BOSTON, MA- The liberals running our big cities are going totally off the rails.
What started off with a few scattered cities is now becoming more mainstream, as more and more states, counties and cities have become so-called “sanctuaries,” where illegal IMMIGRANTS are welcomed with open arms and sheltered by these communities from prosecution and where cooperation between local authorities and ICE is outlawed.
This past Wednesday, the Boston City Council approved amendments to the so-called “Trust Act,” which limits the ability for law enforcement officials to assist Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE) in enforcing immigration laws.
While counties, cities and towns in the Commonwealth of Virginia have been excoriated for becoming so-called “Second Amendment Sanctuaries,” there does not seem to be any such problem with sanctuaries for people who are here illegally.
Apparently, constitutional rights are not on the same playing field with illegal immigration “rights.”
Democrat Mayor Marty Walsh, whose office helped develop the amendments with City Councilor Josh Zakim says that these measures will reassure residents that Boston police remain focused on public safety, not civil immigration enforcement.
Apparently “public safety” does not include protecting the public from crimes that some of these illegal immigrants commit.
The Trust Act, which has been in effect for five years, was apparently not as effective as had been believed, and it was discovered that the Boston PD was actually doing its job and assisting ICE in rounding up illegal aliens.
Of course the American Criminal Liberties Union, ACLU does not feel that the amended Trust Act goes far enough.
“While the updated legislation limits collaboration between Boston police and federal immigration enforcement, it does not end it, and leaves room for Boston police officers to help ICE continue to tear apart families,” said Carol Rose.
She’s the executive director of the Mass chapter of the ACLU. The ACLU has never met a criminal it didn’t like.
The impetus for amending the ordinance was the revelation that the Boston police had worked with ICE to apprehend a construction worker who was living here illegally after he had filed a workmen’s compensation claim relative to suffering a workplace injury.
The worker, Jose Martin Paz Flores filed a complaint with the US Department of Labor, charging that the company, Tara Construction, had retaliated against him for filing the workmen’s comp complaint.
He alleged that the owner of the firm, Pedro Pirez, notified ICE, which initiated an investigation. Flores was subsequently arrested. Then, he found an ambulance-chasing attorney and here we are.
The ACLU also had complained that a Boston police officer had worked as a liaison to ICE for years. That officer has since been removed from that position.
The amendments approved by the city council are supposed to only limit cooperation between the Boston PD and ICE for civil enforcement issues.
It states that the department can continue to work with Homeland Security investigations division on “significant public safety issues,” such as human trafficking, child exploitation, drugs and weapons trafficking and cybercrime.” Apparently drunk driving, robbery and assault doesn’t fall under the definition of “significant public safety issues.”
The department is also required to train officers on the new requirements, and also mandates the department issue an annual report on the number of civil immigration detainer requests the city receives from ICE, how many people were transferred to ICE custody and why.
In other words, create a couple more government jobs to do useless paperwork.
One question that needs to be answered is how far exactly does this act go toward preventing Boston police officers from assisting ICE investigators?
If ICE investigators are going into a less than desirable part of the city, would the lack of cooperation between Boston PD and ICE put ICE officers in harm’s way? The answer is who knows? Is it possible? Yes.
This past October, Daniel Oliver-Perez, 20, of Greenville, NC pled guilty to a two-count criminal complaint charging him with assaulting, resisting or impeding certain officers and employees of the Department of Homeland Security, Immigration and Customs Enforcement while they were attempting to execute an administrative arrest warrant.
Last November, investigators with ICE were attempting to execute an administrative arrest warrant against someone whom Perez had accompanied to an ICE Application Support Center in Morrisville, NC.
The man was identified as Samuel Oliver-Bruno, who had been living in the basement of a church while he had petitioned to have his deportation to Mexico delayed.
After officers took Bruno into custody, Perez tried to pull him away from ICE officers. Then, as Bruno was being taken away, Perez grabbed one of the officers in a chokehold.
He then followed the officers to an ICE van, where he hit the driver and grabbed the steering wheel. That officer managed to free himself, and then Perez grabbed the first officer again, ripping his shirt.
The fact of the matter is that while not all illegal aliens are violent criminals, there are a number of them who are. Special agents with ICE are armed, while rank and file civilian investigators are not.
Asking these individuals to go into some of the worse areas in our big cities without having cooperation from local law enforcement is not only short-sighted, but it is also potentially dangerous for these officials.
Add to that the anti-ICE and anti-police rhetoric emanating from mayors such as Marty Walsh and Bill de Blasio, to presidential candidates such as Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren and you have a recipe for disaster.
Boston isn’t the only big city going off the rails.
Just look at New York City.
It looks like that Governor Andrew Cuomo’s “Green Light Law” is in full effect, allowing illegal immigrants that reside within the state to get their hands on driver’s licenses.
After the controversial law was presented, there were legal challenges brought against the proposed law, but the latest attempt brought to the table was once again dismissed. Something smells like potential voting fraud in New York is right around the corner… but then again, to vote in New York, all you need is a copy of a utility bill, anyway.
