Accuracy in Media

Life is never dull living in the Peoples Republic of Montgomery County, MD as evidenced by a report in the Washington Post of a meeting with Police Chief J. Thomas Manger and members of the Latino community.

At the meeting Manger was challenged by state Del. Ana Sol Gutierrez (D) about his decision to ask officers to pick up immigration violators and turn them over to federal authorities.  The civil warrants have been added recently to the National Crime Information Center (NCIC) database run by the FBI and pop up when county officers run computer checks during routine stops.

For his part Manger wishes that the warrants weren’t in the database but at the same time he couldn’t ask his officers to ignore them altogether.  This has led to charges by some in the county that Manger is a member of the Minuteman Project, a group that supports border security.

Rushing to defend Manger was former County Council member Michael Subin who now heads the county’s Criminal Justice Commission who told those in attendance that “If you compare him to the Minutemen, you are calling him a racist and a fascist.”

There’s that R word again except the difference this time that it’s a Democrat making the accusation against another Democrat.  What is this world coming to?

Gutierrez, was big disingenuous though as she only identified herself originally as a “citizen and taxpayer” and not as a delegate with an agenda. 

Though Gutierrez didn’t get what she wanted in the meeting she wasn’t deterred as she and other Latino leaders met with County Executive Isiah Leggett (D) but failed to convince him that the police should ignore the warrants.

I’ll give Gutierrez credit for having the chutzpah to ask the police chief to ignore the law and not pick up immigration violators and when she was rebuffed to go above his head to press her case.  She should be ashamed of herself.  She is an elected lawmaker and she wants the police to help lawbreakers.  Incredible!

The fact that she couldn’t get fellow Democrat Leggett to along with this shows just how out of touch she is with reality on this issue.  This is the same man who authorized the building of a day-laborer center on county land after negotiations on other sites failed due to community protests. 

Even though Leggett is obviously sympathetic to illegal aliens he knows that there is no basis on which to order the police to ignore the law that they are sworn to uphold.

A Democrat actually making sense in Montgomery County, will miracles never cease?

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