On March 1st, 2012, Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake (D) issued an executive order declaring the city of Baltimore to be a sanctuary city for illegal aliens. Her order declared:
“NOW, THEREFORE, I, Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, Mayor of the City of Baltimore, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Baltimore City Charter, do hereby promulgate the following EXECUTIVE ORDER for the CITY OF BALTIMORE:”
“2. No City funds, resources, or personnel shall be used to investigate, question, apprehend, or arrest an individual solely for an actual or suspected civil violation of federal immigration law unless required by federal or state law.”
“3. No City Department, agency, officer or employee shall condition the provision of City services or benefits on the immigration status of the individual seeking those services or benefits unless such conditions are lawfully imposed by federal or state law.”
“4. City of Baltimore Public Safety Agencies, subject to the authority of the Police Department and Police Commissioner provided for in the Maryland Public Local Law for Baltimore City, Subtitle 16, and their officials and employees shall not inquire about a person’s immigration status or contact Immigration and Customs Enforcement (“ICE”) for the purpose of initiating civil enforcement of immigration proceedings, unless required by federal or state law. It shall be the policy of these Agencies not to inquire about the immigration status of crime victims, witnesses, or others who call or approach the police or other city employees seeking assistance.”
Rawlings-Blake’s goal was to help Baltimore grow by the addition of 10,000 families, mostly illegals. Her executive order making the city a sanctuary city for illegals allowed Baltimore to join other cities that have made similar declarations. Other sanctuary cities in the US are: Cambridge; Chicago; Denver; Detroit; El Paso; Houston; Jersey City; Los Angeles; Miami; Minneapolis; New Haven; New York City; Oakland; Portland, Maine; Portland, Oregon; San Diego; San Francisco; San Jose; Salt Lake City; Santa Ana; Seattle; Somerville; Tulsa; and Washington, D.C.. Most of these cities were governed by Democrats at the time of their sanctuary declaration.
Now those cities are reaping the rewards of their actions, including Baltimore. According to Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents, Henry Estrella-Cordova, 31, entered the US illegally and took up residence in Baltimore where he was protected from deportation by Mayor Rawlings-Blake’s executive order. Estrella-Cordova has now been arrested and charged with the violent rape of a 9 year old girl in the city of Baltimore. I wonder what she would say to the parents of the little girl who has had her life shattered forever?
However, this incident is not an isolated case involving an illegal living a sanctuary city. In 2008, Edwin Ramos was charged with the murder of a father and his two sons. Ramos, was an illegal living in San Francisco where he was protected by their sanctuary status. Ramos was a gangbanger with felony records who had previously attempted to assault and rob a pregnant woman.
In 2008, gangbanger Pedro Espinoza, 19, was an illegal living in Los Angeles under their sanctuary status. Espinzona shot and killed 17 year old Jamiel Shaw. Shaw was a high school football star whose father was an Army sergeant serving in Iraq at the time of the shooting. Records showed that Espinoza had been a gang member since he was 12 years old and that the day before he shot Shaw, he was released from jail for serving time for an assault with a deadly weapon.
In all three of these cases and many others like them, the illegal who committed the acts of violence should have been deported years earlier because of their criminal records. Due to the fact that they lived in sanctuary cities, law enforcement was not allowed to make any inquiries into their immigration status which left them on the streets to commit more crimes. Had there been no sanctuary status, Jamiel Shaw would still be alive, the father and two sons would still be alive and that 9 year old Baltimore girl would not have been violently raped.
If you want my recommendation on where to live, try this:
In 2009, the Tennessee House passed a bill banning any cities from declaring themselves to be sanctuaries for illegal aliens.
In 2010, Arizona SB1070 made similar provisions to ban any community from providing sanctuary for illegals.
Texas has been working on similar legislation starting in 2010, but I don’t believe a ban on sanctuary cities has been made state law as of yet. It will be interesting to see what happens when they do as El Paso and Houston have both declared themselves to be sanctuary cities.
In 2007, some Republican members of the US House of Representatives tried to get a bill passed that would make illegal immigration a felony instead of a civil offense. Additionally, the bill would demand that 50% of the Homeland Security funding be withheld from any city with sanctuary status. That measure never passed, but I wish it would have. In my opinion, anyone entering our country illegally should be guilty of a felony and deported. I also believe that we should charge the countries of origin for all of the costs involved in arresting, detaining, and deporting their citizens back to them. Perhaps then those countries like Mexico might take stronger measures to protect their own borders and keep their strays from wandering where they don’t belong.