By Wayne Allyn Root
My hometown of Las Vegas is the tourist capital of America the convention capital of America, and the fastest growing city in America. We are the crossroads of America and American thought.
What happens in Vegas effects everyone.
If you listen daily to my national radio show, or my national TV show, you’ll hear a clear pattern- I love cops. I may be the most pro-police media personality in America. I end each show with a prayer for the safety of police officers across America.
Thank God for the brave heroes of “The Thin Blue Line.”
Having said that, I am angry and outraged at Las Vegas’ top cop, Sheriff Joe Lombardo. If a gung-ho, pro-police guy like me is angry at Sheriff Joe, it’s probably a good idea he listens carefully. I’ve heard from thousands of my fans. Las Vegas’ Republican voters are all fighting mad.
Say it aint so, Sheriff Joe. It sure looks like Sheriff Joe, with one bad decision, has single-handedly turned Las Vegas into a Sanctuary city.
I’m betting Sheriff Joe will deny that’s what happened. But ask his own officers. I did. They agree with me.
I’ve spoken to not only Vegas cops, but several of Sheriff Joe’s top cops (captains and Lieutenants). They all agreed this ruling, to no longer turn illegal alien criminals over to ICE, has indeed turned Las Vegas into a Sanctuary city. They are certain crime will skyrocket. They report Sheriff Joe’s own police force overwhelmingly and vehemently disagrees with this decision.
I’m certain Sheriff Joe will say, “My hands were tied. I had no choice because of a federal judge’s ruling in California.”
I always liked Sheriff Joe. I’m going to give him benefit of the doubt. I’ll assume he’s gotten bad advice- no doubt from some liberal, bleeding-heart, open borders Vegas lawyer. But trust me Sheriff Joe, you’ve got to reverse this terrible decision.
In the past few days I’ve had two Constitutional law experts on my national radio show. Attorney number one was Jennifer Braceras, Director of the Independent Women’s Law Center, expert on civil rights and Constitutional law, graduate of Harvard Law School.
Attorney number two was Andrew Arthur, former immigration Judge and Resident Fellow in Law and Policy with the Center for Immigration Studies in Washington DC.
Here are their takeaways. Both agreed Sheriff Joe was either wrong, or relied on very bad advice. They both agreed this California ruling by an extreme liberal Obama judge does not apply to police, only to a specific ICE database, and more specifically, only to ICE in California. They both agreed ICE detainers in Las Vegas are still perfectly legal when used to take criminals off the streets.
And the case Sheriff Joe cites is going through litigation. They are both certain it will be overturned. Sheriff Joe had no reason to comply until a final decision by the US Supreme Court.
One more important thing for Sheriff Joe to hear. In the two months since Montgomery County, Maryland put in place a similar Sanctuary policy, nine illegal aliens have been charged with rape and sexual assault. The public was enraged. The police were enraged. The decision was just reversed. The anti-ICE Sanctuary policy was rolled back- even in liberal, deep blue Maryland.
Las Vegas is a very special place. It was only a few short years ago we had a population of 300,000. Now Vegas tops two million. Last year alone about 150,000 new Americans moved to Las Vegas. Over 40 million tourists visit each year. We have a lot to protect. And a lot to lose. This ruling cannot stand.
Sheriff Joe, please reverse your decision. If liberal Maryland can reverse it, so can you.
As for the rest of America, just remember, you are next. Because what happens in Vegas, is going to ruin America.
Source: Wayne Allyn Root
Wayne Allyn Root is a CEO, entrepreneur, best-selling author, nationally-syndicated talk show host on USA Radio Network and the host of “The Wayne Allyn Root Show” on Newsmax TV nightly at 8 PM ET. To find out more about Wayne Allyn Root and read features by other Creators Syndicate writers and cartoonists, visit the Creators Syndicate website at www.creators.com.
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