ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION: A SMALL TOWN'S COP'S PERSPECTIVE
On May 14, 2005, illegal alien Raul Garcia Gomez allegedly shot and killed police officer Donald Young in Denver, Colorado in an execution-style murder. A bullet proof vest saved Young�s partner Officer Bishop. Gomez raced back to Mexico to escape prosecution.
What often happens in America is a double standard. Officers stopped Gomez three separate times for traffic offenses and he presented a Mexican driver�s license with no insurance. He would have been arrested on the third offense if he was an American citizen. He would have been taken to jail. Instead, like millions of illegals driving without a license, he was let off. That�s the reason Officer Donald Young is dead. It was a mini-9/11 on a personal level. Young left a wife and two daughters without a father. Their loss is no different than those who lost loved ones on 9/11 because of non-enforcement of immigration laws.
What�s happening across America is a deliberate dismantling of the rule of law by those in higher office. Whether it happened before 9/11 or is happening now, this Congress and president continue ignoring their oath of office and US law. What you and I must abide by, illegal aliens need not. The implications span our entire society. A full 95 percent of homicide warrants in Los Angles last year were made out to illegal aliens. Officer David Marsh of Los Angeles was gunned down by an illegal alien two years ago. The killer, Garcia, like most illegal aliens, skipped back to Mexico.
Jack R. Gates is a cop in small town America. He illustrates what is happening across America at blinding speed as our leaders invite this illegal alien invasion without end.
�I remember the first cocaine-possession arrest I made several years ago,� Gates said. �It was a few grams, certainly not headline worthy, but a good arrest nonetheless. I attempted to ask the man questions after the arrest but I wasn't able to do this because he didn't speak English. I called in a reserve deputy sheriff I knew, who also happened to teach Spanish at a local high school, to translate for me. We went through the standard questions, and it became clear to me during our interpreted conversation that the arrested man was illegally in this country.�
Gates continued, �My first DWI arrest, which goes back a year or two before the cocaine arrest, was also an illegal alien from Mexico. He spoke very little English and I had to muster through the paperwork-intensive DWI-arrest process with my limited Spanish and his limited English.�
What Gates illustrates is a breakdown at the Federal level that puts all officers across America at risk as well as American citizens. Gates can�t do his job and we are not assured of a civil society where the rule of law allows our freedoms. With an estimated 20 million people living outside the law, we�re all at risk.
�I was once called to an apartment complex to quell a peace disturbance of loud music,� Gates said. �Upon arrival, I was soon surrounded by a group of intoxicated illegal aliens, some of whom had no identification. I was able to breathe easier only when several back-up units arrived to render assistance.�
�I can think of at least a dozen traffic stops I've made where one or more of the occupants spoke no English and had no documentation to prove they were legally in the United States,� Gates said. �Many times I've been handed driver�s licenses from other countries.�
Gates illustrates a massive fraud of America�s rule of law. Last year, over 300,000 illegal aliens defrauded New York City with false social security numbers and birth certificates�to gain driver�s licenses. In Denver, Colorado, hundreds of illegal aliens gained driver�s licenses and Commercial Driver�s Licenses from sympathetic Hispanic employees in the Department of Motor Vehicles. Over 26 major accidents involving those illegals driving big 18-wheelers occurred in the last two years on the Front Range. The problems include big cities and small cities.
�At this point, you might be thinking that I work in a large urban area in California or some other border state,� Gates said. �That isn't the case. I work in a small town in southern Missouri. In each of the situations I've described, I took no enforcement action against them for being in the United States illegally. It seems silly, a cop who freely acknowledges he's not doing his job. I agree that it is absurd, but not because I'm neglecting my duty. You should understand that I have no authority to arrest someone only for being in the U.S. illegally.�
Because of Sanctuary Laws and/or Special Order 40 (sanctuary law that stops police from arrest, detention and deportation of illegals) in countless cities across America, over 650,000 police officers in law enforcement cannot do anything to an illegal alien other than let them loose back into our society. In the case of Gomez, a police officer suffered death. It doesn�t end there. On the order of 30 percent of state and Federal prisons nation-wide house convicted illegal aliens. That means over 500,000 illegal aliens raped, killed, robbed or committed a felony against an American citizen or family. It is an example of Third World Momentum. Gates explains a slice of or a scenario of small town America.
"There have been numerous murders of American citizens, including law enforcement officers, committed by illegal aliens," Gates said. �When this happens the suspects slip out of the U.S. immediately. Adding insult to injury, countries such as Mexico refuse to extradite their citizens to the U.S. for capital crimes. Obtaining justice for the victims and their families is thwarted by red tape. Why doesn't our government demand their return and emphasize these "official requests" with economic sanctions likely to garner their cooperation?�
�The federal authorities have been contacted many times over the years by law enforcement agencies in my area regarding those suspected of being illegal aliens,� Gates said. �Although the feds are somewhat more responsive to local law enforcement today, in the years past they made it clear that they will do nothing unless we have charges against the subjects and then would advise, "Call us if you have a busload, don't bother if it's one or two."
Why not one or two? How do ten or fifteen illegal immigrants make the law more viable or enforceable than just one law breaker? It is very frustrating for those of us in law enforcement. A violation of the law exists and we are powerless to do anything about. But that's only a tiny portion of the problem.�
�This problem is not just a border state issue,� Gates said. �Those of us in the Midwest and other areas of this country have something at stake, too. It's more than our jobs, our language, our depleted social service programs, our overburdened classrooms, or our economic stability; it's our very lives in some cases. We are grappling with an influx of illegal aliens contaminated with deadly communicable diseases. Some are separate criminals, inclusive of murderers, rapists, and terrorists who'll kill or assault anyone crossing their paths.�
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"There have been numerous murders of American citizens, including law enforcement officers, committed by illegal aliens,"