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A Citizen’s Response to Councilmember Navarro’s Outrage

On January 25, 2017, the following information was released in an official press release on Councilmember Nancy Navarro website. The release expressed outrage about the executive orders President Trump signed today on immigration that could eviscerate U.S. immigration policies, expand deportations and impact funding for local communities. In addition, Councilmember Navarro reiterated the County’s support for all of its residents.

It read, “I am outraged that President Trump has chosen to single-handedly obliterate protections for many of our residents who are working hard for a better life in our County and in counties and cities across America,” said Councilmember Navarro, who is the first Latina to serve as a Councilmember in Montgomery County. “This type of punitive action has set the tone for the Trump presidency, and it is an affront to our way of life in Montgomery County. His rhetoric has become reality, and we have to stand up for all of our residents.”

Madam Councilwoman, I respectfully request that you not stand up for me on this issue. You do not represent all of the residents of Montgomery County and it is highly presumptuous of you to think you do.

Let me be clear; I am not a racist, Islamophobic, anti-immigration or anti-Semitic (in fact I am a Jew). I am, first and foremost, an American citizen, a veteran of 23 years of military service marked by two combat tours of duty and retired from the United States Army, a successful corporate executive post military; as well as a parent and a grandparent. I have lived, worked and played in Montgomery County for well over 25 years seeing it slowly transform from a community that was balanced and fair in its dealings, actions and activities on behalf of County citizens to what it has now morphed into… a County beset by a heavy handed, progressive agenda without regard or consideration for what others in the County might think or feel about that progressive agenda.

Your outrage reflects your willingness to violate federal law and this should be a concern to all law abiding citizens of Montgomery County. I am sure that you will recall your 9th grade civics class on the Constitution and a thing called the “Supremacy Clause” which is Article VI, Clause 2, which says:

“This constitution, and the laws of the United States which shall be made in pursuance thereof; and all treaties made, or which shall be made, under the authority of the United States shall be the supreme law of the land; and the judges in every state shall be bound thereby, any thing in the constitution or laws of any state to the contrary notwithstanding.”

The Supremacy Clause is a constitutional provision announcing the supremacy of federal law, the Supremacy Clause assumes the underlying priority of federal authority, at least when that authority is expressed in the Constitution itself. No matter what the federal government or the states might wish to do, they have to stay within the boundaries of the Constitution. This makes the Supremacy Clause the cornerstone of the whole American political structure.

As much as you would like to have the executive orders of the previous administration remain in force, I regret to inform you that the time for that has now passed. The President of the United States has issued new orders and you are obligated as are the rest of us to comply with those orders and regulations. Not to do so, I believe, is a crime.

The President has, among other actions, revived programs that allow the federal government to work with local and state law enforcement agencies to arrest and detain unauthorized immigrants with criminal records and to share information to help track and deport them. This I believe to be the most important of these orders. No one is advocating for the forcible removal of anyone who is a law-abiding resident of the county. Determinations on status and eligibility to be in the United Sates are issues that are yet to be decided. But, on the issue of those who are here without the proper documentation and commit a crime; that decision is clear and now unequivocal. They must be detained, turned over to the Federal authorities and returned to their country of origin.

You have raised my taxes significantly to support illegal immigrants in the County schools. You slow the pace of learning for all who attend school so that those for whom English is not their first language can keep up, this affects my grandchildren’s development and the pace at which they can be taught in the schools that I subsidize.

We would all be better off if your “outrage” were channeled into efforts to ensure that the residents of this County can continue to live, work and play with an assurance that you, as an elected official who works for the people, have made this a safe and secure environment for all.

Marc A. King


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