WASHINGTON, August 28, 2017 — To those Republicans outraged over President Trump’s pardon of Sheriff Joe Arpaio, I have to ask: Where the hell have you been?
Where do you stand on amnesty for illegal immigrants? Where do you stand on sanctuary cities? Where do you stand on amenities and fast-tracking undocumented residents for green cards and citizenship? Where do you stand on allowing unaccompanied minors—the life blood of some of our most savage gangs—into the country?
Have you protested to make education, English classes and job training available to immigrant families, and to help Americans whose lives and jobs have been disrupted by undocumented immigrants?
The process of dealing with illegal immigration in this country has been no different than (badly) raising a child. If you tolerate the temper tantrum at two, rants at eight, and bad behavior as a tween, you’re guaranteed that when the child becomes a young adult, you’ll have an undisciplined young savage on your hands. Our immigration policy over the last 30 years, with its tough talk and its amnesties, has been like the tough-talking parent who does nothing.
The push toward sanctuary cities by liberal politicians has helped turn the two-year-old into the out-of-control teen.
When it comes to illegal immigration, milquetoast Republicans have tolerated the tantrums, rants and bad behavior of Democrats, liberals and the DNC. Our immigration mess is born of the same policies and same lack of spine that have allowed Democrats to act badly for decades.
When he pardoned Arpaio, the president acted legally. You may not like it, but the president “shall have power to grant reprieves and pardons for offenses against the United States, except in cases of impeachment.”
“It extends,” the court says, “to every offense known to the law.”
The president followed the law, but Republicans, Democrats, politicians, and citizens appalled by the pardon, where were you when we amnestied—that is, pardoned—illegal immigrants?
What did you have to say when liberals decided they did not have to follow the U.S. immigration laws and created sanctuary cities?
Where were you when Americans and hardworking immigrants who should be on a path to citizenship were being targeted by criminal illegal immigrants?
Remember those sanctuary cities are not designed to ensure that immigrant children are in school with nutritional and medical assistance; the role of the sanctuary city is not to protect the immigrant, it is to protect criminals who have snuck across our borders, often multiple times, and are then released back into our communities. These aren’t the hard-working immigrants who come in for near universal praise, the pandas of our illegal ecosystem.
These are criminals who have raped, murdered and brutalized Americans.
Do you not see that had ICE not been stopped from doing its job by sanctuary city police, that the criminals might not see America as their newest playground?
Where were you and your outrage when Americans’ right to life was being trampled?
Where were you when a 19-year-old Seattle woman was brutally raped by 23-year-old DREAMer Salvador Diaz-Garcia, who also attacked a 14 year-old-girl on that very same day? Had Seattle courts turned Diaz-Garcia over to ICE instead of protecting him, he wouldn’t have brought devastation into those two lives.
Who was watching Sergio Jose Martinez, with his history of arrests and at least 20 deportations, when he was released by local authorities in defiance of a federal immigration hold to brutally attack a 65-year-old woman?
Where may I ask, is your outrage?
Living as a transient in the Portland area for more than a year, Martinez had five probation violations for re-entering the United States. He allegedly assaulted another woman in the basement of a parking garage while armed with a knife. The woman kicked him in the stomach and pressed the panic button in her car, and Martinez fled when authorities arrived. He was charged with robbery, kidnapping, burglary and sexual abuse of two victims.
Portland detectives connected Martinez to another assault that occurred blocks away, where he allegedly entered a woman’s home through an open window. Using scarves and socks to bind, blindfold and gag her, he sexually assaulted her, slamming her head into the wood floor before leaving with her keys, cellphone, credit cards and her car.
Prior to being admitted into jail, Martinez was treated for meth-induced psychosis, according to court documents. But Portland authorities gave him sanctuary, allowing him back into the community to devastate at least three women’s lives.
Why did Portland officials think it better to protect Matinez than to protect his victims? Portland is a sanctuary city, and in sanctuary cities, the rights of illegal aliens supersede the lives, liberty and property of legal residents.
Republicans, where were your tweets and outrage when it came time to protect these Portland women from Martinez?
Then there is Fernando Alvarado-Perez, 37, who was charged with first-degree rape, criminal sexual act and four counts of endangering the welfare of a child.
An illegal immigrant living in New York, Perez allegedly raped a girl several times when she was 12 and 13 years old. He told police he had come to the United States illegally about 10 years ago.
Where were you, Republican senators, when President Obama and the Democratic party were running roughshod over the law, pushing to give illegal immigrants the same rights to vote, get a driver’s license, practice law, and apply for and receive welfare as an American citizen, plus the right to commit crimes and, unlike an American, then be released back into society to commit more crime?
Sheriff Joe Arpaio may be a dislikable person. He gained national attention for housing his inmates in tents when jails reached capacity and creating the first, all-female chain gangs, nothing we should applaud.
