Monday, September 10, 2007

Anchorage Assemblyman Paul Bauer Proposing New Law To Mandate Increase Cooperation Between Anchorage Police And Immigration Authorities

Assemblyman Paul Bauer is proposing a new city law that could have police asking drivers who are lawfully detained during a traffic stop if they are U.S. citizens. It's part of a proposal that would force local police to team up with federal immigration authorities to crack down on illegal immigrants. Full story published September 10th, 2007 in the Anchorage Daily News.

Bauer describes it as a preventive measure to prevent Anchorage from becoming a gateway for illegals. It's also designed to remove the designation of "sanctuary city" from Anchorage. Both Bill O'Reilly and the Ohio Jobs & Justice Political Action Committee (OJJPAC) include Anchorage and Fairbanks on their respective lists of sanctuary cities, although OJJPAC's list is much longer and more current.

The proposal is on the agenda to be initially introduced during the Anchorage Assembly's regular meeting on Tuesday September 11th. Public testimony is not taken during an initial introduction. Bauer's ordinance is based on a draft ordinance written by the Immigration Reform Law Institute in Washington, D.C., a group that believes the federal government isn't doing enough to target illegal or undocumented immigrants and it's up to cities and states to pick up the slack.

OJJPAC considers any city that doesn't mandate full cooperation between local police and federal immigration authorities a sanctuary city, a definition that may be too broad. In other words, a city that either outright protects or just merely tolerates illegal immigrants will get tagged. Anchorage earned the designation after passing AR No. 2003-223 in 2003, which bars the use of municipal resources in enforcing the USA Patriot Act. The resolution also limits cooperation between the Anchorage Police Department (APD) and federal immigration authorities. Its sponsor, liberal Downtown Assemblyman Allan Tesche, who has a tendency to pander to minorities, was also motivated by the fact that APD was severely short-handed at that time, and didn't want APD officers diverted from handling street crime to housekeeping duties. However, the resolution does NOT have the force of law behind it; only an ordinance has statutory force.

Bauer's proposal, designated as AO 2007-125, has now been posted on the Assembly's website. Bauer said he's not clear on the details of the process, which he said would have to be worked out by the federal government and local police. As written, the proposal appears to say that police would routinely ask everyone they detain if they are a U.S. citizen, but Bauer said that's not his intent and could be fixed with a rewrite of the proposal. Here are the primary changes:

(1). Requires all officials, agencies, and personnel of the Municipality of Anchorage (MOA) to comply with and support federal immigration law.

(2). Prevents the Municipality from prohibiting exchange of information between MOA personnel and the feds regarding anyone's immigration status.

(3). Requires APD to enter into a cooperative agreement with the Department of Homeland Security within 90 days of the ordinance's adoption.

But when Bauer's proposal first became public last Friday, the selfsame Tesche threw a hissy fit and, playing the "Nazi" card as so many liberals are wont to do, said the plan would only stir up paranoia and hatred of immigrants. "Why doesn't Mr. Bauer help us all and pin yellow stars on these immigrants?" he asked in a sarcastic reference to the marking of Jews in Nazi Germany.

Mayor Mark Begich not only doesn't support the proposed law, but has vigorously objected to Anchorage's designation as a sanctuary city. "We don't need this," mayoral spokeswoman Julie Hasquet said. "We are already cooperating fully with the federal immigration officials and we are not a sanctuary city". Both Hasquet and Mayor Begich have also e-mailed O'Reilly, expressing their objections to his designation. Hasquet also pointed out that some cities, such as Chicago, completely ban police from asking people if they are legal U.S. citizens. Anchorage has no such rule.

Anchorage Police Department Capt. Bill Miller said the 2003 resolution -- which is not a law -- did not change the way police work with immigration authorities. "We enforce any law that we have the opportunity to enforce," he said.

Now that I've actually seen the ordinance, I'm much more confident that it will work. But it deserves a thorough discussion, to ensure the final product is court-proof. Ultimately, the best way for APD to make it work and immunize themselves against bogus charges of "profiling" (which is an excuse conjured up by minority activists to excuse minority misbehavior and evade accountability) is to ensure everyone who is detained gets the same scrutiny. Ultimately, the APD should link directly with the fed's immigration database to make this a seamless process.

