What is a Sanctuary City?
A Sanctuary City is a place where Democrat politicians grant illegal alien criminals immunity from deportation. There are hundreds of such cities, counties, and states. Hard-core leftist Democrats staff most colleges and universities, and so also provide sanctuary.
Democrats who offer sanctuary refuse to uphold the law, rebel against the federal government, endanger the lives of American citizens, treat illegal aliens better than Americans, and invite, entice, and lure more illegal aliens to come. They want to fill their cities with them because it gives them political power.
Chicago was the first city to become a sanctuary when Mayor Harold Washington proclaimed Executive Order 85-1 in 1984. The order also put illegal aliens equal to Chicago citizens when it came to welfare benefits. Thus, illegal immigration was officially encouraged with free food, housing, medical care, education, and protection from being deported. Chicago has since gone from 2% Hispanic to 47%. The average illegal alien family draws tens of thousands of dollars in benefits.
New York soon followed suit. Before long, the big, decaying northern cities of America became obsessed with promoting illegal immigration to stop the decline of their populations. That is because their level of political power, and the federal funds they receive, are based on population numbers.
Eighty Percent of American citizens oppose Sanctuary Cities, a Harvard Harris poll reveals. We, the People, are supposed to be running this joint.
What is the Law?
Democrats object to the word 'alien.' There is nothing wrong with the term. Federal law 8 USC § 1101(a)(3) defines it as “a person who is not an American citizen.” An illegal alien is a person who is in the United States without permission, according to United States Code, Title 8, §1365(b). It is a crime to cross our borders without permission. It is a crime to work in America if you are an illegal alien. It is a crime not to leave if you have no authority to stay.
A Sanctuary City encourages and demonstrates a disregard for the law—indeed demonizes the law—and elevates lawbreakers to a strange sort of hero status.
A Yale/MIT study concludes that more than 22 million illegal aliens are in America. California alone has 10 million of them, according to its Democrat Attorney General.
What is supposed to happen is, local, county, and state police should cooperate with federal immigration authorities. They should notify ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement) if they arrest an illegal alien, and turn them over to be deported. There are almost two million illegal aliens in America who have already been given deportation orders by a court. Many more have pending deportation orders. They refuse to leave and are sheltered by Sanctuary Cities.
Taking custody of a criminal inside a jail is the safest way. Refusing to allow ICE to do so means they must search for illegal alien criminals out in the community to arrest them. It is a far more dangerous proposition that puts agents and bystanders in peril.
8 U.S. Code § 1373 states, “A Federal, State, or local government entity or official may not prohibit, or in any way restrict, any government entity or official from sending to, or receiving from, the Immigration and Naturalization Service information regarding the citizenship or immigration status, lawful or unlawful, of any individual.” That is the law.
8 U.S. Code § 1324 declares it a felony to aid, abet, encourage or induce aliens to enter America illegally. And it is a felony to conceal, harbor, or shield illegal aliens. Sanctuary Cities are flat out breaking the law.
Also, federal law says that no alien may come into the United States if they suffer from a contagious disease, are mentally ill, are a convicted felon, are likely to require welfare benefits, or are seeking employment.
The Democrats who reward illegal immigration and protect criminals from deportation have all taken an oath to uphold the law, including federal law. These same people love to harp “No one is above the law,” when speaking of President Trump, yet they put tens of millions of illegal aliens above the law.
Sanctuary Cities Release Violent Criminals into our Communities
Eighty percent of illegal aliens released from jail in Sanctuary Cities will commit more crimes against American citizens. Every one of those crimes is 100% preventable, unlike any other category of crime.
In 2019, New York released 7,500 illegal aliens who had committed crimes, including murder and rape. ICE had requested that all of them be turned over to them. New York refused, even though these individuals were convicted of 17,873 crimes, with 6,500 more charges pending trial. The crimes include more than 200 murders, 1,000 rapes, 500 robberies, 3,500 assaults, 1,500 DUIs, and 1,000 weapons violations. They also include child molestation, drug dealing, arson, kidnapping, pornography that features children, and human trafficking.
In the last two years, Orange County, California, released 2,100 illegal aliens back into the community, all of who had ICE detainers on them. Four hundred have already been arrested again for rape, child molestation, domestic violence, and other offenses. Maryland has recently suffered a rash of child rapes by illegal aliens; it protected from deportation.
Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot defended releasing an illegal alien child rapist from jail, to protect him from deportation. She explained, “We have said very clearly we are a welcoming city, a sanctuary city. Chicago Police Department will not cooperate with ICE on any immigration-related business. And that’s affected their ability to conduct immigration raids across the city. But that’s exactly our intention.”
A Texas study “identifies thousands of crimes that should not have occurred and thousands of victims that should not have been victimized because the perpetrators should not be here.” It found “215,000 criminal aliens in Texas jails were collectively charged with 566,000 offenses, including 1,167 homicides and 6,098 sexual assaults, with a total of 257,000 convictions.” California has twice as many illegal aliens in its jails, protected from deportation. ICE has been able to capture and deport 44 alien terrorists.
