Senator Bryan Townsend is prime sponsor to Senate Bill 60 which is The TRUST bill. He thinks that people here illegally should be able to trust that we will hide them even when arrested for crimes. I thought that law enforcement had a public trust to enforce the law for the betterment of the community.
My own state representative is a cosponsor. I really don’t understand how my honorable friend, Rep. Sean Lynn can co-sponsor SB 60 which would make Delaware a Sanctuary state. It would over rule local control of cities like Dover that choose to cooperate with federal authorities. If they want to instruct State Police to release back into the community potential felons, at least don’t force the cities to do so. We have enough problems keeping law and order.
We didn’t choose to cooperate in a vacuum. In 2007, 4 Delaware State University Students were shot and 3 died. A Peruvian who was here illegally was responsible. Sadly, he should have never had a chance. He was previously in custody for allegedly raping a 5 year old. Newark, NJ is a sanctuary city. He was released on bond. While free, he participated in the killing of 3 promising young people who were ready to escape the slums and build a better life.
I have to think that if he has the facts that he will abandon this wrong headed policy. President Obama had it right when he said he would focus on felons not families when he set deportation priorities. We deported 3/4 of a million criminals and our crime rate nationally went down. Americans became safer. There are a third of million known criminal illegal aliens still here. Many are protected by Sanctuary polices. Governments should be protecting its own citizens not the feelings of those who violate our laws and cause injury to our people.
I am not asking a lot of my Democratic friends in the General Assembly. I am just asking them to have as much common sense as the leader of their party. They are anxious to run Americans exercising their 2nd Amendment rights through federal data bases for background checks. They are anxious to run our teachers and volunteers through background checks. Why are they afraid to check one more database to see if there is a federal detainer for immigration? If background checks make sense everywhere else, why not in this area?
We can differ on immigration policy, but can’t we all agree that our society is too violent and crime too high to protect criminals from justice so they can continue make our roads less safe, keep our families at risk, and leave an unnecessary trail of tears and pain?