Of course, the local Latino lobby is now crying the blues. An obscure group called the Hispanic Affairs Council of Alaska (HACA), which doesn't even have its own website (too cheap and lazy to even start a free blog on Blogger or Wordpress), has announced its intention to form an "Ad Hoc" coalition to twist arms, as they normally do. Here's the press release they issued on Sunday:

September 9, 2007. Anchorage, Alaska - Several members of the Hispanic community and other ethnic and community groups have come together to form an Ad Hoc coalition to oppose the ordinance introduced by Assemblyman Paul Bauer from Anchorage that gives law-enforcement the authority to enforce federal immigration laws.
The ordinance, as presented by Bauer, would require that the Anchorage Police Department (APD) and Municipal agencies review citizenship documents for all people living, working and traveling through the Municipality of Anchorage. It is vague and generates concerns, particularly for ethnic minorities, regarding those powers given to local law enforcement in making a determination on the citizenship or residency status of any individual they deem questionable.
As written, for example, any person stopped for a traffic violation would have to prove his or her citizenship or residency status. There are also no assurances that minority groups, particularly Hispanics, will not be unfairly targeted or profiled.
It also creates an aura of fear for immigrant victims of crimes who are already afraid to come forth in situations involving domestic abuse or seeking medical assistance. Furthermore, adding this to the duties of APD will diminish the department's resources to concentrate on combating gangs, drugs and crimes.
“This ordinance has the potential of stirring up anti-immigrant sentiments in Anchorage and beyond in such a widely diverse community that actually has the lowest number of undocumented non-citizens in the nation” said Erick Cordero, President of the Hispanic Affairs Council of Alaska speaking as a member of the coalition. “This ordinance goes beyond addressing illegal immigration and creates problems for anyone doing business or living within the Municipality of Anchorage”, added Daniel Esparza, organizer of the community meeting.
The coalition emerged as a result of a community meeting organized by Daniel Esparza in coordination with other individuals and groups such as the Hispanic Affairs Council of Alaska, Lina Mariscal, Honorary Consul of Mexico, and representatives from the Alaska Immigration Justice Project and individual members of the community at large. The meeting took place at Our Lady of Guadalupe Church on September 9 and over forty people attended the meeting.

You can bet these turkeys will show a presence down at the Loussac Library tomorrow (September 11th), so those who want to stand up for America and protect our borders ought to consider showing up to counter them. A KTUU poll being conducted right now indicates 68% of respondents support Bauer's proposed measure. Let's not just concede the streets to the Latino lobby like they do down in L.A. Don't wait for someone else to take the lead - make a sign and show up. This is a perfect opportunity to apply Louis Beam's principle of "leaderless resistance".


  1. I feel that the Anchorage Police Officers have every right to check the status of citizenship of people whom they pull over. I will gladly display my proof if requested, because, after all, I am proud to be an American. By the way, thank you for listing my blog under your links section.

  2. I feel that the Anchorage Police Officers have every right to check the status of citizenship of people whom they pull over. I will gladly display my proof if requested, because, after all, I am proud to be an American. By the way, thank you for listing my blog under your links section.

  3. My pleasure, Anthony. I also noticed your comment posted on the ADN story about Paul Bauer.

    I have never objected to showing my driver's license to a police officer upon request. It's a small price to pay for controlling who enters our country.

  4. The Unbeliever9/11/2007 6:29 PM

    I thought you might like to read what another Alaskan wrote. If anyone wishes to be on my E mail list to receivre my "rants" E mail me at:

    America in the 21st century

    “A republic if you can keep it.” These are the words of Benjamin Franklin when he was asked at the close of the Constitutional Convention what kind of government the founding fathers had created. Keeping that republic is the overriding issue of the 21st century for Americans.

    We as Americans are faced today with many issues which will have resounding and long lasting effects on our country. Immigration, terrorism, invasion by the Islamic hordes, the idea put forth by the “one world government” promoters of a Transnational North American Union, the rise of the insane idea of “political correctness and multiculturalism”. All of these issues and more are facing us today.

    To understand where America is going and to shape its course in the 21st century we must understand the basics of what the founding fathers gave us, for if we do not understand the foundations of the American system, the house that is America will come tumbling down.

