As I read through the news this morning, there were many different topics to choose from for my first "front-page" post. Do I address the Connecticut General Assembly's never-ending Government Administation and Elections Committee investigation of Governor Rell's Chief of Staff, Lisa Moody? Do I comment on the resignation of former DCF Chief Kristine Ragaglia from her fraud investigative position at DSS? Do I comment on tonight's Lieberman-Lamont debate (which has the interest of most of the readers at this time)?
I have chosen, however, to address the City of New Haven's "No Tell" policy of not reporting illegal immigrants to federal authorities. As the New Haven Register points out, a total of 68 cities and state governments have policies declining to enforce federal civil immigration violations for community policing reasons. While I understand that many cities/states cannot bear the financial/manpower burden of enforcing the federal immigration laws, I find the practice of not reporting immigration violations, simply because they are civil violations, to be deplorable and a threat to our national security.
I do not share the position of many of my conservative colleagues that we should close the borders to immigration. This would be quite un-American, as our nation is one of immigrants. However, illegal immigration brings with it a threat to our citizens. I find it amazing that a man running for Governor would make it his policy to turn a blind eye to the law (any law). I placed a telephone call to the Mayor Dan Malloy's office and was informed that, to the best of their knowledge, the City of Stamford does not have a similar policy.
The adoption of "no-tell" policy is a severe hindrance to the federal government's enforcement of our immigration laws and a risk to our security. Instead of ignoring illegal immigration, our local/state law enforcement agencies should be cooperating with the federal government to enforce the laws of our land by reporting incidents of illegal immigration. I don't think that is too much to ask.
(Please forgive me for the lengthy web address, I haven't quite figured out how to save the link as a title only.)