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Immigration and illegal aliens (or undocumented immigrants depending on your political leanings) are certainly hot button political topics right now. It seems as though the subject is unavoidable in the media, on Facebook, and even water cooler talk at the office. Everyone has an opinion on it. President Trump and his supporters want to build a border wall. His political opponents want sanctuary cities and better treatment of those who cross the border illegally. With this ever present ideological struggle, I wasn’t even remotely surprised to read this headline from CNN yesterday:
“Massachusetts federal judge blocks ICE from making civil immigration arrests inside state’s courthouses”
“A federal judge in Massachusetts on Thursday blocked federal authorities from making civil immigration arrests inside the state’s courthouses.
US District Judge Indira Talwani issued a preliminary injunction that blocks US Immigration and Customs Enforcement and the Department of Homeland Security “from civilly arresting parties, witnesses, and others attending Massachusetts courthouses on official business while they are going to, attending, or leaving the courthouse,” according to the court order.”
I don’t even know where to begin…
I am the son of immigrants. My parents came to this country to build a better life for themselves and future generations of our family. They went through the legal process to do so, which, admittedly, was much different in the mid-60s. I am in no way anti-immigration. I am, however, all about law and order and the rules applying equally to everybody. I’m not advocating for ICE raids that lock up housekeepers and landscapers, but deporting CRIMINALS who came here illegally and then broke the law again seems like a no-brainer, right?
“The order follows a lawsuit from Middlesex County District Attorney Marian Ryan and Suffolk County District Attorney Rachael Rollins…”
A lawsuit to prevent law enforcement from doing their job, filed by two people who were elected by the people of Massachusetts to enforce the law. Unbelievable.
You’ll recall that a campaign promise made by Rollins was a list of crimes that she would decline to prosecute if elected, including larceny under $250, shoplifting, threats, and breaking and entering. After her inauguration she softened her stance a bit, according to The Boston Herald, but then reaffirmed her position on the matter in April, as reported by Mass Live.
“It also comes after a Massachusetts judge and a former court officer were accused in April of helping a twice-deported undocumented defendant elude immigration authorities by slipping out a rear courthouse door.”
TBDailyNews blogged about that story back in April. More from the CNN story:
“At the time, Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey said the indictment was “a radical and politically motivated attack on our state and the independence of our courts.””
Maura Healey calling anyone else’s actions “radical and politically motivated” is laughable.
We have a state full of activist DAs and judges, whose actions and decisions have led directly to the deaths of police officers and civilians alike, yet our Attorney General feels that a judge and DA who conspired to help a criminal escape lawful deportation shouldn’t have been indicted. Makes sense.
I know the narrative is that cops are bad, so maybe you don’t feel sympathy for Michael Chesna, Ron Tarentino, or Sean Gannon or their families. Instead, you should consider the lives of Richard Field and Lina Bolanos, two doctors who were murdered in their South Boston condo by Bampumim Teixeira, a West African immigrant who, upon his second conviction for armed robbery of the same bank, was given a 364 day prison sentence to avoid mandatory deportation.
This order from Judge Talwani once again shows what Turtleboy has been saying for a while. Judges in Massachusetts are out of control and care more about the feelings of criminals and people who don’t belong in this country, than they do about hard-working taxpayers. Judges serve for life, but the people who appointed them do not. The only way to change things is to stop voting in the same corrupt politicians over and over again.