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Norfolk Officials Sue the State of Virginia for Not Letting Them Desecrate Confederate Monuments

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The Hill reported that the city of Norfolk Virginia, filed a federal lawsuit last week against the state of Virginia over a law that prevents the removal of a Confederate monument from its downtown business district.

Based on a state law passed in 1904, public war memorials in the state can’t be removed or modified, thus preventing local officials from carrying out a 2017 resolution directed towards moving the memorial owned by the city to a cemetery. This memorial was built in 1907 and commemorates soldiers who fought for the Confederacy.

This suit was filed in the U.S. District Court in Norfolk.

Although the city council approved the resolution, no action would be taken until the state preservation law was no longer in effect. Violating this law could bring about financial penalties.

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According to what Norfolk’s legislative body wrote in the lawsuit, Virginia’s law “purports to protect memorials related to wars and battles such as the Monument but does so in a way that takes away fundamental rights that belong to the City and its City Council.” It added, “The purpose of this suit is to unbuckle the straitjacket that the Commonwealth has placed the City and the City Council in.”

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This suit argues that Virginia’s law unconstitutionally curtails Norfolk’s free speech rights by forcing the city and its council to “indefinitely present a particular message” by displaying the monument, which is the “City’s speech.”

The lawsuit stated that changing this speech is “a right that the Commonwealth cannot take away.”

In March 2017, the Charlottesville City Council voted to remove the statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee, which saw a number lawsuits filed by defenders of American history who turned to Virginia’s preservation law for their defense. After the Charlottesville rally turned deadly, left-wing iconoclasts across the nation took advantage of this event to destroy historical artifacts of the U.S. Civil War.

This same incident prompted the Norfolk City Council to greenlight the resolution to move its Confederate statue away from its downtown business district.

The controversy is part of a nationwide campaign the politically correct left has launched against confederate monuments nationwide.

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U.S. Law Enforcement Bust 27 People Connected to Mexican Sinaloa Cartel

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Over two dozen people were arrested on drug charges in connection to a Mexican cartel smuggling cocaine into the U.S. Following a two-year investigation, 27 people were arrested through Operation Tripwire, an investigation effort U.S. officials have been working on featuring members of the Sinaloa Cartel.

The trafficking network went from Los Angeles, California to Tucson, Arizona and Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania where cocaine originating from Mexico was smuggled stateside. The United States Attorney for the Western District of Pennsylvania, Scott Brady declared “this is a large organization that was trafficking hundreds of kilograms of cocaine throughout the country and has direct ties to the Sinaloa cartel in Mexico.”

U.S. authorities recounted that the investigations started after an agent in Pittsburgh was able to identify an address that received large quantities of suspicious-looking packages coming from California. Since then, agents started to do investigation on other members of the network across the U.S.

Across the span of seven months, authorities were able to intercept U.S. calls made by some of the alleged traffickers with Sinaloa carte leaders in Mexico. On September 9, 2020, 27 were arrested in Arizona, California, and Pennsylvania.

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According to American authorities, $1.3 million in cash and over 140 kilograms of cocaine were seized. The aforementioned people arrested are now facing a prison sentence of between 10 years and life in prison.

The border situation is no joke. Prior administrations have largely neglected the issue and have allowed for unprecedented levels of illegal immigration and drug trafficking to cross the U.S. border.

In a prior instance, BLP reported on how Mexico is a failed state that cannot maintain public order and is largely being pushed around by cartels. Due to its proximity to the U.S., Mexico’s problems will likely spillover stateside.

This is why border security is crucial. Thankfully, the U.S. has a president in Donald Trump that gets the memo. He’ll still need help from Congress, however,

That’s why it’s crucial that America First Republicans have strong showings at all branches of government in 2020.

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