'Action Radio' submits legislation to curb illegal immigrants

By Jody Conrad | Special to the Press Gazette

A major concern on the minds of some in the local community involves the lack of border enforcement and the neutralizing of immigration policies, leading to an exponential influx of illegal aliens now entering the United States.

David Jones of Volunteer Santa Rosa and Greg Penglis of "Action Radio" co-wrote the legislation related to illegal immigration.

Greg Penglis, who in 2017 created "Action Radio" on AM 1330 WEBY to produce Congress-ready legislation, foresees Santa Rosa County being overwhelmed in the near future. To address this issue, Penglis, along with David Jones, co-founder of Santa Rosa Volunteers, wrote a proposal called “The Santa Rosa County, Florida ‘Illegal Alien-Free Zone’ Act of 2021” and submitted it to the county for the Board of County Commissioners to consider it.

“History can be made here in Santa Rosa County, Florida, with a bill, written by regular citizens, that creates an ‘illegal alien free zone,’” Penglis said.

According to Penglis, the federal government’s policies forces states, counties, and cities to take action to protect its tax-paying citizens from being overwhelmed.

FILE — In this Feb. 19, 2021 file photo asylum seekers receive food as they wait for news of policy changes at the border, in Tijuana, Mexico. The Biden administration outlined a plan to reinstate a border policy that made asylum-seekers wait in Mexico for hearings in U.S. immigration court. Details were disclosed in a court filing after a federal judge in Texas ordered that the policy by resumed "in good faith," having started under President Donald Trump and sending about 70,000 people back to Mexico until Biden abruptly ended because he felt it was inhumane.

“The ‘criminal’ action begins with entering the country illegally, previously an action that led to arrest and deportation,” he said.

To that end, the legislation states “As all illegal aliens are criminals simply by being in the country illegally…all that need be established to assess criminal penalties is to verify their non-citizen status.”

“Illegal aliens present a dangerous, costly, and completely preventable criminal burden upon the lawful citizens and legal immigrants of Santa Rosa County…” the legislation begins. “Therefore, to protect our State, and our County, Santa Rosa County shall be declared an ‘Illegal Alien Free Zone.”

“One of the best routes available for U.S. citizens to protect themselves is with legislation that allows for civil asset forfeiture,” Penglis said. “The ability to do so gives local law enforcement a tool to work with.”

A crowd of migrant families, immigration advocates and faith leaders stand in protest Sept. 25, 2021, in Nogales, Sonora, demanding the restoration of asylum processes at the U.S.-Mexico border.

“Gov. DeSantis has enacted an executive order, which allows for the asset forfeiture of those who belong to groups who traffic illegals into the state of Florida.” Jones added. “The wide open southern border and the thousands of Afghan refugees being settled around the U.S. illustrates the desperate need for this act.”     

The legislation was submitted to Santa Rosa County in September, but the commission has not taken action on it.