Chris Moews Lashes Out at Talk Radio -- I Answer Him
Well that touched a nerve.
But this is anything but clear. Moews pointedly does not deny the claim from Voces that he would refuse to cooperate on ICE holds and fails to answer obvious questions about what he would do as sheriff.Let's be clear, I have the same position as the Milwaukee Police Department on immigration. First of all, if someone commits a crime, whether violent or not, from assault to murder, from burglary to car theft, we should do everything we can to hold them accountable. If someone is undocumented and commits a crime, after they serve their sentence in Wisconsin, they should be deported.However, I don’t think we should be doing the federal government’s job for them, especially under this broken immigration system. It has a real impact on solving crimes and helping victims if undocumented persons refuse to cooperate with police because they think we’re just an extension of ICE. When it comes to witnesses and victims, I don’t think we should be worrying about their immigration status unless it has a direct bearing on the case. For example, an undocumented person on the street shouldn’t worry about cooperating if they witness a mugging. We want victims of robberies and domestic abuse to speak up to stop offenders. Witnesses and victims should feel able to help police, and not worry that local cops are doing the job of federal agents.
As of this morning, I received no response, but check back later once Moews has had a chance to run this by his handlers.Dear Mr. Moews:Thank you for your letter. it was quite revealing, although not really illuminating. You also challenge us to "accurately portray" you position. But in order to do so, you need to answer several questions:1. You suggest that some hosts (including me) have been lying about your position. Could you please document a statement I have made that you believe to be a" lie." Please be specific.2. According to Voces, "Lt. Moews has vowed to join hundreds of other cities across the country if elected, and refuse to cooperate with federal immigration officials on ICE holds that jail undocumented people senselessly and arbitrarily."Is this true? Yes or no.3. Will you abide by the agreement called 287G in whole, or only in part. Please be specific what information you would decline to share with ICE.4. Would you honor ICE holds or detainers? In what cases would you refuse all, or merely some? Specifically what current [practices would you change or discontinue?5. Would you allow ICE access to the sheriff's arrest booking log. Please answer yes or no.6. When did you tell Voces that you had "vowed" to "refuse to cooperate" with federal IC officials?7. Have you made this promise in any public forum? Or in any media interview? Or was your vow to ignore federal law a private pledge to the activist group? Please provide documentation.I look forward to your prompt reply as I intend to address this on Thursday's program.