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  • D.C. to Illegal Immigrants: Don’t Ask – Don’t Tell – Don’t Worry
    By Bob Dane,, October 19, 2011

    The post 9/11 world dictates that there are very few public places in Washington, D.C. where lawfully abiding residents and commuters are not discretely monitored, politely questioned, or upon entering buildings, physically searched. But while we accept scrutiny in order to enhance public safety, illegal aliens -- those who have broken U.S. laws and whose unknown motives may deserve the most scrutiny -- enjoy the least, thanks to a longstanding sanctuary policy reinforced this week.

    Letting the powerful illegal alien lobbies know that he’s looking out for their best interests, Washington, D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray has signed an executive order formalizing the existing “don’t-ask-don’t-tell” policy which prohibits police from inquiring about the immigration status of people they arrest or reporting that status to federal authorities.

    The mayor claims that D.C. police are not in the business of enforcing federal immigration laws. Does that mean his officers won’t pursue bank robbers or kidnappers if they come in contact with perpetrators of crimes typically handled by federal agencies?

    If any city in America has a history of working closely with their federal partners, it’s Washington, D.C. The sanctuary policy is not about jurisdiction, it’s about defying immigration enforcement with great fanfare to whip up political support with a growing Hispanic community.

    Police are authorized and have a responsibility to enforce all laws, unless of course they’re specifically told by their local jurisdiction not to. Asking about immigration status after lawful conduct and reasonable suspicion doesn’t transform any police officer into an ICE agent, it simply allows that officer to conduct a basic precept of law enforcement -- don’t catch and release lawbreakers and jeopardize public safety.

    Tonight, somewhere in Washington, D.C., an officer will probably encounter a speeding vehicle and begin a lawful traffic stop asking for license, registration and proof of insurance -- a universal verification process that is the same for everyone. And that vehicle might be loaded with 9 people who speak no English, have no driver’s licenses, no vehicle registration, no auto insurance, no social security numbers and maybe only Mexican consular cards or Gold’s Gym Cards. At that point common sense might suggest that asking about immigration status is warranted. But Mayor Gray thinks that D.C. residents will be better off if the officer ignores the obvious and just says "have a nice day” or preferably, ’que tenga un buen días.”

    And the residents of Washington, D.C. -- sharing their space already with 35,000 illegal aliens – won’t be having a nice day.

    Sanctuary city policies not only let the existing illegal aliens know they have no worries, but are also welcome mats to thousands more. Mayor Gray’s job is to allocate limited community resources to legal residents, not advertise his city as a safe haven and encourage thousands of additional illegal aliens to come in and drain finite services.

    Washington, D.C. needs true sanctuary for law-abiding citizens protecting them from the lawbreakers and from the politicians who promote those policies.

    While the rest of the country appears to be moving from a sanctuary mentality to a fix-it mentality, the nation’s capital remains dug in, a pocket of resistance and Mayor Gray seems oblivious to the cost and impact his actions have on health care, safety, lowered education, incarceration and quality of life. Sanctuary cities are dangerous, costly, and counter-productive to reducing illegal immigration.

    President Andrew Johnson may have had it right when he described Washington, D.C. as, "12 square miles bordered by reality.”

    Bob Dane is the communications director for the Federation for American Immigration Reform.
    Investigators prepare arrest warrant for Salvadoran immigrant in 2001 Chandra Levy slaying
    By GILLIAN GAYNAIR, Associated Press, February 21, 2009 - 4:53 PM

    WASHINGTON - Investigators in the 2001 slaying of Chandra Levy have prepared an arrest warrant for a Salvadoran (article neglects to mention ILLEGAL) immigrant convicted of similar attacks in the park where the former intern disappeared, a person close to the investigation said Saturday.

    The person told The Associated Press that Ingmar Guandique’s arrest is imminent and an official announcement is expected soon. The person was not authorized to discuss the case publicly and spoke on condition of anonymity.
    Capital Area Groups Unite to Fight Illegal Immigration
    By Ben Meyerson for FOX News, April 17, 2008

    WASHINGTON — Ten groups from Maryland, Virginia and Washington, D.C., announced Thursday they’re joining forces to fight illegal immigration in the region surrounding the nation’s capital.

    The newly-formed Capital Area Alliance Against Illegal Immigration hopes to pool the resources and knowledge of member organizations to end what it calls "political and legislative support for illegal immigration" in the region.

    "Crime, unfortunately, doesn’t know political boundaries too well," said Greg Letiecq, executive director of Save the Old Dominion and leader of the Virginia branch of the Alliance.

    Chuck Floyd, head of the organization’s Maryland arm, agreed.

    "We’re going after them with this particular group and trying to coordinate policies in the region, because we find that Virginia, Maryland and D.C. are not on the same sheet of music when it comes to enforcing policies," he said.

    Floyd, Letiecq and Washington branch leader Bill Buchanan praised some of the Virginia General Assembly’s recent political moves, including passing bills that revoke the license of a business found hiring illegal immigrants and to deny bail to illegal immigrants.
    Washington DC: a Sanctuary City
    The Conservative Voice
    May 16, 2007 01:47 PM EST

    Judicial Watch, the public interest group that investigates and prosecutes government corruption, released documents received from Washington, D.C.’s Metropolitan Police Department [MPD] in response to an open records lawsuit. The lawsuit, filed on March 8, 2007 in the Superior Court of the District of Columbia, asked the court to compel the D.C. Police Department to comply with Judicial Watch’s August 10, 2006 Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request seeking documents pertaining to the department’s illegal immigration policies.

    Within days of the filing of Judicial Watch’s lawsuit, the Washington DC’s Police Department released a memo from Charles H. Ramsey who, until recently, served as Chief of Police, that states: "MPD [Metropolitan Police Department] officers are strictly prohibited from making inquiries into citizenship or residency status for the purpose of determining whether an individual has violated the civil immigration laws or for the purpose of enforcing those laws…the MPD is not in the business of inquiring about the residency status of the people we serve and is not in the business of enforcing civil immigration laws." [Emphasis in the original.]

    The newly released documents also reiterate the "limited" and infrequent support the department offers to federal immigration officials.

    "The sanctuary policies of Washington DC’s police department are a disgrace and an affront to the rule of law. Local police departments do not have a free pass to violate and undermine federal immigration law," said Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton. "Our nation’s capital, of all places, should not undermine federal immigration law, but rather set an example for other cities in the U.S. I hope Congress and the Bush administration take some action to ensure that the rule of law is respected here in Washington, DC"

    Judicial Watch filed a taxpayer lawsuit seeking to end a similar sanctuary police policy in Los Angeles, known as “Special Order 40.” Judicial Watch has also investigated police sanctuary polices in Houston, Chicago, and Westchester County, New York. Federal law states that “…a Federal, State, or local government entity or official may not prohibit, or in any way restrict, any government entity or official from sending to, or receiving from, the Immigration and Naturalization Service [now Immigration and Customs Enforcement] information regarding the citizenship or immigration status, lawful or unlawful, of any individual.”

    Judicial Watch also recently released the results of a national poll performed by Zogby International that shows the overwhelming majority of Americans support the use of local law enforcement officers to help enforce federal immigration laws.

    To read copies of the Washington, DC Police documents uncovered by Judicial Watch