Dear illegal immigrant: feel free to steal goods and services to your hearts’ content. You will not be charged with a crime. The reason? Because the federal government expects us to obey the law and we would rather give you a free pass on those, and any other non-violent crimes, than to do so.
Does the above paragraph make sense to you? I’m assuming the answer is “no”.
Does it look like a bad joke of some kind? I’m assuming the answer to that is “no” as well. But it isn’t. It is a proposed POLICY in Baltimore, Maryland.
I swear this is true. Here, read it for yourself, via the following excerpts from Will Racke’s article for dailycaller.com:
The Baltimore State’s Attorney’s Office wants prosecutors to reconsider charging illegal immigrants with non-violent crimes if they believe doing so will trigger “collateral consequences” that lead to deportation.
Chief Deputy State’s Attorney Michael Schatzow told his staff that tough immigration enforcement policies under the Trump administration increase the likelihood that federal authorities will target illegal immigrants convicted of minor offenses.
The Justice Department’s deportation efforts “have increased the potential collateral consequences to certain immigrants of minor, non-violent criminal conduct,” Schatzow wrote in a memo obtained Thursday by the Baltimore Sun.
“In considering the appropriate disposition of a minor, non-violent criminal case, please be certain to consider those potential consequences to the victim, witnesses, and the defendant,” he added.
Did I exaggerate in any way?
This, literally, is a proposed free pass for criminality bestowed upon a group of people, with the rationale for putting them above the law being that they are here illegally.
If you can figure out a way it gets more nuts than that, do let me know.