” and represents an unnecessary strain on police.
But the law enforcement group is clueless.
When I spoke at an immigration conference in Maricopa County (the county which contains Phoenix) in November, Maricopa County Prosecutor Andrew Thomas–the host of the event–painstakingly detailed the growing percentage of crimes committed by illegal aliens in the county. If police are truly going to enforce the law and stop crime in Phoenix, they must stem the illegal alien problem simultaneously.
The only problem is the Phoenix ballot initiative’s reliance on the Department of Homeland Security and its Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). The measure requires Phoenix police to enter into an agreement with DHS. Once the officers arrest and detain illegal aliens, they are at the mercy of ICE to deport them.
As we recently detailed (here and here), ICE Special Agent in Charge of Phoenix, Roberto Medina, is being transferred out because he refused to transport aliens back to the border. Instead, Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio had to spend his time and resources to do the job. Thomas, Medina, and Arizona Gov. Janet Napolitano all spoke out against Medina.
But, as we also noted, the equally political and unhelpful Brian Moskowitz a/k/a “Abu Moskowitz”–currently ICE Special Agent in Charge of Michigan–wants the job and may very well get it. We forgot to note that when he was recently called by Ohio Sheriffs to take custody of a giant van full of illegal aliens, he refused. The aliens were set free to the great American abyss.
Once their police force catches illegal aliens, Phoenix residents (“Phoenicians”?) should not rely on Medina, his successor, or any ICE brass to do the job they have already refused to do–take the aliens to the border to say buh-bye to U.S. soil.
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