It isn't often that I remark on the occasional stupidity of the Washington State Patrol... but this idiocy is on them.
Look, I get that the morons running this state all have d's after their name. And I get that the left is all about benefiting from voter fraud and either using illegals to campaign for them or allowing illegals to vote... as long as they vote for democrats.
But this epic fail on the part of the State Patrol... that is, their REFUSAL to give ICE the fingerprints of those booked into jail in this state... is an inexplicable POLITICAL decision that now seems to have infested what is SUPPOSED to be the best, most professional law enforcement organization this state has.
There is no excuse for this stupidity. None. I get that Queen Crissy is all about securing the illegal vote like she did the tribal vote by bending over the taxpayer so they could keep hundreds of millions (and her campaign could get funded) by not requiring tribal casinos to pay a dime in taxes in this state.
The message from the State Patrol... that "We are a state law-enforcement agency, and we don't want to go down the road of being an immigration agency," is a despicable violation of their trust and their oath.
They all swore to uphold the laws of this state and this Nation. There was no selective ability to decide WHICH laws to enforce. They were SUPPOSED to enforce them all.
And if, as the State Patrol spokesman tells us, "The chief and the governor are of the same mind on this." then they both deserve to get kicked out on their wide-glide asses.
For God's sake... this is the OBAMA Administration asking us to provide this information to help battle illegal aliens. And this simple idiots don't want to do this?
Damn. If I was Obama, I'd cut Washington State off without a dime. Then I'd see how long it would take them to understand what "upholding the law means."
State won't agree to national immigration programHT to the Seattle Times, a REAL newspaper.
Washington state has declined to sign an agreement that would allow the fingerprints of every person booked into local jails to be checked against a national immigration database.
Seattle Times staff reporter
Washington state has declined to sign an agreement that would allow the fingerprints of people booked into local jails to be checked against a national immigration database.
Immigration officials say the idea behind Secure Communities, a federal program rolling out across the country, is to identify, detain and eventually deport those subject to removal from the country, with a particular focus on those who have committed serious crimes.
But Secure Communities is controversial in some places where it operates, with immigrant advocates saying that it snags immigrants who've committed only minor offenses and could discourage people from reporting crimes to the police.
The program is in 788 jurisdictions across 34 states, including Oregon, Idaho and California, and in the past two years has led to the expulsion of some 46,800 individuals from the country.
The Department of Homeland Security, which runs Secure Communities through its Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) division, said it will be in every jail nationwide by 2013.
Over the last year, ICE has been trying to reach agreements with the agency in each state that serves as that state's clearinghouse for fingerprint data. Any agreement with that agency would cover all local jurisdictions in the state.
In Washington, that agency is the State Patrol, which has chosen not to sign the agreement to activate Secure Communities here.
"We are a state law-enforcement agency, and we don't want to go down the road of being an immigration agency," Patrol spokesman Bob Calkins said. "The chief and the governor are of the same mind on this."
A spokeswoman for Gov. Chris Gregoire said the governor has not yet made a "final determination."
Calkins also said that while the State Patrol hasn't signed the agreement, it won't prevent local jurisdictions that choose to participate from doing so.
But officials from ICE said Washington not only hasn't signed, but it has not granted permission for ICE to work with local jurisdictions to activate the program, as other states that have not signed the agreement have done.
Nonetheless, they say, by 2013 they will have the ability to activate the program everywhere, even in states like Washington where they have no signed agreements.Ira Mehlman, spokesman for the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR), which advocates for stronger immigration enforcement, said Washington's position is wrongheaded political correctness.
Local authorities, he said, don't refuse to cooperate with other federal law-enforcement agencies, such as the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) or the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA).
"What possible justification can they have for not turning over this information that might be the one opportunity to catch someone who is really dangerous?" Mehlman asked. "They are just asking for some future tragedy."