It is crazy that we live in a country where sheriffs have to ignore executive orders from the governor to uphold the law, but in New York, that’s exactly what one man had to do.
Erie County Sheriff Tim Howard issued a directive last week telling law enforcement officers to continue asking for immigration status during traffic stops, arrests, and domestic incidents. He did this just hours after governor Chris Cuomo had issued an executive order banning state agencies and police from doing this.
“Our officers have sworn a solemn oath to uphold the law,” Sheriff Howard said in a statement, according to a local NBC affiliate. “Today, I have instructed my Deputies to continue enforcing the law, irrespective of Governor Cuomo’s executive order.”
Howard maintains that the legal standard he will uphold will be that of the federal government’s laws on immigration.
“There is no duty more important than protecting our citizens and upholding the rule of law,” he said. “As Sheriff, part of my job is enforcing our constitution and the law, regardless of what cheap political points Albany politicians are looking to score.”
Howard is up for reelection in November, and Cuomo is up for re-election in 2018, with talk of him running for president in 2020 as well.
What Howard is doing is very similar to what Sheriff Arpaio, who President Trump recently pardoned, was doing in Maricopa County, Arizona. When a 9th Circuit ruling prevented him from discrimination based on ethnicity, which would have hindered his deputies’ abilities to apprehend illegal immigrants, he ignored it.
It is not a right to illegally immigrate to or live in the United States. Each year, thousands of people compete to enter the legally, while millions live her undocumented and allowed to fly under the radar by so many Democrat-run cities and states.
California is even considering becoming a sanctuary state, despite the various issues the state struggles with due to their massive number of illegal immigrants.
It speaks to the mentality of so many Americans that the simple rule of law is being systematically undermined by Democratic politicians all in the name of sob stories and feelings.
This is the ultimate false religion of virtue signaling and white guilt, which is being used to make an enemy of our police officers and the constitution they vow to uphold.
Everyone who practices sin also practices lawlessness; and sin is lawlessness.
(1 John 3:4)
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