2017-03-16 / Letters to the Editor

Let’s overturn council decision on sanctuary

To the editor:

“Therefore, be it resolved, that the town council of Jamestown, R.I., urges our state legislators to support House bill H-5515 (An Act Relating to Criminal Procedure: Immigration Detainees) and further urge our governor to sign it after its passage in the Rhode Island House and Senate.”

The premise of this entire bill is based upon the history of Roger Williams, who actually died 124 years before Delaware ratified the Constitution that created this nation of laws. Roger Williams was not an American immigrant; he was a British subject, a settler who fled Massachusetts and then established a British settlement named Providence.

The town councilors serve at the will of the citizens of Jamestown. At the town meeting on March 6, they agreed to allow Jamestown to become a sanctuary community for people who have violated our sovereign boundaries and immigration laws. I don’t know about you, but I vehemently oppose sanctuary for these transgressors.

This entire sanctuary fiasco was proposed by a group who apparently has little regard for this nation’s laws. I urge my fellow Jamestowners who oppose encumbering our law enforcement officers with this unlawful sanctuary ordinance to come to the March 20 meeting.

We are Jamestown. We must unite to let our voices be heard. We must take a stand for law and order in our community. South Carolina Congressman Trey Gowdy said it best: “Be careful what you do with the law today, because if you weaken it today, you weaken it forever.”

Thomas Bembenek
Green Lane

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