by Cassy Fiano | April 23, 2007 2:50 pm
According to San Francisco mayor Gavin Newsom, federal laws no longer apply when it comes to illegal immigrants: city employees have been forbidden to make arrests or assist with immigration enforcement in any way, the San Francisco Chronicle reported.
Mayor Gavin Newsom vowed Sunday to maintain San Francisco as a sanctuary for immigrants and do everything he can to discourage federal authorities from conducting immigration raids.
The mayor cannot stop federal authorities from making arrests, Newsom told about 300 mostly Latino members of St. Peter’s Church and other religious groups supporting immigrants. But no San Francisco employee will help with immigration enforcement.
“I will not allow any of my department heads or anyone associated with this city to cooperate in any way shape or form with these raids,” Newsom declared. “We are a sanctuary city, make no mistake about it.”
The Board of Supervisors first declared San Francisco a “sanctuary city” in 1989. The designation, which many U.S. cities across the country took on during the 1980s, has no legal meaning.
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials have since May 2006 conducted raids across the country, including arrests in San Rafael, Oakland, Richmond, San Pablo, Santa Clara and other cities across the Bay area. Immigration officials have said they were executing arrest warrants for immigrants who had committed crimes or were in the country illegally and had ignored final deportation orders.
… “Our action is to stand strong in opposition to these raids… to make sure that we are not contributing in any way, shape or form,” Newsom said. “Even legal immigrants are fearful. This just sends a chill to a lot of people. There are a lot of cities that want these raids. That’s where the federal government should be spending their time.”
So basically, the government should only be enforcing illegal immigration in the cities that “want it”. And the cities that don’t should just be left alone… therefore letting all illegal immigrants know exactly where to go if they want to break our laws.
However you may feel about illegal immigration, this is ridiculous. Elected officials are not put into office to just decide that they aren’t going to abide by this law or that law because, they don’t like it. That’s just not the way it works. By that reasoning, you can steal or kill just because you think it’s ok, even though it is against the law. If you want to change the way things work in this country, there are legal ways to do it.
Unfortunately, liberals usually abide by the five-year-old logic of, I want things this way and that’s all that matters, and who cares about the rules or how it may affect anyone else!
My question to Mayor Newsom is this: are all illegal immigrants welcome to San Francisco without fear of repercussion, no matter what? If a San Francisco city employee were to discover an immigrant living in San Francisco who worked for Al Qaeda, would they be allowed to take action? Or would this be a violation of Mayor Newsom’s not-quite-a-law law? One thing is for sure, he’s stepping on a slippery slope with this one. But what else is to be expected from the city that gave us Nancy Pelosi?
Hat Tip: MoonBattery
Cassy Fiano is a conservative columnist for Jacksonville.com.
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