Friday, March 24, 2006

No More Sanctuary in Costa Mesa

You would never expect to hear this from me, but Houston's City Council and Police Department could learn a thing or two from authorities in Costa Mesa, California.

A new city policy that would give police the authority to enforce federal immigration law ... would ally Costa Mesa police with the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Bureau, making it the first city in the nation to train its officers in federal immigration enforcement. Border security has historically been the purview of federal agencies.
Now stop me if I'm wrong, but is it not the job of police officers to enforce the law? Not just local city ordinances, but state and federal law as well? It would be silly to say that Houston's Mayor Bill White had decided to have HPD give state troopers a hand by enforcing Texas state laws — it is expected. That is their job! What would people think if we suddenly announced that Houston police would no longer look the other way when it came to counterfeiters or kidnappers, even though those are federal offences.

Why is it so commonly accepted that local law enforcement should ignore federal laws pertaining to illegal immigration? The political correctness in today's government and society has become so pervasive that even police departments have begun to choose which laws to enforce and which to ignore on the grounds of who might be offended.

Kudos to the officials of Costa Mesa for their gumption and willingness to stand up for the laws of this nation. I wish authorities in Houston were willing to show such nerve.

Hat-tip: the Drudge Report


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Songbird, I think you missed the whole point of the article, which was that this decision has been bad news for the local economy and businesses. You need to read your material better before going off half-cocked!

3/24/2006 12:14 PM  

Blogger Songbird said...

Actually, Anon, I did read the entire article. True, it paints the city's decision in a negative light, coloring it with quips like, "We don't need a cowboy sitting in the mayor's seat in Costa Mesa saying, 'I'm going to round them all up and send them away.'" But that is pretty much to be expected coming from the Associated Press.

Interestingly enough, Mr. Flaccus does not say that the whole local economy is doing badly because of this. What he does say is that "fear among the immigrant community is keeping patrons away from businesses that cater to Hispanic customers." Those business owners are the only ones currently complaining about a decline in business; in a city of over 108,000 residents, one which "boasts of being one of Orange County's leading cultural and business centers" and whose "local economy [is] primarily based upon retail commercial business and light manufacturing of electronics, pharmaceuticals and plastics," a 20% decline in patrons for 50 businesses who cater to the immigrant community are not worth the security and economic risks associated with not enforcing federal laws.

3/24/2006 1:33 PM  

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