December 18, 2006
Outgoing Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney has signed an agreement that allows his state’s police troopers to detain illegal aliens they encounter over the course of their normal duties.
Under terms of the agreement, which was made by the Federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agency, an initial group of 30 troopers will receive five weeks of specialized training next year.
In a statement, Romney said, “the scope of our nation’s illegal immigration problem requires us to pursue and implement new solutions wherever possible. State troopers are highly trained professionals who are prepared to assist the federal government in apprehending immigration violators without disrupting their normal law enforcement routines.”
In many states, officials won’t allow their police to arrest illegal immigrants, claiming it is a federal problem. Romney properly sees it as a state and national problem. My view is that what Romney has ordered in Massachusetts should be the policy in every state. In an age of terrorism, killers must be stopped by whatever means necessary.
Cal Thomas is a nationally syndicated columnist based in Washington, D.C.