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Written by former INS Agent Michael Cutler
Before we consider the differences between elected officials and law enforcement officers, we must consider similarities. Elected officials, like law enforcement officers take oaths of office where they swear/affirm to
uphold the Constitution and enforce the laws dispassionately. Law enforcement officers are expected to adhere to their oaths of office and carry out their sworn duties with unswerving devotion.

Dereliction of duty is a serious offense for members of the armed forces and for law enforcement officers and one that carries significant adverse consequences that may include criminal prosecution. Consider the June 4, 2019 ABC News report, “ Police arrest ex-deputy who did absolutely
nothing to mitigate the Parkland school massacre.” We will not delve into the specifics of this ongoing criminal prosecution other than to make note
that the former deputy sheriff who is alleged to have failed to enter the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland last year to attempt to confront the shooter to end the massacre is now facing multiple criminal charges including several felonies.

In essence the prosecutor is holding that former deputy accountable for those deaths. Contrast this case with the way that politicians who promulgate “Sanctuary” policies for their jurisdictions with utter impunity, face no consequences, whatsoever, even when alien criminals are released from custody in spite of ICE detainers having been lodged and the alien in question subsequently commits a violent crime, even murder.

My recent commentary focused on one case in point- but this sort of malfeasance occurs with sickening regularity, on a daily basis in towns and cities across the United States. Malfeasance has been defined as the performance by a public official of an act that is legally unjustified, harmful, or contrary to law.

It would certainly appear that the promulgation of “Sanctuary” policies constitutes malfeasance.Furthermore, when the political leaders of a jurisdiction order law enforcement officers under their command to ignore immigration laws, they are inducing/coercing malfeasance by those law
enforcement officers.

My commentary, Sanctuary Policies Kill , included a link to a May 21, 2019 ICE press release, ICE seeks custody of teen murder suspects for a second time – Local jurisdiction failed to honor previous detainers which began with this excerpt:

BALTIMORE – Following the recent arrest of two unlawfully present teens suspected in the violent murder of a young girl in Maryland, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) officers in Baltimore are again seeking to take custody of the illegal aliens through the ICE detainer process following the Prince George’s County Detention Center’s (PGCDC) failure to cooperate. Josue Rafael Fuentes-Ponce and Joel Ernesto Escobar, both Salvadoran nationals, were previously arrested on May 11, 2018 when they were arrested by Prince George’s County Police Department (PGCPD) for attempted first-degree murder, attempted second-degree murder, participation in gang activity, conspiracy to commit murder,attempted robbery, and other related charges. ICE officers lodged a detainer with PGCDC, however both were released on an unknown date and time without notification to ICE.

On May 16, 2019, PGCPD arrested the same individuals and charged them with first-degree murder. These alleged members of MS-13 are accused of bludgeoning and stabbing a 14 year old girl to death to keep her from cooperating with the police. She was roughly the same age as some of
the children who were shot to death at the Parkland school massacre.
She is no less dead than are the victims of that school shooting in Florida and her life is no less valuable.

Had the officials of Prince George’s County honored the ICE detainer, that young girl would still be alive today. However, no politicians who obstruct the enforcement of our immigration laws by creating Sanctuary jurisdictions have been made to suffer any consequences, whatsoever. Talk about getting away with murder.

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