Sacramento County, CA Sheriff Scott Jones is taking to social media to deliver a message to President Obama about securing America’s borders, telling the president that “deferred action or amnesty is deferring this crisis. It is not reform, it’s simply giving up.”
In a YouTube video posted yesterday on the official Sacramento Sheriff account, Jones addresses President Obama, saying that he recently buried one of his deputies following the deadly shooting of two Northern California law enforcement officials.
The man accused in the killings, Marcelo Marquez, is an illegal immigrant who had previously been deported a number of times.
“I understand the integral role that the undocumented population plays in our national and state economies,” Jones says.
“The problem I have is I can’t tell which ones are good and which ones are evil, and neither can you. By their very definition they are undocumented.”
“Untracked, untraced and unaccounted for – there is no way to know which of the 12 million undocumented persons in this country are good or bad. Don’t you think there should be some way of knowing, or at least some way to track them?” he asked.
“This is not about racism – it is about an increasingly violent and uncertain world in which we are inadequately protected,” Jones continues.
“Mr. President, my request to you today can simply be stated: make immigration reform a priority. I do not care which reform you choose. Pathway to citizenship, guest work program, or any of the other innovative programs that currently exist.”
“But deferred action or amnesty is deferring this crisis. It is not reform, it’s simply giving up. It does nothing to make America or the undocumented population any safer.”
Jones continues: “For any facet of immigration reform to work our borders must be secure. So what possible reason could there be for not starting on this immediately?” he asked.
“An American patriot, Ronald Reagan, once told Russian President Mikhail Gorbachev to ‘tear down this wall,’ to preserve democracy and secure safety and freedom for a nation,” Jones said.
“Mr. President, I’m asking you to build up that wall for the very same reasons.”
It’s easy to understand the sheriff’s reasoning and appreciate the position he’s dealing from, but I say take it back a step further, and rather than reform first, how about we abide by the laws we have in place while we figure out the best way to reform? And how about we involve Congress while doing it so that we abide by the Constitution at the same time? What a refreshing change that would be.
Meanwhile, O is set to
announce his amnesty plan put forth his EO edict on amnesty tonight. Somehow, I don’t think he heard the sheriff….or the other 300 million Americans.