    What the founding fathers created was a two pillar system. We can best understand these pillars by looking at the Declaration of Independence. Elucidated clearly in this document are the two things that define the American system of governance. They are “NATURAL RIGHTS and THE CONSENT OF THE GOVERNED”

    From NATURAL RIGHTS we gain the idea of “constitutionalism” in which the people through a constitution limit themselves, but spell out clearly that individuals possess “natural rights” by their nature as human beings and that those rights are god given and are not able to be forfeited and “republicanism” or self-government which is agreed to by the consent of “we the people”.

    The system of government that the founding fathers created is one which is constitutionally limited by individual rights and the equality of individual citizenship and democracy based on the idea of a self-governing free people.

    Let us pick two of the aforementioned issues before the American people as an example of how American citizenship and our liberal democratic nation-state will be affected in the 21st century. These issues are the transnational new world order conundrum and massive immigration.

    There are two doctrines which have traditionally guided the American thought process regarding immigration, adherence to the foundation principles of American constitutional democracy and American assimilation. The foundation principles are set forth in two core documents the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution. Both of these affirm the sovereignty of a single American people. To witness this you need only read the Preamble to the U.S. Constitution: “We the people of the United States…do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States.”

    We must glean three things from these documents: (1) we are one people in one sovereign nation-state; (2) the people are sovereign and self-governing; (3) the authority of the government is limited by the “natural rights” of the people. It can be said that America is a nation-state united not by common ethnic and religious roots but by the ideals of liberty, equality of citizenship, and individual rights.

    American assimilation can be summed up to mean that immigrants adopt American civic values and accept American heritage as their own regardless of when or where they came from. American assimilation means an emotional as well as a philosophical commitment to the nation. Thus, George Washington, in a letter to John Adams, stated that immigrants should be integrated into American life so that "by an intermixture with our people, they, or their descendants, get assimilated to our customs, measures, laws: in a word soon become one people”
    Alexander Hamilton insisted that "the safety of a republic depends essentially on the energy of a common national sentiment; on a uniformity of principles and habits; on the exemption of citizens from foreign bias and prejudice; and on the love of country which will almost invariably be found to be closely connected with birth, education, and family." The ultimate success of the American republic, he maintained, depends upon "the preservation of a national spirit and a national character," among native born and immigrant alike.
    Clearly the founders insisted on American patriotic assimilation so much so that the Naturalization Law of 1795 required a renunciation under oath of any previous sovereign allegiances. This clause remains today in the law!
    One hundred years later President Theodore Roosevelt signed his name to the “Federal Textbook on Citizenship Training” this is what it said:
    In the first place we should insist that if the immigrant who comes here in good faith becomes an American and assimilates himself to us, he shall be treated on an exact equality with everyone else, for it is an outrage to discriminate against any such man because of creed, or birthplace, or origin. But this is predicated upon the man's becoming in very fact an American and nothing but an American...There can be no divided allegiance here. Any man who says he is an American, but something else also, isn't an American at all. We have room for but one flag, the American flag, and this excludes the red flag, which symbolizes all wars against liberty and civilization, just as much as it excludes any foreign flag of a nation to which we are hostile...We have room for but one language here, and that is the English language...and we have room for but one soul [sic] loyalty and that is a loyalty to the American people.

    Woodrow Wilson was a bitter rival of Theodore Roosevelt. But on the issue of assimilating immigrants they sounded very much like each other, and very like the founders. Thus, at a ceremony in Philadelphia in 1915, President Wilson praised the contributions of immigrants and spoke of their obligations to America. He declared:

    You cannot dedicate yourself to America unless you become in every respect and with every purpose of your will thoroughly Americans. You cannot become thoroughly Americans if you think of yourselves in groups. A man who thinks of himself as belonging to a particular national group in America has not yet become an American.

