Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Anchorage (Alaska) Assembly Indefinitely Postpones Action On AO 2007-125, Paul Bauer's Immigration Ordinance


While I could not attend the regularly-scheduled meeting of the Anchorage Municipal Assembly on November 27th, 2007, I had not forgotten about AO 2007-125, the proposed immigration ordinance drafted by Assemblyman Paul Bauer (pictured at left). So I checked the Action Agenda page of the Assembly website to find out what they did about it.

And guess what? It looks like, for all intents and purposes, they killed it, by an 8-3 vote, according to the Alaska Politics blog, operated by Anchorage Daily News reporter Kyle Hopkins. Paul Bauer, Dan Sullivan, and Dan Coffey were the only Assembly Members voting against postponement. Yes, they claim that they "indefinitely postponed" it, but with a negative recommendation from the Public Safety Committee as part of the baggage, it looks more like "death by indefinite postponement".

Here's the official record from the Action Agenda for November 27th:

Ordinance No. AO 2007-125, an ordinance of the Anchorage Municipal Assembly making certain findings related to illegal immigration and amending Anchorage Municipal Code Title 8 to establish a new Chapter 8.95, Local Enforcement and Anti-Sanctuary, to mandate a policy of full cooperation between the Municipality of Anchorage Law Enforcement and Federal Immigration Enforcement Agencies; to require immigration status verification of all persons detained for violations of state or municipal law; to prohibit restrictions on official communication by municipal officials and personnel with federal immigration authorities; to require negotiation of a cooperative agreement with the United States Department of Homeland Security; and to provide for a private remedy of mandamus against the Municipality to enforce provisions of the ordinance. Assemblymember Bauer.

ACTION: POSTPONED INDEFINITELY; IMMEDIATE RECONSIDERATION FAILED


Not only was it undermined by the Public Safety Committee's negative recommendation, but a few diversity groups like Bridge Builders cried about it, and Mayor Mark Begich himself heatedly denied on more than one occasion that Anchorage is a sanctuary city. The Anchorage Police Department, at a mere 368 sworn officers to police a municipality of 1,000+ square miles and a population of 280,000, also voiced concern about their logistical ability to enforce it properly.

However, when I look back at the Assembly Agenda page of the Assembly website, I found that the original plan was to continue the public hearing until May 2008, which implies that the indefinite postponement may be just a postponement, as advertised, although I'm skeptical.

Ordinance No. AO 2007-125, an ordinance of the Anchorage Municipal Assembly making certain findings related to illegal immigration and amending Anchorage Municipal Code Title 8 to establish a new Chapter 8.95, Local Enforcement and Anti-Sanctuary, to mandate a policy of full cooperation between the Municipality of Anchorage Law Enforcement and Federal Immigration Enforcement Agencies; to require immigration status verification of all persons detained for violations of state or municipal law; to prohibit restrictions on official communication by municipal officials and personnel with federal immigration authorities; to require negotiation of a cooperative agreement with the United States Department of Homeland Security; and to provide for a private remedy of mandamus against the Municipality to enforce provisions of the ordinance. Assemblymember Bauer.

CLERK’S NOTE: TO ALLOW TIME FOR FURTHER REVIEW AND TO ALLOW TIME FOR THE 2008-09 BUDGET DISCUSSION AND ACTION, THE CHAIR OF THE ASSEMBLY AND THE SPONSOR OF THIS ORDINANCE INTEND TO REQUEST THAT THE PUBLIC HEARING BE CONTINUED UNTIL THE FIRST REGULAR MEETING IN MAY, 2008.


There's a big food fight between Mayor Begich and the Assembly about the budget. Mayor Begich wants to spend the money while we still have it, using inflationary pressures to justify his requests. And of course, the Mayor is trying to scare the community into supporting him by telling lurid tales about possible "cuts in services" (God forbid those effete Hillsiders should lose their swimming pools, LOL!). In contrast, the Assembly, recognizing the financial threat caused by decreasing North Slope oil production, would like to spend our money more efficiently, restricting budget increases to essential services. So this budget fight muddies up the picture and gives the Assembly another excuse to duck the thorny issue of immigration.

The purpose of this ordinance was to solve a problem while it is still small and manageable. Assemblyman Bauer did not want us to replicate the example of other cities, who now find their immigration problems large and unmanageable. He also wanted to provide justification for OJJPAC to remove Anchorage from its list of sanctuary cities.

Here's the gist of a statement issued by Paul Bauer after the Assembly meeting:

(1). The eight Anchorage Assembly members voting to postpone indefinitely the ordinance 'Local-Enforcement-Anti-Sanctuary' is a slap in the face of law-abiding, legal citizens.

