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February 27, 2018

Why Protect the Outlaws?

Harry M. Covert

It’s not an idle thought. I’m wondering if the entire nation has gone berserk? Does everybody really want to fight, mostly verbal, or just have a good old-fashioned fistfight?


It seems all of us patriots, the good people, the do-gooders, and maybe those quiet ones are no longer fighting to hang on to what has been perceived as the holy antebellum days of yesteryear.


How has the society of this 21st Century reached a time for another knock-down drag-out fight? I don’t suspect the South will rise again as before. Looks like the coming disturbance will have the East Coast facing off with the Left Coast, and so many illegal intruders from South of the Border.


No, I’ve not fallen off the wall, nor have I’ve joined any knuckleheads who are doing their best to destroy the nation.


The cracks are growing. California, along with some major cities, have labeled themselves sanctuary jurisdictions for non-citizens known as criminals of all varieties but popularly called illegal aliens. They’re not from outer space but escapers from Spanish, Latinos and Hispanics locales.


Now, friends and heroes and heroines, sitting lawmakers in Annapolis, capital of the Free State Maryland, have become downright anti-law abiders and protectors of honest-to-goodness Marylanders and Americans.


The move to make Maryland another protectorate of outlaws, non-citizens, is gaining positive support in the State House. A year ago a majority voted for the crime free safety net.


Shades of stupidity and poor leadership. My favorite former governor, William Donald Schaefer, is rolling over in his revered internment. Even one of his predecessors, Spiro T. Agnew, would have some choice words on the matter. He could enlist the writing talents of the late Bill Safire, who penned “nattering nabobs of negativism” to highlight his oratorical skill.


Any state, city or town that decides to violate federal laws and not help various agents capture such illegals, should lose promptly any national monies. Of course, these mayors, or other office holders, who thwart ICE, FBI, ATF, DHS, IRS, CBP (Customs and Border Protection) and other initialed agencies should be manacled and placed in federal corrections facilities promptly.


Frederick County, Maryland’s sheriff’s office is a cooperating agency and notifies ICE when illegals of all kinds are nabbed for one reason or another.


This sanctuary city stuff isn’t funny, legal, or in the best interests of the future of the state and country. Let’s cut out the old saws like the U.S. was founded by immigrants. Or, the illegals want a better life and will do jobs Americans won’t. There are many other dastardly results that come with illegals. I’m not going to regurgitate them again now.


What do leaders from Frederick say about sanctuary blather?


Sheriff Chuck Jenkins commented:


"These Sanctuary State bills, sponsored and supported by the Youngs are irresponsible and dangerous bills, working against law enforcement to keep counties and cities safe. To prohibit law enforcement to work with ICE and allowing criminal aliens to be released back onto our streets, clearly demonstrates they care more about the illegal aliens that benefit, than about their constituents. Both (Del.) Karen and (Sen.) Ron Young are complicit in every crime committed against any Marylander."


Jason Miller, Republican leader and candidate for Frederick County Council wrote:


“I oppose the Maryland Sanctuary State Bill because it hinders the enforcement of federal law. The state of Arizona lost a Supreme Court Case against the United States Government on immigration with a 5-3 decision in Arizona v. United States, 567 U.S. 387 (2012) when the state of Arizona attempted to enforce its own stricter interpretation of federal immigration law. Justice Kennedy wrote the majority decision declaring that: “The Government of the United States has broad, undoubted power over the subject of immigration.”

I don’t see how a Maryland sanctuary policy that is more lenient on federal immigration law could withstand a Supreme Court challenge that struck down Arizona's stricter interpretations on federal immigration law. Maryland may find itself in federal court if this legislation passes.

“To me, Justice Kennedy settled the Federal Government’s authority in matters pertaining to federal immigration law.”


Kirby Delauter, Frederick County council member and candidate for county executive:


“I am the only elected official or candidate who has signed a pledge to support the sheriff on 287(g) and to keep Frederick County from becoming a sanctuary county.”


Regina Williams, candidate for Frederick county executive:


“First and foremost, it goes against federal law - the law of the land. We cannot pick and choose those laws we wish to abide by and which ones we will not. Secondly, I will rely heavily on the expertise of Sheriff Chuck Jenkins and law enforcement in support of any initiatives that continue to keep our communities safe. Unfortunately, we have seen an increase in violence from gang organizations like the MS-13, and enforcing the laws we have on the books is one way to keep our county safer.”


Other officials are opposed, too, and will be listed later.


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