WASHINGTON, D.C. – The days of cities and states flouting federal law to protect illegal aliens are numbered, it seems. Attorney General Jeff Sessions Wednesday announced the Department of Justice’s intentions to subpoena 23 cities or states that have ‘sanctuary’ rules in place that mandate local law enforcement officials not cooperate with federal immigration authorities.
“The Justice Department on Wednesday threatened to subpoena 23 jurisdictions if they don’t turn over information about their “sanctuary” policies — triggering a backlash from mayors across the country who pulled out of a White House meeting.
In letters to New York City, Chicago, San Francisco and other jurisdictions, the Justice Department demanded records relating to whether these localities are “unlawfully restricting information sharing by law enforcement officers with federal immigration authorities.”
“I continue to urge all jurisdictions under review to reconsider policies that place the safety of their communities and their residents at risk,” Attorney General Jeff Sessions said in a statement. “Protecting criminal aliens from federal immigration authorities defies common sense and undermines the rule of law.””
Among the illegal aliens these jurisdictions are inevitably providing cover for are murderers, rapists, thieves, gang members, habitual drunk driver, and more bad characters than you can shake a stick at.
This isn’t mere conjecture; countless examples of sanctuary cities releasing criminal aliens to the public instead of ICE have resulted in those same suspects committing more murders, rapes, child molestation, and for what? So they can shield otherwise peaceful lawbreakers from facing the consequences of their actions?
Knowing good and well the kind of risks inherent in providing sanctuary to illegal aliens of all stripes, Democrats still kick and scream and call ‘Racism!’ when faced with institution of law and order.
“The letter drew a fiery response from several Democratic mayors — including New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio — who said they would boycott a planned working session with the president at the White House on Wednesday.
“I will NOT be attending today’s meeting at the White House after @realDonaldTrump’s Department of Justice decided to renew their racist assault on our immigrant communities,” de Blasio tweeted. “It doesn’t make us safer and it violates America’s core values.”
New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu, who serves as the president of the U.S. Conference of Mayors, also said he would boycott the meeting.
“Unfortunately, the Trump administration’s decision to threaten mayors and demonize immigrants yet again – and use cities as political props in the process – has made this meeting untenable,” Landrieu said.
The White House said the meeting would still take place with mayors who chose to still participate.
“We are disappointed that a number of mayors have chosen to make a political stunt instead of participating in an important discussion with the President and his administration,” said White House Deputy Press Secretary Lindsay Walters.”
What is so hard to stand here? The United States of America has immigration laws, and agencies to enforce those immigration laws. These aren’t seat-belt laws, or marijuana laws – these are laws that insure national security. These jurisdictions are in the United States of America, no?
“If these jurisdictions can’t prove they are complying with federal law, senior DOJ officials told Fox News, federal funding could be withheld and the DOJ may demand the return of 2016 federal funding some of the cities have already received.
“We’ve given them federal dollars – your taxpayer dollars – to cooperate with federal law enforcement,” Sarah Isgur Flores, a spokeswoman for the DOJ, said Wednesday on “Fox & Friends.” “They didn’t have to take that money, but they did. And when they took it, they said they would comply with federal law. So what we’re saying is if we find out you’re not complying with federal law, we’re taking the tax dollars back.””
It’s their choice; sanctuary cities and states can comply with federal laws that are crucial to the smooth administration of legal immigration and protecting American citizens from the risks of not knowing who is in our country, or they can give federal taxpayer dollars back.