“Is Bexar County a Sanctuary Community?”

“Is Bexar County a Sanctuary Community?”
By J. Allen Tharp

          By J. Allen Tharp

In our SATP meeting last Saturday, we addressed a topic of great concern to not only the SATP but the vast majority of American citizens: this appalling lawless trend we are seeing in places like San Francisco and Chicago who declare their communities not subject to federal law.

Specifically our question for the day was, “Is Bexar County a sanctuary community?”

Since the San Francisco Sheriff and City Council expanded illegal alien sanctuary policies in 2013, violent crime, including murder and rape, in that area has skyrocketed because enforcement agencies are required to ignore most ICE detainers. We all remember the murder of Kate Steinle by an illegal alien who was a seven-time felon and five-time deportee. This happened as a direct result of the city’s sanctuary policy.

The DHS Security records show that in just one eight-month period in 2014, more than 8,100 deportable aliens were released by  sanctuary jurisdictions. Three thousand of them were felons and 62 percent had a prior criminal record. Nineteen hundred were later rearrested 4,300 times, on 7,500 different offenses.

So, these sanctuary policies directly victimized thousands of the residents of these sanctuary cities who were subjected to assaults, burglaries, thefts and even murders that would not have occurred except for these sanctuary policies.

The Tea Party is well known to be huge supporters of the rule of law and those charged with enforcing it.  So we’re baffled when we see this kind of disregard for law and order, and we are furious when we see this lawlessness being promoted and funded by the Obama administration, with our taxes.    Taxes, BTW, that too many Judas politicians and administrators are glad to take, as they sell out the sovereignty of their homeland for 30 pieces of silver.

Oh yes, there is big money in breaking the laws if Obama disagrees with them.  This Administration has been rewarding sanctuary states, counties and cities that shield violent illegal aliens from deportation, with hundreds of millions of dollars in federal grants.

The money ironically flows through the DOJ, which is supposed to be the agency responsible for enforcing the law and defending the interests of the United States.

The DOJ gave over $342 million in bribes to 10 sanctuary states and cities that refuse to cooperate with ICE to deport criminal illegal aliens earmarked for removal.

  • Connecticut, received more than $69 million in grants from the DOJ.
  • New York, over $60 million.
  • Chicago, $28.5 million.
  • Philadelphia, $16.5 million
  • Miami-Dade County, almost $11 million
  • Milwaukee, $7.5 million
  • Cook County, Illinois $6 million.
  • Clark County, Nevada $6.2.
  • And Orleans Parish $4.7 million.
Ivy Taylor

             San Antonio Mayor Ivy Taylor

The SATP met with Mayor Taylor early this year on our concerns about sanctuary cities, and my interpretation of what she told us on this matter was that while we follow the Obama sanctuary policies, we don’t call San Antonio a sanctuary city because of political backlash. So, it seems that we may be playing word games with people’s lives, while refusing to enforce the laws of the land.

We want to ensure that our policies and practices regarding illegal aliens are different than those of ultraliberal San Francisco, New Orleans, or Chicago where authorities disregard the law and work hard to prevent the deportation of illegal aliens.

When suspects are picked up or stopped here, we want to ensure that law enforcement is free to check their immigration status. Those responsible for enforcing the laws must be assured that they are expected to turn illegals over to ICE. We cannot play a role in promoting Obama’s suicidal open border policies.

Sheriff Parmeleau

                 Bexar County Sheriff Susan Parmeleau

We’re very pleased to report that our guest speaker, Sheriff Pamereleau, was very forthright and answered our questions and explained the policies and practices followed here in our community. I left the meeting confident that the Sherriff’s office understands the problem and is doing their best to enforce all laws with which they are charged to enforce, and that no one in that department is discouraged from deporting illegals when they are discovered in our community.

We plan to have the same discussion with Chief of Police, Chief McManus, regarding how SAPD officers are instructed to deal with illegal aliens.

On Friday September 16, Chief McManus will also be addressing the SATP on the sanctuary city issue. We will have a chance to let him know our position on this matter, as well as find out how the San Antonio Police are instructed to deal with illegals.

The SATP will also be working hard to see that our state legislature addresses this problem during the legislative session. We will keep you all apprised on this matter as it progresses through the legislature and will be asking for your support to make sure that we get a bill through both houses that protects Texans and penalizes sanctuary communities.

Allen Tharp is President of the San Antonio Tea Party.

 

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One Response to "“Is Bexar County a Sanctuary Community?”"

  1. Cautiously Anonymous  August 18, 2016 at 11:35 am

    One of the more troubling aspects of the advent of sanctuary cities is the culture of selective enforcement and budgetary constraints that somehow supersede the oath of office. My personal curiosity is, out of all the public servants who voluntarily took the oath of public office, who decides which laws and constitutional precepts get enforced, and which ones can be ignored. After accepting the job, pledging to support and defend, then cashing the paycheck, what is the criteria used to determine a public servant is not obliged to enforce any law or constitutional provision? Presumably, education is not the reason. After all, are there certain standards of knowledge required to become a member of the law enforcement community? Is it a bureaucratic ‘not my job’, ‘I don’t get paid to do that’, ‘it’s not in my budget’ sort of labor union society? Like the mafia, do we need to pay protection to some goon squad to make sure the house doesn’t get hit by lightning? No matter how you slice and dice it, we either hold law enforcement accountable and insist the lawful statutes are enforced, or we should consider revising the oath of office to accommodate the slack.

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