Columbus, Ohio Passes Ordinance Prohibiting Police From Arresting Illegals For Being Illegal

Remember when Democrats argued in the wake of Arizona’s SB1070 immigration law that when it comes to immigration, all must follow federal law? Those were the days

(Breitbart) The city council of Columbus, Ohio, voted on Monday to make it against the law to arrest anyone based on their illegal immigration status. The city also doubled-down and made it illegal to deny someone services because they are an illegal alien. City officials deny that Columbus is a “sanctuary city.”

The Columbus Dispatch reported that the Columbus City Council voted to adopt an executive order issued by Mayor Andrew J. Ginther in early February.

That executive order reads

  1. It shall be policy of the City of Columbus to actively support, to the greatest extent practicable, the placement or settlement in this jurisdiction of aliens eligible to be admitted to the United States as refugees. City staff are hereby authorized and directed to cooperate to the greatest extent practicable with federal and state officials in such placement or settlement.
  2. No city department or employee may use city moneys, equipment, or personnel for the sole purpose of detecting or apprehending persons based on suspected immigration status, unless in response to a court order. In furtherance of this policy, no city office or employee shall request information about or otherwise investigate or assist in the investigation of a person’s immigration status unless a warrant exists, a criminal violation was reported, or an arrest was made.
  3. No city department or employee shall deny equal access to city services based on immigration status unless required by law or court order. Such denial of access shall include, but shall not be limited to, soliciting immigration status in any application for city services; predicating the provision of services on the immigration status of any person; or delaying the provision of services based solely on immigration status.
  4. It shall be the policy of the City of Columbus to vigorously oppose any effort to require the use of local taxpayer resources for the enforcement of federal immigration policy.”

Notice in number two, they will cooperate only with a court order. You can bet they won’t cooperate with ICE detainers. But, hey, don’t say they’re a sanctuary city

Although the policy prevents the City or employees from using any city property for detecting or apprehending those illegally in the country, or “the use of local taxpayer resources for the enforcement of federal immigration policy,” city officials do not declare Columbus a “sanctuary city,” reported the Dispatch. “[T]hey don’t want the city a target for President Donald Trump, who has threatened federal funding for cities that adopt the label,” the article written Monday afternoon about the ordinance and city officials reported.

Whether or not they declare it, they are a sanctuary jurisdiction, a place that requires law enforcement and the justice system to ignore people who are unlawfully present in the United States in contradiction to federal law.

Seriously, questioning people is always a bad idea, you know?

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6 Responses to “Columbus, Ohio Passes Ordinance Prohibiting Police From Arresting Illegals For Being Illegal”

  1. Jeffery says:

    Nice conflation. Columbus is not stopping the Los Federales from tracking down Mexicans like the Nazis tracked down Jews, Columbus is refusing to use local resources to support the federal function, except under a court order or legitimate warrant. Sounds very conservative to us.

    Remember when Republicans argued for local control? Good times.

    Many cities and states are “sanctuary cities” regarding illicit drug use in direct violation of federal law. Illicit drug use is a bigger problem than undocumented immigrants, so why the brouhaha over local control regarding immigrants? 60,000 Americans who died last year from drug overdoses were unavailable for comment.

    • david7134 says:

      Tracking down Mexicans like Jews? That is one of the stupidest of your comments, congratulations. Columbus is refusing to use resources, like a phone call?? Comparison to the drug crisis is good. Both were engineered by liberals. Drugs used to be available for purchase across the counter, the liberals would not have that so they instituted control as they thought it would stop addiction (for which there is no concept except physiologic, which is easily overcome–I have treated it so don’t refer me to web site or give your limited opinion). The illegal alien crisis was brought about by liberals not carrying out the law. Now, get rid of the restrictions on drugs and make them over the counter once again and you will see drug abuse go down and people may be able to treat themselves and not be totally dependent on doctors and the expensive medical industry. Enforce the immigration laws and people will not be concerned about being over run by outlaws and will free up jobs that American might want. Develop a formal program for migrant workers to help farmers. All of which liberals don’t want.

  2. bob sykes says:

    Columbus is a black-controlled city and has one of the largest Somali colonies in the country. While the surrounding counties are booming, Columbus itself is stagnating. Detroit is a possible endpoint down the line.

  3. david7134 says:

    Oh, this is the only country with excessive issues with drugs and that has to do with our stupid drug laws. Visit Europe and other areas and you will find you can buy any thing you want and much less issue. Portugal recent did this and their drug problem has markedly improved. But liberals don’t like this as they lose control.

  4. Jl says:

    “Tracking down Mexicans like the Nazis tracked down Jews…”. Drama Queen Alert by our boy J. We’re those Jews in Germany and Poland, ect., illegally?

  5. Jeffery says:

    We’re (sic) those Jews in Germany and Poland, ect (sic)., illegally?

    According to the Nazis they were. How blind are you?

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