Sanctuary cities are the new ‘Confederacy’

Sanctuary cities are the new ‘Confederacy’

[Ed. – VDH has a good point here.  That said, there’s a bigger-picture perspective.  The progressive left is inconsistent in its attitude toward federal authority, yes.  But the problem with illegal migration is that the federal government isn’t doing what it should do, whereas the problem with having too damn many laws about everything under the sun is that the federal government IS doing what it SHOULDN’T do.  Federalism has to be one of the filters here.  By any reckoning, it’s actually the federal government’s job to enforce the borders and the nation’s immigration laws.  That charter goes. inherently, with being a nation-state.  Little else does.]

There are an estimated 300 or so jurisdictions — entire states, counties, cities, and municipalities — that since the early 1980s have enacted “sanctuary city” laws, forbidding full enforcement of federal immigration law within their jurisdictions.

Most of these entities are controlled by Democrats in general and liberals in particular. Sanctuary officials feel that federal enforcement of the southern border is either unnecessary or immoral, and thus they have decided that there is no real crime in entering and residing in the United States unlawfully. …

The liberal Migration Policy Institute conceded that there are over 800,000 illegal aliens with criminal records, nearly 700,000 of them with felony arrest records. …

Heather Mac Donald of the Manhattan Institute found that two-thirds of all outstanding felony warrants in the city of Los Angeles involved illegal aliens — as well as 95% of outstanding murder warrants. …

[T]he idea of a sanctuary city is Confederate to the core, reminiscent of antebellum Southern states picking and choosing which federal statutes they would abide by or reject. …

Much of the rural West opposes the Endangered Species Act. Can Wyoming declare that federally protected rats and bugs are not protected inside its state borders, when such pests obstruct construction of dams or highways? Many conservatives oppose federal restrictions on gun sales. Could Oklahoma City declare hand-gun purchases within its city-limits free of federal firearms statutes?

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