Wednesday, June 20, 2007

Keeping Your Eye On The Ball

Patterico has been running a series of posts about crimes committed by illegal aliens - you know, the kind of people that the Senate doesn't want to see deported. This installment focuses on a illegal alien drunk driver who killed three people, include an infant and a pregnant woman. He had been arrested for DUI - three times. Three!

He hadn't been deported. Why? Because Houston police don't report or check on illegal alien status - they're a "sanctuary city". They don't want to ruffle any feathers in the immigrant community. So a city still reeling from the influx of Katrina criminals can also look forward to less enforcement of laws towards Hispanics.

This comes a couple of days after hearing about what the Houston police do consider important - citing drivers for being in violation of our stupid "obscured license plate" law, a law that the legislature has already stated is being interpreted overly-broadly by some, and which is already scheduled to be clarified in the fall.

But that doesn't bring in money.

So - now we see what the priorities are in Houston. Police used for a money grab, rather than protecting the public. I would condemn Houston for this - except my city of Austin probably wouldn't be any better.

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