(2). Further, by publicly voting to not debate the issue, the Anchorage Assembly has essentially made Anchorage a sanctuary city. It's out in the public now.

(3). Anchorage Assembly put notice to the public on the agenda for a worksession and continued public hearing, and by postponing indefinitely, the Assembly denied the public to a public hearing.


Downtown Assemblyman Allan Tesche, one of the eight who voted for postponement, discusses his reasons on his Assembly blog. To his credit, he's relatively restrained; he's not exactly dancing the hora on the tabletop and swilling the Manischewitz.

Then, this morning (November 28th), the Anchorage Immigrant Rights Coalition issued this statement, saying they cautiously applaud the vote. Here's the gist of their statement:

“We are pleased with the decision to postpone the ordinance indefinitely and the assembly’s realization of how unnecessary and problematic this was. We hope that this chapter is now closed, but if this ordinance or similar laws are proposed, we will be ready and will not accept divisive policies that undermine our public safety” said Erick Cordero, spokesperson for the coalition and representative of the Hispanic Affairs Council of Alaska. “It was touching to see the tremendous amount of support that the coalition received from many agencies and members of the community at large.” added Daniel Esparza, one of the coalition coordinators and a local union leader.


I don't know what Cordero's been smoking, but the only "community support" for the Coalition's position has been from the political plutocracy, some business people who profit from low-wage OSHA-illiterate immigrant labor, and a few brainwashed diversity junkies. The mainstream Anchorage population sure as hell doesn't support the Coalition's position.

And the arrogance and hypocrisy of these Latino lobbies is absolutely insufferable. They talk about being "divisive" - the mere presence of their people in any American community is inherently divisive. If they would assimilate and become Americans, it would be different. But no, they stubbornly refuse to assimilate. Instead, they demand special services, and politicize and weaponize the Spanish language, demanding services in Spanish. Teaching their brats to speak English costs us untold millions nationwide each year and prevents our school districts from effectively meeting the needs of mainstream and gifted students alike.

Assimilation does NOT mean giving up one's indigenous culture or language. It simply means subordinating them to the demands of American nationality. That means we expect you to become American citizens. If you don't want to become American citizens and become Americans in spirit, get your asses out NOW, because we have no use for you. We Americans will no longer compromise on this issue - it's either the AMERICAN WAY or the HIGHWAY!

And don't be misled by our gutless, cowardly leaders - George W. Bush stopped speaking for Americans on September 12th when he seized upon the convenient excuse of 9-11 to transform this country into a multicultural dictatorship under the careful tutelage of the troglodytic Dick Cheney and his Semitic masters.

1 comment:

  1. Political Correctness, Multiculturalism, Marxists and Islam


    I have many times wondered about the symphysis between the Politically Correct, Multicultural left and Islam. After giving this issue some thought the only conclusion I can come too is that those useful idiots who roam the corridors of the insane asylums of Marxists ideology, Political Correctness and Multiculturalism are so myopic in their views that American Capitalism and Western values must be destroyed at any cost that they fail to see what will be the final result of their love affair with the savage barbaric ideology of Islam whom they have enlisted into their cadres.
    Do these self-righteous, sanctimonious, godless atheists think for a minute that when the supporters of the barbaric, pedophilic, psychopath Mohammad assume the reigns of power in the West that they, in any way, will tolerate with goodwill and share benevolently with them the totalitarian power they will wheeled? If they think that is going to happen I have a bridge I would like to sell them.
    Remember the plan, total destruction of the West and what ever alliance that is necessary to achieve that goal is acceptable. And after this has been accomplished just who do these congenital idiots think will come to their aid when the Islamist cut the throats of all those gay archivists, behead those atheists who fail to accept Allah as the numero uno dude and rape their women as punishment for not wearing the burka! It most certainly will not be the remaining indigenous populations of the West for they will be marching off into serfdom, dhimmitude and slavery.
    Ah yes, the liberal left, academic apologist, social engineers and the moral superiors who have smugly proclaimed their right to decide the destiny of the great unwashed masses will have dug their own graves. These buffoons whom we have ceded power to believe their own socio- political mandates to be so supreme that in their hubristic and narcissistic world nothing will “go wrong, go wrong”! As C.S. Lewis said: The tyranny of the self-righteous is the worst tyranny of all! My answer to these conceited traitors is: Pride goeth before the fall!
    Those Americans who do not wish to be assimilated into the cesspool that is Political Correctness and Multiculturalism must realize that it can only achieve its ends by hiding in the shadows while promoting its philosophy by deceit and subterfuge.
    Americans remember we are at war with the Islamism, the Marxists hordes from south of the border and the American left, to win this war you need to stand up, pay attention and defend your culture and civilization!
    Regards
    The Unbeliever

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