His tactics were wrong and his constituents voted him out of office. But Time Magazine reports, “a small fraction of the 33,000 arrests he has overseen have been based on documentation checks in the field, but Arpaio says the program to allow field checks is symbolically important: ‘This is a crime-deterrent program, too.'”
I live in a sanctuary city. I live in an area that has, over the last 70 years, gone from housing for World War II veterans to a multi-cultural neighborhood. We all live together as neighbors. I have traveled throughout Central America and find the people warm, gracious and industrious.
I am not opposed, on any level, to any person of any race living in this country based on the color of their skin or the country of their birth.
Unfortunately, the persons coming illegally into the U.S. are reported to be overwhelming male and young—and too often, criminals. They come to America not for a dream, but with the intent to create mayhem that too often becomes rape, brutalization and murder.
According to American Bounty Hunter:
“But our mainstream media, our self-described guardians of the First Amendment, consciously avoids the effort and declines to put a public spotlight on the problem or demand public scrutiny and public accountability. Why?
“The answer is that public debate on the problem of illegal alien crime does not serve the progressive political agenda. The issue is swept under the rug and anyone who raises it is called a racist.
“So, the average American is blissfully unaware of them.
“Between 2008 and 2014, 40 percent of all murder convictions in Florida were criminal aliens.
“In New York it was 34% and Arizona 17.8%.
“During those years, criminal aliens accounted for 38% of all murder convictions in the five states of California, Texas, Arizona, Florida and New York, while illegal aliens constitute only 5.6% of the total population in those states.”
That 38 percent represents 7,085 murders out of the total of 18,643.
Our neighborhood has had a decades-long problem with MS-13 gang members. We have seen the results of drugs and brutal crimes brought here by gangs. That criminal element affects my life and the life of my neighbors—all my neighbors, here legally or not. It has given us increased drug busts, a park not safe after dusk, increased trash and broken bottles on the streets and roadways.
Sheriff Joe, despite his questionable tactics, was protecting his community from the likes of José Inez García Zárate, Salvador Diaz-Garcia, Alvarado-Perez and others of their ilk.
Those people who are here illegally, but acting as contributors to America, are not the problem. The problem is sanctuary cities and politicians who decided it was ok to harbor rapists, murderers and gang members, thinking they were being compassionate.
Had Democrats not pushed for, and Republicans not been afraid to push back on the idea of sanctuary cities and allowing criminals to walk out of court houses to disappear into America, the families, woman and children here may not have been lumped into one big “illegal immigrant” ball.
DREAMers could still dream. Parents could help their children learn to live a multi-national life.
And profiling and street round-ups might not have been used as a tool by Arpaio. Without sanctuary cities and amnesties and a schizophrenic immigration policy, our justice-system net would catch criminals and turn them over to ICE to be jailed or deported. If the idea of sanctuary cities as a political tool had never been allowed to grow, fewer people would have been harmed by illegals and fewer immigrants harmed by Sheriff Joe.
If liberals had not seen giving citizenship to illegals as a step toward reelection, there would not have been a reason for Sheriff Joe. But they didn’t craft immigration policy to protect immigrants; they did it to advance a political agenda. Their outrage over Trump’s pardon is nothing but political posturing.
President Bill Clinton pardoned Marc Rich, indicted in the United States on federal charges of tax evasion and making controversial oil deals with Iran during the Iran hostage crisis. He was in Switzerland at the time of the indictment and never returned to the United States. Clinton pardoned Rich on January 20, 2001, his last day in office.
President Obama pardoned over 1,927 individuals convicted of federal crimes. Obama also holds the record for the largest single-day use of the clemency power, granting 330 commutations on January 19, 2017, his last full day in office.
One of those persons granted clemency was Oscar López Rivera, a Puerto Rican activist and militant who was one of the leaders of the Fuerzas Armadas de Liberación Nacional Puertorriqueña (FALN), a clandestine, paramilitary organization devoted to Puerto Rican independence.
A fugitive since 1976, López Rivera was arrested on May 29, 1981, and tried by the United States government for seditious conspiracy, use of force to commit robbery, interstate transportation of firearms, and conspiracy to transport explosives with intent to destroy government property. When his sentence was commuted, there were crickets from both Republicans and Democrats, and the media, despite the severity of López Rivera’s crimes.
Now Trump pardons Arpaio, who is no longer in office and does not pose any threat to America, and the outrage roars.
Unfortunately for those politicians, Republican and Democrat, the vast number of American’s most likely don’t care that Trump pardoned Arpaio. It’s only an issue for politicians and protesters seeking to promote a socialist one-world political agenda that is designed to erode America.
And a lot of America is getting pretty tired of it all.