- The Washington Times - Saturday, July 28, 2007

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

Noble:Jake, the September 11 and Hurricane Katrina rescue dog who died this week of cancer. Knave: New Haven, Conn. Mayor John DeStefano, who launched a program to give ID cards to illegal aliens in his city.

Mary Flood adopted the black Labrador retriever who had been abandoned with a broken leg and dislocated hip when he was only 10 months old. The rescuee quickly became the rescuer: Mrs. Flood trained Jake as a federal search-and-rescue dog, which meant he was on-call 24 hours a day in case of emergency. Such it was on September 11, when Jake searched through rubble for survivors in the fallen World Trade Center. It was also the case after Hurricane Katrina, when Mrs. Flood drove the pair from Utah to Mississippi to search through flooded homes for signs of life.

The 12-year-old dog was put to sleep on Wednesday after a battle with cancer. There has been speculation that Jake’s cancer was caused by the toxic air he breathed at the World Trade Center site. For saving lives, Jake is the Noble of the Week.

Knave: New Haven, Conn. Mayor John DeStefano, who launched a program to give ID cards to illegal aliens in his city.

The city of New Haven is trying to tackle the problem of illegal immigration. But instead of enforcing the law, Mr. DeStefano is offering sanctuary to the 10,000 to 15,000 illegal aliens living in the state’s second-largest city. The identification cards are available to any resident, regardless of immigration status, and will give the cardholder access to public services like beaches and libraries. It can also be used as a debit card at several dozen downtown stores or for city parking meters. Some banks also accept the ID to open an account. On Tuesday, when the program officially began, 250 people, presumably illegal aliens, came out to get their IDs.

New Haven officials claim that the impetus behind this program, which passed the council on a 25-1 vote, was public safety; illegal aliens are targets for muggings because they are forced to keep large amounts of cash on their person as opposed to in a bank. Strange how New Haven’s criminals know how to pick out the illegals in a crowd — it seems the city’s real problem is racial profiling.

For his backwards approach to dealing with illegal immigration, John DeStefano is the Knave of the week.

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