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.
(PRESS RELEASE ENDS)
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".