In a perfect world, immigrating to the United States would be a painlessly short process for those who lawfully chose to add their names to the spreadsheet of our country. In reality, the current sloppy legal mess in which we all find ourselves is the rough equivalent of a slog through a muddy stream, which, now that I think about it, looks just like the Rio Grande.
The debate on immigration started when Native Americans decided that the Pilgrims were getting a little too comfortable, gained steam when the Chinese and Irish dared to build us a better railroad, and continues today with our neighbors to the south. Why is it that this immigration discussion seems to have no resolution?
As a nation and as individuals, we are most definitely of two minds on this topic. We have Arizona on one side, intent on using cops to remove the human problems that are sucking their social service coffers dry. On the other we have sanctuary cities where federal agents rounding up illegal aliens is about as tolerated as Airbus or Folger’s coffee might be in Seattle (yes, the Emerald City is one).
Two options, yes, but one’s too soft and the other too hard.
There’s got to be an answer that’s just right. Now, I’m just spit-balling, but what about deporting illegal aliens that have committed crimes here in the U.S.? By any nation’s standards, someone who illegally enters a country and commits a crime should be shown the door as rapidly as possible.
It sounds like a reasonable idea, doesn’t it? It is and it has a name: Community Shield.
As Sheriff Lee Baca writes in an article for the LA Times, this federal program simply links county jails’ fingerprinting computers to a Homeland Security database. When an illegal alien is identified, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officers place a hold on the arrestee, thereby guaranteeing a deportation hearing following the criminal case’s adjudication.It’s so simple I can’t believe the feds thought of it.
The only problem is–and you knew it was coming– Washington State doesn’t participate in Community Shield. It figures. Finally the federal government makes a good move and the state blocks the shot. Instead, cops do virtually the same task only taking more time and energy (remember, time + energy = $). Since cops are not trained on, nor have jurisdiction over, immigration status, illegal aliens booked on felony crimes will often walk out the door of the jail to disappear into a new identity.
This is a ridiculous way to do busines. Whether you are of a mind to grant legal status to all law-abiding illegal aliens or give the boot to any foreign national without a green card, getting rid of criminals should be a fair and simple decision.
If you agree then direct further inquiries to Governor Gregoire.