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WashTimes Calls Out Local Illegal Alien Sanctuary Policies

Today’s WashTimes had an article on DC-area police department policies regarding illegal aliens.  They filed Freedom of Information Act requests with 25 police and sheriff’s departments in Northern Virginia, DC and Maryland.  Based upon the responses they received, they then scrutinized these policies against the Congressional Research Service’s definition of a sanctuary.

The Congressional Research Service (CRS), Congress’ nonpartisan research arm, defines a sanctuary city as one that “promotes policies that ensure [illegal] aliens … will not be turned over to federal authorities.”

These include “don’t ask, don’t tell” policies where localities do not require employees — including police officers — to report illegal aliens to federal immigration officials, according to the center.

. . .

Takoma Park is one of 32 localities — and the only one in the region — defined as a sanctuary city in a 2006 CRS report. However, police departments in many other nearby localities have similar policies in place.

Based upon this, it was determined that the following localities in Virginia qualify as “sanctuaries” under the CRS definition:

City of Alexandria, Arlington County, and Fairfax County

They join the District of Columbia and the Maryland localities of Greenbelt, Montgomery County, Prince George’s County, Rockville and Takoma Park.

Way to go, guys!  Hope that works out for you.  Why don’t you just go ahead and formalize things the way that Takoma Park has just so that everyone is clear on this, okay?

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