Politics

Maria Cantwell – Sanctuary Senator?

“But what is even more mind-twisting is a U.S. senator overtly aiding a person illegally in the country by having this person sit next to her in our nation’s capitol at such an important event.”

As a retired Law Enforcement officer, everything I view filters through a blue lens. So, I wince when I see people I’m supposed to respect, flaunting a disrespect for the law. United States senators should be among those deserving of respect. But how can you respect a senator who uses her one invitation to the State of the Union speech to invite an illegal alien as her guest? Ironically, her guest who is openly breaking U.S. laws the U.S. Congress has passed, will sit among U.S. congress members.

Is Senator Maria Cantwell (D-WA) starting a Sanctuary Senator movement?

And this guest is not even an illegal immigrant with a legitimately sympathetic story such as a DACA beneficiary or Dreamer. No, Senator Cantwell invited Maru Mora-Villapando. Ms. Villapando occupies her time protesting the deportation of illegal aliens—all of them. Oh, and she’s illegally in the U.S., too.

According to KOMONEWS.com, Villapando believes ICE is targeting her and her family because of her political views. Interesting hypothesis. How about all those illegals on whose behalf she protests? Are they also being deported because of their political views?

“I found Cantwell to be friendly, kind, thoughtful, and intelligent. Which leaves me all the more disappointed by this U.S. senator’s disregard for the rule of law”

Federal law enforcement is “targeting” her and her family because they have broken federal law. It’s their job. If she doesn’t like it, then she could get her new senator friend to work to change the law—you know, legally.

If you’re wondering about her political views, according to John Carlson of KVI radio, they include opposing all deportations, even of those who have committed crimes while illegally in America. Radicalism defines Villapando. She also believes that illegal immigration is a “human rights” issue and, not surprisingly, conflates illegal and legal immigration as equal.

Senator Cantwell’s position boggles the logical mind—especially of a law enforcer. But what is even more mind-twisting is a U.S. senator overtly aiding a person illegally in the country by having this person sit next to her in our nation’s capitol at such an important event. To raise the stakes, Villapando is now also under court-order to appear for her own deportation hearing.

If the senator, a politician who generally thinks every decision through, extends this special invitation to such a radical person, you have to assume she approves of not only Villapando’s political stances but also of her lawbreaking.

I met Senator Cantwell, who began her political career locally, many years ago, at an annual firefighter dinner for my wife’s fire department. I found Cantwell to be friendly, kind, thoughtful, and intelligent. Which leaves me all the more disappointed by this U.S. senator’s disregard for the rule of law.

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Steve Pomper

Steve Pomper is an OpsLens contributor, a retired Seattle police officer, and the author of four non-fiction books, including De-Policing America: A Street Cop’s View of the Anti-Police State. You can read a review of this new book in Front Page Magazine and listen to an interview with Steve on the Joe Pags Show. Steve was a field-training officer, on the East Precinct Community Police Team, and served his entire career on the streets. He has a BA in English Language and Literature. He enjoys spending time with his kids and grand-kids. He loves to ride his Harley, hike, and cycle with his wife, Jody, a retired firefighter. You can find out more about Steve and send him comments and questions at www.stevepomper.com.

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