Is your city considered a sanctuary? Is this good or bad?
Wikipedia defines it as: Sanctuary city is a term given to a city in the United States that follows certain practices that protect illegal immigrants. These practices can be by law (de jure) or they can be by habit (de facto). The term generally applies to cities that do not allow municipal funds or resources to be used to enforce federal immigration laws, usually by not allowing police or municipal employees to inquire about one's immigration status. The designation has no legal meaning.
I know Arizona is. West Virginia could care less. Illegals have a good shot here. I lived in AZ for a while. The Border Patrol travels day in and day out, trying to stop someone who is trying to better theirselves, most times. So much for the land of the free.
In this instance, the logic is "chained" together as a basis. One, we are a nation built on the respect for the rule of law. Two, a city which would tell its law enforcement officers to ignore the law in certain instances is in fact breaking other laws in doing so. How would we feel if they were ignoring murders just because a local official did not agree with federal laws? Finally, in taking this position, the local government and the officials there of are assigning rights to the illegals which they do not have nor are they granted by any document that governs our society. Thus, on that basis, the local officials are willing to use public or taxpayer provided funds to support an effort to circumvent laws put in place to protect those very taxpayers...the formulas don't add up. Ultimately, it does not matter how big you want to demonstrate that your heart might be, breaking the law is exhibiting a disregard and a disrespect of those who are legal citizens of this country. It is not a law of exception and when it is used in that way, it sends a message that the only laws we really have to obey are the ones that we respect and agree with...otherwise do whatever you want and file it under "caring" and "outreach". WB
Yes, my city is a sanctuary. I'm very glad.
It's not a local issue. The local law enforcement folks have no jurisdiction anyway.
It's silly to waste local resources handing folks over to the feds. If the feds want these (allegedly) illegal immigrants so bad, let them come and find them on their own --- federal --- budget.
My city is not a sanctuary city however there are currently no laws requiring proof of legal residency to rent a home. If someone is illegal and keeps out of all legal trouble then they will go unnoticed by the police.
Calling your city a sanctuary city will lead to no good in so far as it is an invitation to the criminals among otherwise law abiding(except those pesky immigration, employment, identity and tax laws) illegal aliens.
It is a thorny issue but lets start addressing it by getting rid of the criminal element that is most attracted to cities unwilling to hand criminal aliens over to the ineffectual feds.
i think my city here in new jersey is not a sanctuary city per se ,but thank god nj has not gone xenophobe and bigoted yet as some states like haterizona and others so my sons were able to go to school and after 12 years of hard work and sacrifice on our family's part they will be proud us citizens.
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