Is there anything that exemplifies how upside down our nation is more than the existence of “sanctuary cities?” According to Wikipedia a sanctuary city…” refers to municipal jurisdictions…that limit their cooperation with the national government's effort to enforce immigration law.”
“Limit their cooperation.” Let that sink in a bit. Existing Federal laws are in in place and there are Governors and Mayors ignoring, scoffing, and in the case of California, making it a crime to comply with Federal law. (Didn’t South Carolina try that back in the 1860’s, and how did that work out for us?)
To put this in perspective, what if we were to elect a Governor who made Illinois a Federal-income-tax-sanctuary state? No resident or business of Illinois has to pay any Federal income tax, just pay Illinois, because our Governor decreed it. We could then double the tax in Illinois and nobody would care. That would be a good way to make the state of Illinois fiscally healthy again.
Launched in collectivist Europe, the practice migrated here in the early 80’s, mostly by clergymen who had the genuine interests of a few people at heart. It was noble then, but left mostly unchecked, it has morphed into chaos. Yes, there are people with legitimate humanitarian issues, and there should be some sort of “sanctuary” for them. But there are not twelve and a half million people with “humanitarian” issues. Some of them are nothing more than common thieves, thugs, and/or freeloading off taxpayers. Don’t go there with the “Dreamers” excuse either – they had nearly twenty years to become a legal citizen.
Spare me the tears Liberals and Democratic politicians! You could care less about illegal immigrants. Ten, fifteen years ago you were all lined up screeching to keep them out because they were taking American jobs. YouTube is littered with speeches from top Dems railing against illegal immigration. Your one and only reason is to get them on the government teat and dependent on the Democratic party. It’s an insidious way to grab and keep power. The very existence of the Democratic party depends on them.
Don’t believe that, look what Rahm Emanuel is doing in Chicago. Mayor-One-Percent knows he can’t depend on black voters due to hiding the video of the Laquan McDonald shooting. His white voters are always split in voting. Legal Hispanic voters will be in favor of an Hispanic candidate. So, now Emanuel is attempting to create a whole new class of voter to allow him to keep his hands on the wheel of the biggest city of the most oppressive state in the union.
In a “hold my beer” performance, hen-pecked, Illinois’ RINO Governor got in on the act. Last August, Governor Rauner signed a bill that prohibited state and local police from arresting anyone solely due to their immigration status or due to federal detainers. This, from supposedly a Republican.
While Liberals are protecting people here unlawfully, illegals are inflicting carnage on actual US citizens. The news is full of cases where people are getting shot or run over by illegals. Many are just ignorant of law and order. The MS13 gang, illegals mostly from San Salvador, have virtually become public enemy number one (behind Nancy Pelosi) in the Trump Administration.
To make it worse, most illegal immigrants are taking advantage of the safety nets US citizen taxpayers subsidized to have in place for actual disadvantaged US citizens. According to the Federation of American Immigration Reform (FAIR), the total government expenditures (education, welfare, medical, etc.) for illegal immigrants is nearly $135 billion per year. Tax-paying illegal immigrants paid in about $19 billion of that amount. So, it costs US citizens about $116 billion per year. Our share in nearly bankrupt Illinois is about $3.2 billion per year. Folks nearing governmental pension eligibility might want to consider that number on the next trip to the voting booth.
If a person is here illegally, they have committed a crime. It is illegal to be here without proper documentation. What is difficult to understand about that? If you don’t like it, change the law. Do US citizens get a “mulligan” also when it comes to crime? If we commit our first crime and get caught, can we just have a do-over? Can we just skip a year of paying taxes? How many people are rotting in prison (again, on our dime) because of the third-strike law? Where was their “mulligan?”
Ironically, as I finished writing this commentary, news came in that California just appointed an “undocumented” immigrant to a state board to advise on student aid. I guess this proves my original point about the nation being turned upside down.
So, the question hanging out there to sanctuary supporters…why do you favor illegals over American citizens?