The story prompting this article is old. In fact, I’ve already written about it before. Unfortunately, it’s so infuriating that it deserves to be written about again.
Portland is a sanctuary city. As a result, two women became victims of a 12-time-deported violent criminal who committed heinous acts against them. He should never have been allowed back onto the streets to commit these crimes, but that’s life in a sanctuary city. Living in one means law enforcement is politically compelled to put American citizens in danger in an effort to protect those who have entered the country illegally.
Welcome to progressive America.
Here’s the problem. Attempts by the federal government to stop this practice are taking the wrong approach. It is ultimately the responsibility of a city, county, and/or state to handle law enforcement within their own jurisdiction. Just as it’s wrong for them to not protect their own citizens in favor of non-citizens, it’s also wrong for the federal government to attempt to mandate compliance. They cannot compel local governments or law enforcement to do the bidding of federal law enforcement. On the surface, this might stance seem counterproductive, but it’s important to make this distinction: one can be against sanctuary cities and also be against federal mandates preventing sanctuary cities from existing. The two are not mutually exclusive.
If local governments are forced to comply with federal mandates, the overreach that already exists in DC will be perpetuated. When does it end? The more we allow the federal government to dictate the law of the land, the less autonomy state and local governments will have. This is not a good thing for the people.
The only viable solution to the sanctuary city problem is for the people living in sanctuary cities to say, “enough is enough.”
It’s the people who must force the hands of local politicians and law enforcement. They are the ones who are in danger and must exercise their rights through petitions, assembly, and at the ballot box. If that’s not possible, then it’s their right to move to a city or state that treats criminal illegal immigrants as criminals rather than as people who are somehow granted greater protections than actual U.S. citizens.
Sanctuary cities are a big problem, particularly for those living in them. It’s up to the people to make the changes necessary to defend their rights and protect themselves and their families. If the federal government steps in, they will only make things worse in the long run.