Michelle Malkin

This case is a textbook example of the continued failures of interior immigration enforcement. The San Jose Police Department, whose top officials are patting themselves on the back for the investigation, maintains an official policy of looking the other way at immigration law-breaking.

According to the San Jose Police Department's official policy manual, under section L7911 of the line and operations procedure, officers may not "initiate police action when the primary objective is directed towards discovering the alien status of a person." Translation: San Jose cops are effectively barred from asking whether illegal aliens are here illegally, and officers are prevented from proactively contacting federal immigration authorities if they suspect violations of immigration law.

This is the same idiotic sanctuary rule maintained in San Francisco, Los Angeles and New York City -- where the official hands-off policy by police recently resulted in the gang rape of a woman by homeless illegal aliens with long rap sheets. They were on the streets because they had never been reported by local cops to federal immigration authorities.

"Our department is very lenient" when it comes to illegal aliens, San Jose Police Department spokeswoman Unger told me. Indeed. San Jose is one of the police departments that refused to cooperate with the Justice Department's effort to interview thousands of illegal aliens from terror-friendly and terror-sponsoring nations in the wake of the Sept. 11 attacks.

"We don't do anything on immigration," Unger lamented. "It's not, you know, politically correct. It's frustrating. You would think that with all that's going on in the world . . . "

You would think.

Michelle Malkin

Michelle Malkin is the author of "Culture of Corruption: Obama and his Team of Tax Cheats, Crooks & Cronies" (Regnery 2010).

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