    Thus was the idea of “Americanization” a strongly held tenet until the 1960’s when the 1965 Immigration bill spearheaded by Ted Kennedy replaced this axiom with that of political correctness and multiculturalism and to express the idea of
    “Americanization” was to be a “racist and a xenophobe” in today’s lexicon we can also add “nativeist”. Beginning with the 1965 Kennedy Immigration bill and continuing through the 1986 Kennedy Immigration and Amnesty act and today with the defeated Comprehensive Immigration bill the idea of “Americanization” has given way to the esoteric notion of “group rights” and “transnationlism”. Architects of “Transnational America” see the United States as a sort of cosmopolitan federation of national colonies made up of foreign cultures moving back and forth between other lands and having allegiances to many other cultures and ethnic beliefs. America has become ground zero for the “new world order” crowd and in their minds it will become the epitome of the “multicultural utopia”.

    To illustrate the pervasiveness of this thought process let me point you to the words of Alexander Alienikoff who was in a key position at the INS during the 90’s. Alienikoff declares: “America is under constant contract renegotiation”, this renegotiation is to be undertaken by “mutually respecting ethnic groups”. Alienikoff is expressing the fact that the American idea of assimilation is morphing into the concept of a Transnational America, thus exposing the real agenda of the Ted Kennedy, multicultural, anti American nexus the destruction of traditional America values and the replacement of American sovereignty with that of a Transnational conglomerate. Another key player who was the INS deputy commissioner in 1990 is Robert Bach. Bach is quoted as saying: “The problem in America may not be diversity but homogeneity.” Thus at the highest levels of our government assimilation becomes a problem not a solution.

    Working hand in hand with the transnational lobby are activist immigration lawyers who have tirelessly worked to weaken American immigration laws and traditions. Some of the measures they have been pushing are the following:
    • Ending the requirement to renounce prior allegiances.
    • Ending the English language requirement because it is discriminatory.
    • Eliminating the citizenship test completely.
    • Erasing all legal distinctions between citizens and non-citizens.
    • Encouraging laws granting voting rights to non-citizens.
    • Promoting dual citizenship.
    • Creating new legal categories of “discrimination” that would consider non-citizens legal or illegal as members of a victim group thus bestowing preferential treatment on this people.
    • Proposing that international immigration law override U.S. constitutional law.
    The elites of the New World Order, the Hate America crowd, the multicultural sycophants, the ACLU, and the Washington politicos have become an amalgamated army for change, a change which does not bode well for the American dream.

    The assumptions of this group include but are not limited to:
    • The primacy of the culture group over the individual citizen.
    • A dichotomy of groups namely oppressor groups versus victim groups. Immigrate groups are of course victim groups. Oppressor groups are singularly defined as “white male Anglos”.
    • Group proportionlism as a goal of society.
    • The values of all dominant institutions must be changed to reflect the values of victims groups.
    • Pursue demographic changes which will render the traditional American landscape obsolete.
    • Redefine American democracy from one that trumpets majority rule among equal citizens to one in which power is shared among cultural groups of both citizens and non-citizens.

    We are at a crossroad in America and it remains to be seen whether this American generation will rise to the challenge or allow 230 years of American tradition to be swept into the dust bin of history. The challenge to traditional American ideals of citizenship, patriotism, and assimilation are formidable. We are faced with the survival of the American paradigm. If our system is based not on individual rights, but on group rights, not on equal citizenship for all but on certain categories of groups including non-citizens who are deserving of special treatment, not on majority rule, but power sharing by different ethnic, racial, gender, and linguistic groups, not on constitutional law but transnational law; then this country will cease to be “constitutional”, “democratic” and “American”. This land of ours will simply become a balkanized, “post-constitutional”, “post-democratic”, “post-American” nightmare!

    So friends this is our challenge to us, this generation of Americans, and it is literally a matter of life or death:
    E. Pluribus Unum
    Out of many one. One people. One America

    Mike Sweeley
    Eagle River, Alaska
    July 4th, 2007

  5. The Unbeliever9/11/2007 6:34 PM

    Paul Bauer needs help. I talked with Dan Sullivan, and Bill Starr all are on board with Res: 2007-125
    But of course Begich will oppose it!
    Help stop this madness, lets support " report and deport"

  6. Thanks for your input, Mike. I attended the Assembly meeting Tuesday night; my observations are on the next post.

    Sheila Selkregg launched a thinly-disguised effort to quash Bauer's ordinance, but it didn't work. It has been referred to the Public Safety Committee for a hearing on November 27th.

    Looks like you folks made a good call in sending Bill Starr to the Aseembly.