Over the weekend, President Trump urged Congress “to block funds for jurisdictions that shield dangerous criminals.” This was said after Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced he is suing the state of California over acting as a sanctuary state to protect illegal aliens against federal agents enforcing immigration laws.
From CNS News:
“Protecting the safety and well-being of American citizens is my highest duty as president,” Trump said in his Saturday radio address. “Yet, lawless sanctuary jurisdictions are nullifying federal law, obstructing immigration enforcement, and releasing thousands of criminal aliens into U.S. communities to prey on innocent victims. It’s absolutely terrible.”
The president gave several examples of cities and states denying a request from federal immigration officials to turn over violent criminal illegal aliens.
He mentioned the mayor of Oakland, California for publicly warning illegals in her city that there was an ICE raid about to be enforced, “allowing criminal aliens time to “scatter and hide from authorities. The mayor’s conduct directly threatened the safety of federal immigration officers and the law-abiding Americans in her community,” the president said.
Trump pointed out that the leaders of California are in “open defiance” of federal law, and that these leaders don’t care about the same things the rest of us care about.
He also mentioned cases in New York and Denver, Colorado, where state and city authorities have refused to work with ICE:
Sanctuary jurisdictions are the best friend of smugglers, gang members, drug dealers, human traffickers, killers, and other violent offenders.
We want our cities to be sanctuaries for Americans, not safe havens for criminals. That is why I am calling on Congress to block funds for jurisdictions that shield dangerous criminals.
It is time to end the bloodshed brought about by reckless sanctuary policies – and it is time to save American lives and American cities.
Barack Obama sued the state of Arizona in July 2010 over a state law that allowed local law enforcement to arrest illegal aliens and hand them over to federal authorities, citing that the Constitution authorizes only the federal government to enforce immigration laws.
And guess what? Obama was right. Article I, Section 8, Clause 4 states:
To establish an uniform Rule of Naturalization,… That means that the federal Congress has the power to establish immigration laws, being one of the 18 enumerated powers given to the federal government in the Constitution.
But the liberals can’t have it both ways. They can’t argue that the federal government has sole authority over immigration enforcement when it suits them to block states from rounding up illegal aliens, while at the same time declaring that cities and states can act as sanctuaries to protect illegal aliens from being captured by ICE and eventually deported.
The president was met with chants of BUILD THAT WALL! from a crowd at a campaign rally near Pittsburgh on Saturday night when he ripped on Democrats for their leniency on illegal aliens, even criminal aliens.
“So the Democrats are the party of sanctuary cities. Explain that one, right?” Trump told the crowd.
“They like to protect criminals. They like to protect MS-13.” Trump talked about ICE agents “being tough as hell,” as they grab gang members “by the neck.”
The crowd kept chanting BUILD THAT WALL! BUILD THAT WALL!
“We are building the wall,” Trump promised. “100 percent.”
And the wall could be paid for by simply ending welfare benefits for illegal aliens.