The miserable hack that runs the Justice Department gets some cover.
Arizona's new crackdown on illegal immigration will increase crime in U.S. cities, not reduce it, by driving a wedge between police and immigrant communities, police chiefs from several of the state's and the nation's largest cities said Wednesday.
Arizona's law will intimidate crime victims and witnesses who are illegal immigrants and divert police from investigating more serious crimes, chiefs from Los Angeles, Houston and Philadelphia said before meeting with Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. to discuss the measure. Counterparts from Phoenix, Tucson, San Jose and Montgomery County, among others, joined them.
"This is not a law that increases public safety. This is a bill that makes it much harder for us to do our jobs," Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck said. "Crime will go up if this becomes law in Arizona or in any other state."
A very political animal, big city police chiefs are. Besides, are we to believe that illegal immigrants cooperated with the police in the first place? And what part of Phoenix is now the kidnapping capital of America and Arizona is a narco-violence/drug-running corridor do not these nit-wits understand?
Memo to big city police chiefs: Depending upon your jurisdiction, you may already have laws similar to that of Arizona and California where cooperation between local, state and federal officials with respect to illegal immigrants is codified. If you are not interested in enforcing the law, find another line of work.
Addendum #1: Forget illegal immigrants. Those tea party types are a dangerous lot. KT has the details on what the police are doing to curb their unruly ways, here.
The vibe we're getting here is that crimes are not actually committed if no one is interested in enforcing the law.