The Lesson Of Lee Malvo`s Fingerprint

If Montgomery County, Md., police chief

Charles Moose
had been police chief in Bellingham,
Wash., sniper suspects Lee Malvo and John Mohammed would
probably still be on the loose today.

That`s because Chief Moose is a vocal opponent of
local law enforcement officers to cooperate
federal immigration agents in cracking down on illegal
aliens. "This is the wrong thing to do,” Moose
declared in May. Moose`s remarks appeared in a
Montgomery County, Md., community news article entitled:
“Helping INS hurts policing.” Attacking a Justice
Department proposal to allow local jurisdictions to
arrest people for immigration violations, Moose said:
"It is totally inappropriate to go down that path.”

But it was this “inappropriate” path of cooperation
between Bellingham, Wash., police detective Al Jensen
and Border Patrol agents
Keith Olson
and Raymond Ruiz that secured Malvo`s

nearly a year ago.

On Dec. 19, 2001, Jensen called the Border Patrol for
assistance during a domestic dispute involving Malvo,
his mother, and Mohammed. The detective suspected that
Malvo and his mother were illegal aliens; Olson and Ruiz
confirmed their unlawful status and processed them as
deportable aliens. Malvo and his mother were
fingerprinted and photographed (and later

released pending deportation

the recommendation of the Border Patrol).

As we all know now, Malvo`s prints, taken by the
Border Patrol, were critical in unraveling the sniper

There is an untold lesson here about the importance
of cooperation between local police and the INS. Police
officers are sworn to
uphold the law
and to enforce it when they have
reason to believe that the law is being broken. Just
because immigration law enforcement is not their primary
responsibility does not mean that they must or should
ignore indications that these

federal laws are being broken.
The collaboration is
especially necessary in a post-September 11 era when the
INS`s interior enforcement forces remain woefully

Neither Det. Jensen nor the Border Patrol agents
could have foreseen the havoc Malvo is accused of having
wrought. But in the course of doing their jobs together,
they may have saved untold lives.

Unfortunately, politically correct police officials
continue to reject the connection between fighting
rampant illegal immigration and protecting national
security. Chief Moose is

not alone:

Sgt. John Pasquariello
, Los Angeles Police
Department: "Because of our immigrant population here
and our diverse communities, we don`t want to alienate
anybody, or give anybody fear."

Sgt. Roland Lee, spokesman,
Philadelphia Police Department: "We`ve got enough to
do as it is already without getting involved in
immigration….When we investigate crimes, we don`t ask
people if they are an illegal immigrant….Once you start
asking those questions, people will be scared to death
to call police for fear of being deported."

Michael Collins, spokesman,
New York Police Department: "The most important thing
is that people should not be afraid to come to us for

Gil Kerlikowske,

Seattle Police Chief

“The best prevention
against a future terrorist attack is a police department
that has the trust and good communication with all of
the people that it serves, and something that is going
to chill that relationship doesn`t help any of us.”

Gerry Whitman, Chief,

Denver Police Department:
"Communication is big
in inner-city neighborhoods and the underpinning of that
is trust. If a victim thinks they`re going to be a
suspect (in an immigration violation), they`re not going
to call us, and that`s just going to separate us even

Lt. Armando Mayoya, San
Joaquin County, Calif., Sheriff`s Office: "If police
officers start reporting to the INS, more undocumented
workers could wind up as victims. Criminals soon would
realize that undocumented workers would be unlikely to
call police for fear of being deported and target them
for attacks. Racial profiling also could intensify…”

Sgt. Robert Francaviglia,
Hillsdale, New Jersey, Police Department: "We`ve been
trying to get the immigrants in our town to believe that
we`re not like many of the governments in their old
countries, governments that were corrupt and wanted to
railroad them, not serve them."

Some cities have actually incorporated

illegal alien-friendly policies
formally. Los
Angeles led the way by declaring itself an official
sanctuary for illegal aliens in 1979, when the city
police commission issued an order at the city council`s
behest barring cooperation between local cops and the

Special Order 40
also forbids police from
questioning anyone about immigration status until after
criminal charges have been made. Chicago, San Francisco,
Houston, and New York City all adopted similar
policies—and cling to them today.

How many more lives would have been lost if
Bellingham had followed their course?

Michelle Malkin is author of

Invasion: How America Still Welcomes Terrorists,
Criminals, and Other Foreign Menaces to Our Shores



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