Federal prosecutors in New York have indicted 13 alleged members of the notorious MS-13 street gang on charges that include murder and racketeering in what may be an embarrassing case because the charges came just days after Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Attorney General Eric Schneiderman huffed to reporters that they would fight Trump administration immigration enforcement.
They were not alone. Officials in California and Washington state have engaged in similar political chest-thumping.
According to the Associated Press, 10 of the 13 people indicted are in this country illegally. They are citizens of Honduras or El Salvador.
NBC News reported that the allegations cover seven “gruesome slayings” including the murders of two Brentwood High School students last September. A third teen and former classmate of the two high schoolers was also among the dead. His body had been left at an abandoned state psychiatric hospital, according to the Associated Press report.
But in a report by the Journal News, Cuomo and Schneiderman have “vowed…to fight federal attempts to crack down on illegal immigration and overhaul health-care laws.”
“The Democratic leaders blasted President Trump’s plans to toughen immigration enforcement and repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, known as Obamacare,” the newspaper said.
Since President Donald Trump announced new policies on immigration and deportation, opponents have been outspoken about fighting back. Washington Gov. Jay Inslee went so far as to essentially declare the entire Evergreen State as a “sanctuary.”
As Townhall noted:
“In an executive order signed on Thursday, Gov. Jay Inslee (D) prohibited any state agency from detaining an illegal immigrant at the request of federal officials. It also prohibits the use of state resources for the creation of a database or registry for people of a particular religion. The state will, however, continue to honor federal arrest warrants.”
But the New York criminal roundup announced Thursday raises a serious issue. Should politicians be putting political interests ahead of public safety? That’s the proverbial “long and short” of it.
That’s a question Cuomo, Schneiderman, Inslee and like-minded officials must answer.
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