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Ignoring Illegal Immigration: The New American Way

Wednesday, 06 April 2005 12:00 AM

That's well and good, except for the fact that there never should have been a murder in the first place. Austin police had arrested Mr. Morales before – on child molestation charges. So the police knew full well that he was an illegal alien. He should have been turned over to immigration officers for deportation. But in cities like Austin, that doesn't happen.

Austin is what's known as a "sanctuary city," a place where illegal aliens may be arrested if caught committing a crime – but they won't be turned over for deportation. Mark Krikorian of the Center for Immigration Studies, also on our radio show, explained that in some cities there's a council resolution and in some places it's a police department policy.

The effect is the same. Criminals in this country illegally have no fear of being sent back home as long as they commit their crimes in sanctuary cities. Houston, Seattle, San Francisco, Portland, Long Beach, Chicago, San Diego, Los Angeles and New York are also sanctuary cities.

And yes, it's illegal. In 1996, Congress passed a law to prevent cities from passing such ordinances or policies. It doesn't seem to matter. Sanctuary cities have a "don't ask, don't tell" policy when it comes to illegals. Police are barred from even asking suspects about their immigration status, and from reporting them to immigration authorities.

And what is Congress doing to enforce its own law against such practices? Nothing at all, says Humberto Garcia, who says his daughter was a victim of the policy:

"This is an abuse of civil rights. Her civil rights were trampled by a fellow who should have been deported. He should have been turned in to Immigration once he was found with illegal documentation, and he was released."

Mr. Garcia has made pleas for a law firm to step up and help him sue the city of Austin for its policy, and the IHOP where Jenny worked for failing to perform due diligence when hiring workers. But after anguished pleas on "The O'Reilly factor," "Lou Dobbs Tonight" and now "The Lynn Woolley Show," lawyers seem reluctant to take the case. Mr. Garcia says the law is on his side, but due to certain caps placed on jury awards against cities, there isn't enough money in it for the lawyers.

Mr. Garcia says the Austin media haven't been much help. He's not been invited on talk shows locally, and the Austin American-Statesman ran only a heavily edited version of his letter in support of the death penalty for Mr. Morales. Stories we downloaded from the Austin media failed to mention Mr. Morales' illegal status.

Welcome to the New American Way, where law enforcement winks at illegals in our country while companies hire them at the lowest possible wages and the media are oh-so-tolerant in their reporting.

By the way, the last amendment to the $30 billion Homeland Security bill approved in June of 2003 would have denied federal money to sanctuary cities. Colorado Rep. Tom Tancredo introduced the measure, saying it was just intended to enforce a measure already on the books. After 90 minutes of debate, it failed, receiving 102 of 424 votes.

A lot of people, and especially Humberto Garcia, are wondering why. Was it political correctness? Tolerance for "undocumented immigrants"? Spineless city councils and a feckless Congress sucking up to a voting bloc? The business community demanding continued access to slave-wage labor?

Maybe all of these things. But whatever the underlying rationale may be, a young girl's life has been taken, justice is not being done, and this New American Way is as dangerous as it is ugly.

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