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  • Enhancing Public Safety By Giving Criminals a Pass

    Just imagine if a President announced that his administration would not be prosecuting anyone for violating the following federal crimes currently on the books: (1) willfully disturbing or killing any bird, fish, or wild animal not in compliance with wildlife regulations; (2) anyone who obstructs or interferes with peaceful picketers during a labor controversy, or; (3) anyone who serves on a vessel employed in the transportation of slaves from a foreign country.

    The howls from the New York Times, Washington Post, San Francisco Chronicle, NPR and the like would be never ending.  We would hear, non-stop, from legal and policy “experts” that the administration was undermining the rule of law, acting unconstitutionally, and paying off special interest groups.

    Responding to the criticism, the administration counters saying, “This new directive will help prioritize our limited enforcement resources to focus on serious felons, gang members and individuals who are a national security threat rather than college students and veterans who have risked their lives for our country.”

    That explanation, laughable on its face, would only make matters worse for the administration.  In time, there would be hearings on Capitol Hill.  And most likely, in time, the administration would decide to enforce the law—their duty, under the Constitution.

    It might interest you to know that each of the crimes mentioned above carries a penalty of imprisonment between six months to two years in jail.

    And it might interest you even further to know that an alien who enters or attempts to enter the United States is guilty of a federal crime, and can be imprisoned for up to six months for his first offense, and up to two years for subsequent offenses.

    And you won’t be surprised to learn that the statement above by the administration is in reality the actual statement of current Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV), in support of the administration’s recent announcement that it will not be deporting various categories of illegal aliens who, by definition, are criminals.

    Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano defends this brazen act of executive fiat, saying that this new policy will “enhance public safety.”

    Right.  Just like not prosecuting slave traders, union picket line rabble rousers, and illegal animal killers enhances public safety.

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    3 Responses to Enhancing Public Safety By Giving Criminals a Pass

    1. Bobbie says:

      It would enhance personal responsibilities of illegal immigrants all the more and help the economy if the government wasn't stealing money from law abiding citizens government is using to enable and favor illegal immigrants behavior by covering their expenses discriminatingly, unfairly and unethically! If the president isn't going to correct their intrusion, the least he can do is give them the dignity to provide for their own as America stands for freedom from government!!

    2. Jeff, Illinois says:

      Of course there's more to this story . . Why not list the specific reasons the administration chose this action instead or turning into a pretzel to make bazarre insuations.

    3. Honoria says:

      Our pouris boarders have become a habitual problem for decades! People who have illegally entered this country and assumed residency have been given a free pass before and will continue to do this because they know that the federal govenment and state governments won't do squat!! There isn't enough room to prosecut, detain and deport them and they know it!! They also have forged papers that employers can't/won't question! Only our own citizens who must pay thru the nose for them to have anchor babies and pay for their education, medication and jail time when they get prosecuted for another crime if at all!! This is just the federal government telling us that they have thrown up their hands once again and our citizens better get used to it and stop complaining as the polititions give themselves another vacation and raise!!

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