The illegal immigrant crime rate in this country should be zero.
Democrats Treat Illegal Aliens Better than American Citizens
Democrats treat illegal aliens better than American citizens. When an American commits a federal crime, no city provides sanctuary. Some judges have given illegals lighter sentences than Americans or lowered their offenses from a felony to a misdemeanor to prevent them from being deported. Some judges do not send illegals to jail at all if they fear ICE might get them—even when they have committed the same offenses for which Americans are routinely sent to prison.
California allows illegal aliens to drive without a license, without insurance, and without vehicle registration. An American would face arrest for the same violation. Illegals are permitted to ignore single-family dwelling laws, and openly use illegal power, water, and sewage hookups while Americans are hounded about the height of their mailboxes. The laws are applied so unequally that citizenship is less valuable than being an illegal.
A retired American is expected to live on $1500 a month social security—after a lifetime of paying taxes—while under Obama, newly arrived illegals were given three times as much.
The Reasons Why Democrats Aid and Abet Illegal Alien Criminals
Most Americans do not know that illegal aliens are represented in Congress and the Electoral College equal to citizens. You can bet Democrats know. That is precisely why they encourage illegals to come to the United States and shield them from removal in their Sanctuary Cities.
Political power for each state rests on who is counted in the representative numbers. Gaining or losing amounts means winning or losing political power in the House of Representatives and the Electoral College.
Illegal aliens were never intended to be represented in the House of Representatives and the Electoral College. That is why Democrats removed the "citizenship question" from the census and fought viciously to prevent President Trump from putting it back on, where it existed for almost all of our history.
Besides, the amount of federal funds a state or city receives is based on those same population numbers. The more illegals, the more money.
The biggest prize of all is voting. The FBI found 100,000 illegal votes cast in Chicago in just one election. Many Democrat states give illegals a driver’s license that just so happens to register them to vote as well, automatically. And the Democrats figure that someday the tens of millions of illegal aliens they have protected from deportment will be granted asylum and citizenship so they can vote legally.
Studies show that 90% of illegal aliens would vote for Democrats, and 80% of legal immigrants vote for Democrats. The Democrats are trading the wealth and safety of American taxpayers for future voters that can give them permanent political power over America.
Democrats Invite, Entice, and Lure Aliens to Come Illegally
During the Obama years, leftist organizations spread the word for him and his Democrats that all people of Central and South America were welcome to come live in the United States. All they had to do was make it across the border and proceed immediately to a Sanctuary City, County, or State.
Not only would they never have to leave America despite being here illegally, but they and their children and grandchildren would also receive from American taxpayers cradle-to-grave sustenance, free education, medical care, and a host of other benefits, including college grants and loans. In California, an illegal can become a lawyer and practice law.
Democrats today say there is no difference between an American citizen and an illegal alien—except the illegals deserve extra protection, benefits, and affirmative action. They refer to illegal aliens as ‘immigrants’—a lie. An immigrant is defined as a person with permission to move into a new country. The Left has always been expert at confusing people with propaganda and euphemism, and making words suddenly mean the opposite of what they always meant to cause mass cognitive dissonance.
The word has gone out around the world, come here illegally, you can stay, we will stop the immigration authorities from doing their jobs, and we will reward you for breaking our immigration laws.
What We Should Do
We should end illegal immigration altogether by building a border wall, enforcing harsh penalties for employing illegals, and stiff jail terms followed by deportation for those who sneak in or overstay their visa. Illegal aliens should certainly not count towards federal appropriations, or representation in Congress or the Electoral College. Stronger laws should prevent illegals from voting, such as making voting at the polls with identification required.
We have many laws on the books, but Democrats just ignore them. Executive Orders to clamp down on illegals being in our country, voting, or receiving welfare benefits, are met with lawsuits by Democrats that get tied up in court for years.
The only people who should be allowed to move to the United States should be those who would help preserve our national unity and demonstrate that they love America. They should have abilities and personal characteristics that would improve society's economic and moral life. Protecting American citizens from unemployment and lowered wages; littered streets; overburdened infrastructure, schools, and hospitals; disease and violent crime is the primary job of our government.
We, the People, are supposed to be running this place. In 1994, the Save Our State Initiative, also known as California Proposition 187, passed by a landslide, with 59% of the votes. It meant that illegal aliens were thereby prohibited by law from using non-emergency health care, public education, and any social services. For the record, 63% of whites voted for the initiative, 50% of blacks, 50% of Asians, and 23% of Hispanics. (Today, by the way, over 60% of all those groups are against illegal immigration.)
Of course, Democrats sued, and a far left-wing extreme extremist judge ruled the law unconstitutional. The bill was hung up on appeals for five years until the Democrats won the governorship. The new governor simply stopped the appeals, and the law died. One judge overrode what over five million people decided by referendum.
But the best part is this: Do you know the argument Democrats used that the judge agreed with to overrule the Will of We the People? That it was an unconstitutional law because a state has no right to contradict the exclusive 100% jurisdiction over immigration that rightfully belongs to the Federal Government.