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Oregon Circuit Court Judge Stone: Promoting Lawlessness, Legally

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No doubt, Yamhill County (Oregon) Circuit Court Judge Ronald Stone meant well when he took it upon himself to sponsor seminars for graduating high school students, teaching them about adult life in the real world, centered on legal and financial matters.

No doubt much of the information is valuable to students, helping them prepare to lead successful lives.

However, one aspect of the judge’s teachings raises more than eyebrows—a handout published by the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA), titled “Know Your Rights: If ICE Visits Your Home, Your Work Place, or if ICE Stops You in Public.”

Curiously, the disclaimer at the bottom says:  “The contents of this document do not constitute legal advice.”  Yet the document is full of legal advice, beginning with:  “All people living in the United States, including undocumented immigrants, have certain U.S. Constitutional rights.  If you are undocumented and immigration (ICE) agents knock on your door, know that you have the following rights.“

While it is true illegal aliens enjoy due process and equal protection, three realities are pressing courts to revisit the issues surrounding undocumented persons and providing them all the rights of citizenship: massive increases in illegal immigration, escalating violent crime associated with those increases, and border security in the face of terrorists with access to weapons of mass destruction.  President Trump’s efforts to control illegal immigration—particularly from countries harboring terrorists—and his border security plans are driving new legal considerations courts will have to address soon.

Meanwhile, graduating high school students, who may be undocumented (illegal), are receiving legal advice, like the following, from Judge Stone and lawyers with AILA via the public school system.

If ICE agents knock on your door, stop you on the street, or come to your place of employment:

>You do not have to open the door, let them in, or answer questions.

>An ICE deportation warrant is not the same as a search warrant. If this is all they have, they can’t enter your house.

>You have the right to remain silent.  You do not have to answer questions.  (Ironically) If you choose to remain silent, say so out loud.

>You may refuse to show identity documents.

>You have a right to a lawyer pro bono.

We should all know our rights, and exercise them, as responsible citizens, people interested in upholding the rule of law.  We do all these things to insure mutual protection, and to hold law enforcement accountable.

However, isn’t it odd to have a judge teaching law breakers how to effectively break the law, when the law is in a chaotic state, at a time when such law breaking carries with it horrific consequences, for everyone?  Isn’t it strange seeing a judge teach students how to thwart the legitimate efforts of law enforcement?

Teaching graduates how to use the law in order to break the law isn’t exactly constructive civics instruction.  Indeed, such instruction undermines the very thing we should all instill: respect for the rule of law.  Imagine lawyers and judges actively working to undermine the rule of law! By promoting illegal immigration through legal and illegal channels providing sanctuary, we effectively reduce security, put citizens at risk, and erode sovereignty, all combining to increase conflict, and crime.

Why would we do such things if we want to achieve security, preserve sovereignty and thereby “secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity”?  (Preamble to the U.S. Constitution)

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