November 27, 2015 Radio Commentary

Illegal Sanctuary

Radio Commentary, 90.7, 91.7 New Life FM, November 27, 2015 – By Sue Ella Deadwyler

In 1996 when folks seemed to know what’s right and wrong, Congress passed a law requiring local governments to cooperate with federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents. But, defiant towns, counties and communities deliberately adopted “sanctuary” policies, telling local government employees NOT to report illegals living there. So, illegal aliens are protected from arrest and deportation, while receiving the same benefits legal residents get.

In October the Center for Immigration Studies reported that roughly 340 jurisdictions in the United States give sanctuary to illegal aliens, and during the first nine months of 2014, local sanctuaries released 9,295 alien offenders federal agents wanted detained. Since federal ICE agents could not re-locate most of them, 69 percent remained at large to commit other crimes, which 20 percent of them did.

Not only are some local governments ignoring ICE requests to detain illegal aliens for federal pick-up, they are choosing which criminals to hold and which to release into the community. In other words, local sanctuary governments are protecting deportable criminal alien offenders by hindering communication between ICE agents and local law enforcement.

For years, Dalton, Georgia has been on the sanctuary city list, but in December 2014 Clayton County, Georgia was listed among 41 new locations that have adopted formal or informal sanctuary policies. Informal policies could be as simple as word-of-mouth instructions NOT to report and NOT to cooperate with federal ICE agents. Continue reading

November 13, 2015 Radio Commentary

Confronting Deliberate Lawlessness

Radio Commentary, 90.7, 91.7 New Life FM, November 13, 2015 – By Sue Ella Deadwyler

Congress is trying to pass legislation to punish jurisdictions that refuse to enforce federal immigration laws, but so far, they have not been successful. That leaves states in a dilemma about what to do when local jurisdictions openly defy laws and deliberately protect criminal illegal aliens from federal arrest and deportation.

Certainly, everyone should obey the law and, if a law is wrong, there’s a proper way to change it. But, what will be done about those giving sanctuary to illegal aliens who commit crimes, are arrested locally, and then, released by officials that don’t agree with the law?

In an October issue of USA Today, Republican Representative George Cleveland of North Carolina explained the situation this way, “Everyone says, ‘It’s a federal government problem.’ No it isn’t. The federal government is not doing its job, so it’s our problem.” Continue reading

November 6, 2015 Radio Commentary

Lawlessness on Steroids

Radio Commentary, 90.7, 91.7 New Life FM, November 6, 2015 – By Sue Ella Deadwyler

When 340 jurisdictions in the United States give sanctuary to illegal aliens, it’s a serious two-fold problem. 1) Local governments that give sanctuary are ignoring laws against entering the U.S. illegally, and 2) are refusing to enforce federal law requiring them to report to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) illegal aliens that commit crimes there.

The problem is so serious that Republican Congressman Duncan Hunter from California introduced an Enforce the Law for Sanctuary Cities Act as a first step to stopping it. If it became law, State Criminal Alien Assistance funding would be withheld from state or local governments that inhibit enforcement of federal immigration laws or prohibit officials from gathering citizenship information for any individual. Meaning, local jurisdictions that do not notify ICE would lose their allocation of federal funding, which is almost $800 million for FY 2015 alone.

Also losing funds would be jurisdictions that have enacted a law, policy, or procedure that shuts down such communication with Immigration and Naturalization Service, ICE, or other government entity about individual citizenship or that prohibits local law enforcement from gathering such data. Continue reading

August 14, 2015 Radio Commentary

Law Ignored in Sanctuary Cities

Radio Commentary, 90.7, 91.7 New Life FM, August 14, 2015 – By Sue Ella Deadwyler

More and more lawlessness is emerging in the United States. Recent events emphasize the horrible results of giving illegal aliens sanctuary, even to the point of shielding habitual criminal aliens from deportation. Unfortunately, it’s become common practice for cities, counties, communities and churches to protect illegals that, seemingly, cross into and out of the United States at will and easily find sanctuary – shelter, provision, and protection from deportation – even if they commit crimes, ranging from misdemeanors to murder.

“Sanctuary cities” is the term for cities, counties, or states that protect illegal aliens from deportation. Officials of such locales refuse to help federal agents identify and take into custody illegal aliens, including those that remain in the U.S. after their visa expires. The recent death of two women, who were murdered by illegal aliens sheltered in sanctuary cities, spotlighted the gravity of the situation.

On July 1st Kathryn Steinle was gunned-down as she and her dad walked side-by-side on the San Francisco pier. She was only 32 when she fell at her father’s side, looked up at him and said, “Help me, dad.” Those were her last words after being shot by an illegal alien criminal with seven felons on his rap sheet and five deportations from the United States. The sanctuary city of San Francisco had released him from jail, but ignored orders to notify federal officials that he was back on the street. Continue reading