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Pick and choose the laws

If a crime is committed, in most instances it’s the local police force that’s notified. If it’s a federal crime, like kidnapping, federal law enforcement authorities are notified in a cooperative effort to solve the crime and in effect enforce the law.

Now we have ordinances and activists who claim that some laws are unconstitutional and have prohibited local police forces from cooperating with Border Patrol and current attempts to stop searches without warrants. Federal law allows them to do this within 100 miles of our borders. A similar law allows the U.S. Coast Guard to board and search without a warrant any vessel within 12 nautical miles of the coast, up to and including one parked in a marina.

Now sheriff’s departments are determining which laws are constitutional or not.

Although it is illegal for public employees (including teachers) to strike, in fact they do.

Our local activists and those around the country in sanctuary cities have opened the door on this one.

Is anyone surprised?

Mike Ryan

Nine Mile Falls

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