McElroy doesn't like for the law to be enforced
As Donna Locke is sometimes keen to point out, being involved in the movement to bring a halt to illegal immigration can be very taxing at times, primarily because of what people have been conditioned to believe about the movement. If you speak about illegal immigration being a problem, and you attempt to take actions to stop it, you are deemed by many people as a racist in today's political climate.
The press does not help matters when the Editor-in-Chief of East Tennessee's largest newspaper writes a column that declares of local attempts to enforce the law:
"None of this is good."
Jack McElroy refers to what he calls a "blatant disregard for civil rights" when dealing with illegal aliens. Pardon me, but people who are accused of already violating the law have the right to counsel for their defense and the right to remain silent, but they do not have the right to continue breaking the law. The Blount County landlord who evicted illegal aliens from his property and the Maury County Sheriff (who was trained by the feds to enforce immigration law) acted well within their rights as a citizen (a citizen!) and their duties as a law enforcement officer, respectively.
As Jack Lail has pointed out on a comment on this blog in recent weeks, I do have a passion for newspapers and newspapering. I am a firm believer in the freedom of the press and the right of newspapers to take an editorial line, even if it is a line that I strongly disagree with. (Indeed, I think papers like the Citizen-Tribune that take no public line, but run everyone else's editorials are completely gutless and usually worthless and aren't worth my time). The Knoxville News-Sentinel has as much right to take a line that is out of step with the majority of East Tennesseans as anyone else.
But it is out-of-step. Few people that I talk to on a daily basis believe the Blount County landlord or the Maury County Sheriff were in the wrong, mostly because it is agreed that not only is illegal immigration a problem, but people simply do not want other folks waltzing across our borders with no checks or restrictions on who is coming here. If the federal government will not do its duty to protect our country from breeches of its borders, we will act to enforce the laws locally.
That is not racism, nor is it a violation of civil rights. It is a simple policy that says that those who break the law by coming to this country illegally will not be harbored in East Tennessee. Those who go through the process and come here in the correct and legal fashion will not have a problem. Neither the KNS nor McElroy help the situation by stoking the fire even further by their insinuation that enforcing the law is bad.