I hereby announce, “No liver will be served in this house.” So does this mean I can be labeled a “vegan,” “pescetarian,” “animal lover” or “animal hater?” No, it means if you’re coming to a potluck at my house, leave the pâté at the end of the driveway.
Was this a bold move? Maybe no one would bring pâté; so just consider it a warning that if you might, don’t. Maybe The City of Charlottesville and Albermarle County’s announcement that their police forces would not participate in Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) raids was also just a warning. I don’t know. I wasn’t part of the decision. I can’t read minds. Enter Jon Russell on July 14, 2019, with his article in the Star-Exponent, "Two communities, two immigration stances," and his labels of a “bold move,” “a political stunt designed to make headlines,” and evidence these communities are “de facto sanctuary communities.” Fact Check: there is no legal definition of a sanctuary community, and such continuous labeling until perceived as truth is a tactic straight out of Propaganda 101.
Last year Sheriff Jenkins signed a 287(g) agreement with ICE; one of two Virginia counties to do so. So far I haven’t seen massive reports of immigrant criminals running rampant in the other 93 counties. I also haven’t seen any hard data from Sheriff Jenkins. How many have been arrested? What were the charges? How many convictions? Deported? Monies received? Spent? Has 287(g) been effective in keeping our community safer, a deterrent in keeping criminals away, or has it merely stoked fear in our minorities and votes for our politicians?
You can count me among the compassionate and the committed to the rule of law, and Mr. Russell and Sheriff Jenkins are welcome to bring the facts to my house anytime. Just leave the propaganda at the end of the driveway.
Editor's Note: This originally appeared in the July 15th electronic edition of the Culpeper Star Exponent, and has been re-posted here with the author's permission.
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