As the immigration debate in Texas has been tentatively decided by federal appeals court, a Governor in Maine is drawing the ire of illegal alien proponents across the country. Governor Paul LePage said yesterday that he may remove a couple sheriff’s for lack of cooperation with federal immigration officials.
On the Laura Ingraham show, LePage was referring to a “couple of sheriffs who say they’re not going to work” with Federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents.
“So, there’s likelihood that you’re going to be hearing some stories about some sheriffs being removed from their duties,” LePage said.
The move comes in the wake of Cumberland County Sheriff Kevin Joyce’s letter to ICE this month. He wrote that he would no longer hold illegal aliens in jail past the date of their release. He says that he wants to protect the citizen taxpayers from a wrongful imprisonment lawsuit, but conveniently avoided mentioning the danger of violent crimes that may be committed by an illegal alien who was released.
The democrat sheriff derided the governor saying, “maybe he doesn’t have all the facts.” Joyce said the policy to let illegals go free without a specific warrant was checked out by the county’s lawyers. They say, like others, that illegal aliens have constitutional protections.
However, that argument is debatable, especially with the new members of the supreme court now in place. Decisions over the last two decades have provided a modicum of rights to anyone in the world under the United States constitution. Basically, if someone comes here, liberals have made it possible for them to receive some basic benefits.
It was determined, in part, by Texas. The Supreme court ruled that illegals had to attend public school, even though they are not citizens. Of course, everyone knows how that has turned out. America now has an entire activist group who demand citizenship without having earned it legally.
The issue in Maine could be repeated throughout the U.S. Sheriffs are generally elected in each county. A number of conservatives put it like this: Sheriffs are generally on the side of the citizen, but police are federal officers and take orders from the government.
What LePage is proposing might remove that citizen protection in another state, if adopted. While in theory, this seems like a good plan, in reality, in the wrong hands it could favor the leftist agenda. For example, what if a sheriff decided that it was wrong for the federal government to enact some new seizure policy or law? That elected representative could be ousted for trying to protect his county.
Maine state law already allows the governor to remove sheriffs who don’t comply with federal law, so a new precedent wouldn’t be established. If complaints from the county commission are filed, the governor has the right to remove the sheriff after a hearing.
Here, it would be a win-win. Liberal interpretations of the law concerning illegal aliens would be halted, and the state would be safer without criminals on the streets.
LePage is actually trying to combat the incessant push toward globalism. During the Obama administration, he announced that Maine would no longer participate in the “refugee resettlement” program, and now the state is no longer accepting them.
He also said that the state has requested that ICE “investigate a few organizations.” The executive order will ensure that sheriffs do cooperate with federal officials and LePage’s comments seem directed at Joyce, although he did not name him specifically.
Cumberland County officials referred to the governors remarks by defending their sheriff. However, that is not stopping LePage. Press Secretary Julie D. Rabinowitz wrote in an email, “the safety and security of the children, families, and citizens of the State of Maine is the Governor’s first responsibility. As a state established under the authority of the Constitution of the United States of America and of the State of Maine, the State must do its duty and work cooperatively at the federal, state and local level to enforce the laws that maintain our nation’s sovereignty and keep us safe.”
The governor also has said that he will not give terrorists the chance to “settle in Maine.” He was referring to the two 9/11 attackers who flew from Canada to Maine and Adnan Fazeli. As the governor of a border state, he intends to keep citizens safe.
“We’ve had our problems,” LePage said. “We’re a border state and unfortunately, some do come in from Canada and that’s been a problem. Some come by boat. We have 3,600 miles of coastline. It is a problem.”
Liberals are going nuts over the comments, so the move is obviously a good one that will protect the nation from criminals and terrorists.