By Paul Daquilante • Staff Writer • 

Dayton man convicted, may be deported

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May be deported? I'm amazed that it could happen in Oregon.


What, no outrage?

Why wasn't Mr. Romero offered sanctuary? Weren't Mr. Romero's rights violated when law enforcement queried his citizenship or legal residence status? Why should local law enforcement cooperate with ICE in this case and not others? Why no outcry of bigotry, hatred or racism? Other than his attorney, who's advocating for poor Mr. Romero?

Oh, wait. That pesky victim. Difficult to condemn law enforcement and call names when a child's been harmed. Mr. Romero should've stuck with crimes like DUII, burglary, robbery, identity theft, narcotics distribution, fraud, simple assault, public intoxication, stuff like that. It's so hard to frame a child sex abuser as a victim.

For the record, I recognize the hopeless circumstances and desperate need that motivate non-U.S.-born people to want to come to this country. Further, I support some form of amnesty for many of the undocumented immigrants who are here already. But I strongly denounce the absurd perspective that brands our law enforcement officials as bad guys for doing their jobs. If we're not going to permit law enforcement to enforce laws, we need to call them something else.

As to the immigration issue at large, I fully understand the need for humane and compassionate solutions. But benevolence should be tempered by accountability and order. Maybe both sides need to step back and reexamine their absolutes.

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