The Department of Justice has issued warnings to nine “sanctuary cities,” saying they will withhold federal funding if they refuse to comply, and provide proof of compliance, with the federal position on enforcing immigration laws.
According to Apsan Law Offices, a sanctuary city is a city that shelters illegal immigrants by law or action and actually has no legal meaning. This is typically applied to areas that do not permit municipal funds or resources to be used for enforcement of federal immigration laws and police or local government employees are not allowed to ask about immigration statuses.
What the Trump administration is making moves to do is actually part of what Trump said he wanted to accomplish in his contract with the American people. He’s a politician actually keeping his word. Frankly, that’s a rare site in Washington, D.C.
Trump is actually upholding laws established before he even ran for office. In government classes in high school students are taught that if state or city laws conflict with federal law, federal law is what gets followed. “Sanctuary cities” don’t have much of a leg to stand on in trying to protect illegal immigrants.
Posters seen in protests and marches for immigration miss the key word: illegal. Immigrants are welcome, absolutely. As long as they go through legal channels to secure their place in our country. If the process is absurd and difficult, protest and work to change the process not for people who did something against our laws.
The Obama administration sent letters last year similar to the ones sent out by the Trump administration. The difference is that Trump is doing it and he’s more aggressive, which rubs people the wrong way.
Rhetoric most used by politicians and public speakers avoids words that label them as breaking laws, simply calling them “immigrants”, because there would be little support from the public otherwise. Trump’s move is to force people to acknowledge that what is happening is wrong based on laws that have been passed.
Rather than only pushing people out and incurring the wrath of protesters, public moves should be made to help the communities illegal immigrants are coming from. Generally, they’re leaving because home isn’t safe or conducive to success. Efforts to make those areas better should become better known because those efforts exist, they just aren’t publicized very well. Help them at home and they won’t need to leave.