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Brittany’s Beat: Salem's shame

Brittany Jennings
May 01, 2017 - 4:17 pm

Many people, myself included, believe Salem is going in the direction of a sanctuary city and that the city's Sanctuary for Peace Ordinance violates Federal immigration laws.

In my hometown, city councilors voted to pass a “Sanctuary for Peace” ordinance. This ordinance protects illegals from being asked about their immigration status by police or city officials unless they are involved in a crime. Salem residents, however, are taking a stand. Some have taken it into their own hands to get a petition signed to get the ordinance on the ballot so the residents of Salem can vote on it.

The big issue is that the city council refuses to allow citizens to decide Salem’s status. How could the liberal councilors not put this on the ballot with an issue as profound as a sanctuary city? This is about democracy. This ordinance will affect the people of Salem and they have the right to vote on it. This will seriously impact their safety, security, property values, schools and quality of life. It affects the entire community.

Salem residents need to get 3,572 signatures by May 3rd for this ordinance to be voted on in November. Former Salem City Councilor Steve Pinto and Mark Lovely have organized the petition drive. This drive is for a ballot question to repeal the ordinance. They are getting close to their goal and will be setting up tents over the weekend to gather more signatures. There will be a tent at the Salem Willows on Saturday, April 29th from 9 am to 6 pm. I will also be taking it to the streets this weekend with a childhood friend of mine to collect signatures by door knocking in my neighborhood. A lot of residents I’ve talked to didn’t know Salem is about to become a sanctuary city. This needs to change.

“We are a group of Salem residents, who feel that this should be brought to a vote by the people who live and vote in Salem,” Lovely rightly said. “It's not about race, hate or bigotry or anything else that some people can come up with. Let's call it what it is: A movement for all the people of Salem to have a voice.”

City Councilors Heather Famico, Bob McCarthy, David Eppley, Josh Turiel, Tom Furey, Beth Gerard, and Steve Dibble voted for the ordinance. They should be ashamed of themselves. Ultimately, this is an issue of the elites versus the people. The ordinance says 15 percent of residents were born outside of the United States. Hence, the majority is having its rights trampled on by an elite minority to benefit a demographic minority. Enough is enough. The measure is not just arrogant and anti-democratic. But it threatens to cost Salem precious federal dollars.

It’s undeniable the liberal city councilors don’t understand President Trump’s immigration policy or they don’t want to understand it. His policy is to deport illegals who have been convicted of murder and sexual assault. The Boston Globe reported that from 2008-2014, nearly 13,000 criminal aliens were released back into our communities. Trump said in a speech, “We want people to come into our country, but they have to come in legally and properly vetted, and in a manner that serves the national interest.”

What the Salem City Council is doing is dangerous. Look at Matthew Denice. He was killed by a drunken Ecuadorean illegal who ran him over with his truck and dragged him for a quarter-mile in Milford, Massachusetts. Look at Kate Steinle. She was gunned down in the sanctuary city of San Francisco by an illegal who had been deported five times. Look at Jamiel Shaw Jr. He was shot to death by an illegal in 2008. "Where's my son's sanctuary?" asked Shaw’s dad recently on Fox & Friends.

If a crime like this happens in Salem, these city councilors who voted for sanctuary status will have blood on their hands. And they will have to answer for what they have done.

-Brittany Jennings is Executive Producer of “The Kuhner Report” on WRKO AM-680.


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