Attorney General Jeff Sessions Talks The Talk In Portland–Let Him Walk The Walk
Amid the usual rioting and obnoxious illegal aliens, Attorney General Jeff Sessions gave a major speech against sanctuary cities and illegal immigration. Sessions can certainly talk the talk. And he laid into Portland and Oregon for their support of illegal aliens, especially criminal illegal aliens.
To get on the right track, there are a number of things we must fix. A key concern is that some jurisdictions have undertaken to undo our immigration laws through so-called “sanctuary policies.”
Such policies undermine the moral authority of law and undermine the safety of the jurisdictions that adopt them.
In Portland and all over Oregon, here’s how it works right now: once the police arrest an illegal alien and charge him with a crime, they fingerprint him and book him into their jail.
When federal immigration authorities learn that this criminal alien is in a jurisdiction’s custody, our ICE officers issue a detainer request accompanied by a civil arrest warrant and ask the city to either notify them before they release the criminal or to hold the criminal alien long enough to transfer him to federal custody in a safe setting.
But political leaders have directed state and local officers to refuse these requests. Cooperation has been a key element in informed crime fighting for decades.
The result is that police are forced to release the criminal alien back into the community without regard to the seriousness of his crimes or the length of his rap sheet. Think about that: Police may be forced to release pedophiles, rapists, murderers, drug dealers, and arsonists back into the communities where they had no right to be in the first place. They should according to law and common sense be processed and deported.
[Full Speech: Sessions’ Remarks On ‘Sanctuary Cities’ In Portland, by KGW Staff, KGW, September 19, 2017]
Strangely, he lauded the Obama appointed United States Attorney (USA) for District of Oregon, Billy Williams, a USA apparently unconcerned about sanctuary cities and illegal immigration. And a USA whom leftist Democrats want to keep in place for obvious reasons, Williams is not dedicated to ending illegal immigration, the scourge of drugs, and panders to radical Islam.
The American people rightly want a lawful immigration system that keeps us safe and serves the national interest.
U.S. Attorney Billy Williams has been eloquent about sanctuary policies: If we’re going to make this community safer, then we have to work together. Cooperation between law enforcement works. It saves lives.
And so to all the law enforcement here— – federal, state, and local— – thank you for all that you do. President Trump is grateful, I am grateful, and the entire Department of Justice is grateful for your service. We have your back and you have our thanks.
This is strange, as Williams has refused, despite overwhelming evidence, to criminally prosecute a Mexican judge and activist, Monica Herranz, who aided an illegal alien to escape from arrest by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).
Williams punted responsibility for a Federal criminal investigation to a local ethics board, rather than to ICE or the Federal Bureau of Investigation. As expected, the ethics board cleared Herranz despite testimony by the defense attorney for the illegal alien and the Assistant District Attorney present in the courtroom that Herranz allowed illegal alien Diddier Pacheco Salazar, to use Herranz’ private exit from a courtroom to escape from ICE officers waiting outside the courtroom.
Criminals Herranz and Salazar
The question now is we know Sessions can talk the talk, but can he walk the walk of immigration enforcement?
Instead it is motivated by the harm that eliminating DACA will cause to the so-called Dreamers at the University of California, the 10-campus system I now lead, and to the nearly 800,000 Dreamers across our country…
The government is telling these young people that , as a country, we do not value their obvious worth, and that we intend to treat them no differently than a recent adult border crosser. This is wrong, unjust, mean and legally dubious.
As president of the University of California, it is my job to protect the students on our campuses. As the author of DACA, I know its legal basis and its aims. As both, I am suing the administration because its actions on Tuesday will harm innocent young people and, by extension, all of us.
[Janet Napolitano: Why I’m suing the Trump administration over DACA, by Janet Napolitano, LA Times, September 8, 2017]
Napolitano admits that DACA is a policy she wants and demands the court impose it. What she did not say is that she also protects other illegal aliens enrolled in the University of California system not currently in DACA. Neither group of illegal aliens has legal status in the United States, and therefore have no recourse to remain.
Despite claiming that the DACA program was legal, the same Department of Justice (DOJ) opinion on DACA said the illegal aliens covered remain illegal aliens.
As has historically been true of deferred action, these proposed deferred action programs would not “legalize” any aliens who are unlawfully present in the United States: Deferred action does not confer any lawful immigration status, nor does it provide a path to obtaining permanent residence or citizenship.
[The Department Of Homeland Security’s Authority To Prioritize Removal Of Certain Aliens Unlawfully Present In The United States And To Defer Removal Of Others, by Karl Thompson, Department of Justice, Office of Legal Counsel, November 19, 2014]
And, despite Napolitano’s claim that there are due process rights created for illegal aliens under DACA and the program must be revoked only after a certain procedure, that is not correct, as the same DOJ states clearly:
A grant of deferred action under the proposed programs would remain in effect for three years, subject to renewal, and could be terminated at any time at DHS’s discretion. See Johnson Deferred Action Memorandum at 2, 5.
To walk the walk, Sessions should order a coordinated program of prosecution of public officials who aid illegal aliens, especially Janet Napolitano and Monica Herranz.