The legislation, enacted by the New York State Assembly and signed this year by Cuomo, allows a person to apply for a driver’s license irrespective of their immigration status. As mentioned by the state’s DMV:
“It allows all New Yorkers age 16 and older to apply for a standard, not for federal purpose, non-commercial driver license or learner permit regardless of their citizenship or lawful status in the United States.”
Folks that think the law is a good move for the state overall are claiming that its passing will make the roads safer and will bring in more tax money to the state. New York State Immigration Manager Eddie A. Taveras released a statement on the bills passing:
“This well-reasoned law, which has withstood multiple legal challenges, allows all New Yorkers – regardless of immigration status – to obtain a standard driver’s license, enabling them to legally drive and purchase car insurance.”
So, the fact that insurance companies can piggyback financially off the horde of illegals within the state is some kind of a “win”?
Well, he couldn’t just leave it at the monetary aspect, so Taveras also said that we’re going to have safer roads because applicants will have to pass a driver’s exam. While that’s a fair observation to the qualities of the bill, it still doesn’t address the fact that it enables those criminally present within the state.
Taveras mentioned money once again in his mention of road safety:
“The Green Light Law will improve the safety of New York’s roads, provide a new revenue stream for the state and help keep families together.”
Well, there were efforts to derail the new law, where Cuomo saw his proposed act challenged in court. Still, a federal district judge ruled against Frank Merola, Rensselaer County Clerk, saying he lacked the legal capacity to bring the lawsuit. Merola, a Republican, has said that federal immigration law is at odds with drafted state law.
Merola is one of over 50 county clerks who run offices as state agents in the Department of Motor Vehicles. Some clerks have said they are frustrated with the rollout of the law and the state has been sued by several.
Merola opined on the recent dismissal of his case:
“I am disappointed, and hopefully, this is only a setback. We will continue to fight to be heard.”
While Cuomo and his cohorts are claiming this is good for the economy because of the funds being funneled to the state and insurance companies, this is also a huge potential slap in the face toward American workers. This is going to create an additional quarter-million potential employees for companies like Uber, DoorDash, and Amazon looking to hire delivery drivers; crowding the gig economy economic impact for legal residents and citizens who use them as a means to supplement or tackle their income needs.
It’s time to let these progressive politicians know that their motions to inundate the country with “welcome mats” to those who choose to illegally enter and remain won’t be tolerated. While Democrats love screaming “Impeach!”, we should start using our voice more and vote them out.
As LET previously reported, the New York state legislature passed a series of laws earlier this year with the goal of reducing “mass incarceration” and fixing so-called “unfairness” in the criminal justice system.
The series of laws requires judges to release people who are charged with misdemeanors and “nonviolent’ felonies without bail, and issue an appearance ticket, tantamount to a traffic citation. In addition, prosecutors need to provide all evidence to be used in the case to defense attorneys within 15 days.
The law also requires that anyone currently incarcerated who is being held on said misdemeanors and “non-violent” felonies must be released when the law goes into effect. It’s kind of like a Monopoly “get out of jail free” card.
Criticism of the new measures has been far and wide, ranging from police officers to prosecutors, town and city officials, and mostly Republican legislators. One Democrat, however, has been particularly vocal in his opposition to the new regulations.
“We can and we must ensure our justice system is fair and maintains our public safety—but the fact is with the bail and discovery reforms Albany went too far, too fast,” Rose said in a statement.
“That’s why I’m joining law enforcement and bipartisan colleagues from across the state in calling for quick action in Albany to ensure the safety of our communities—and especially the victims of these crimes—are not put in jeopardy.”
— LiveFree (@wildlotusgirl) November 21, 2019
As a US Congressman, Rose has no jurisdiction over the state’s criminal justice system. However Rose joined three other Republican Congressmen—Tom Reed, Peter King and Elise Stefanik—in expressing concerns over the reforms in a written letter to New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo.
“While we agree criminal justice reform has long been needed around the country, New York State’s new soft-on-crime bail laws, which will let dangerous criminals roam free, endanger their victims and hamstring the authorities who want to hold them accountable, this is not the answer,” the congressmen said in a letter.
- Second-degree manslaughter
- Aggravated vehicular assault
- Third-degree assault
- Promoting an obscene sexual performance by a child
- Possessing an obscene sexual performance by a child
- Promoting a sexual performance by a child
- Failure to register as a sex offender
- Making terroristic threats
- Criminally negligent homicide
- Aggravated vehicular homicide
Criminals have gotten so bold as to thank Cuomo for signing the “jailbreak” legislation, according to the New York Daily News. “Cuomo for president!” the accused drug dealer shouted in Spanish. The man allegedly had caused the death of a man who overdosed on drugs sold to him by the dealer’s crew.
This nonsensical “reform” movement has not been restricted to New York. On a federal level, the First Step Act that was signed into law by President Trump has freed hundreds of criminals charged with sex crimes, nearly 60 convicted murderers and assailants, and almost 1,000 individuals charged with drug crimes.
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