By Tom Tillison
By administrative fiat, Orange County Sheriff Jerry Demings has effectively rendered Orange County a sanctuary county.
As reported by WFTV, Demings has said he will not enter into an agreement with the Department of Homeland Security to enforce immigration laws in the county, with a spokesman saying they are not focused on the immigration status of residents — a de facto admission that Orange County deputies are expected to turn a blind eye to illegal immigrants.
With the tragic death of Kate Steinle by an illegal immigrant that San Fransico law enforcement refused to turn over to immigration officials still reverberating across the U.S., Orange County residents are being put at risk by Demings decision.
Will a family member of yours, or a friend or neighbor, be the next American citizen to lose their life to someone in this country illegally?
Demings’ decision is not all that surprising, given that he is a Democrat and the party is beholden to divisive identity politics. Pandering to voting blocs is all but a necessity for the party to survive, beginning with the ever growing Hispanic community — particularly here in Orange County.
But where does Mayor Teresa Jacobs stand on this issue? How about the other members of the Board of County Commissioners? I have sent each an email asking that very question and will share the outcome.
*Editor’s Note: Here’s the promised follow up:
I also encourage those concerned about the safety of their family and loved ones who don’t want to see Orange County become a magnet for illegal immigrants to do the same.
Here are the email addresses for the BCC:
Mayor Teresa Jacobs: Mayor@ocfl.net
District 1 Commissioner Betsy VanderLey: District1@ocfl.net
District 2 Commissioner Bryan Nelson: District2@ocfl.net
District 3 Commissioner Pete Clarke: District3@ocfl.net
District 4 Commissioner Jennifer Thompson: Jennifer.Thompson@ocfl.net
District 5 Commissioner Emily Bonilla: District5@ocfl.net
District 6 Commissioner Victoria P. Siplin: District6@ocfl.net