Sheriff: “Gov’t Working Against Us”

Bad, heinous strategy to attack the force multiplier. Sheriffs are speaking out:

Babeu told CNSNews.com that rather than help law enforcement in Arizona stop the hundreds of thousands of people who come into the United States illegally, the federal government is targeting the state and its law enforcement personnel.

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Last week, U.S. District Judge Susan Bolton placed a temporary injunction on portions of the bill that allowed law enforcement personnel during the course of a criminal investigation who have probable cause to think an individual is in the country illegally to check immigration status. The state of Arizona filed an appeal on Thursday with the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals.

Ridiculous. Especially when you consider that a Hezbollah leader is living just across the border.

Local law enforcement are the ones who routinely come into contact with illegal aliens due to routine traffic stops and other issues. ICE agents, federal immigration agents do not possess the same numbers and are unable to cover as much territory as our local law enforcement.

It’s irresponsible to not note that had local law enforcement access to immigration statuses in the National Crime and Information Center database (the database that law enforcement are able to access via the computers in their squad cars) and check on the immigration statuses of the four 9/11 terrorists, those men would have been detained for being in violation of the Immigration and Nationalization Act – especially Mohammed Atta, who, during a previous visit to the U.S., had stayed on an expired visa. Nineteen of the hijackers had contact with law enforcement upon entry into the United States. Atta was stopped in Broward County, Florida on a traffic violation. If the United States actually did something supportive towards the inherent right of local law enforcement to uphold the law and for states to act to protect citizens, Atta might have been detained.

Those protesting against the law via a bastardization of the supremacy clause misunderstand the inherent rights of local law enforcement in the issue of immigration; they are advocating diminishing the force multiplier and adding to a federal bureaucracy which is already unable to carry out the necessary tasks to enforce INA.

I’ll be delving into this more this week.

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