Sanctuary cities are a big problem, particularly for those living in them. They are magnets that attract those who would need sanctuary, namely criminal illegal immigrants who don’t want to be held by local authorities on behalf of ICE when they’re arrested for their other criminal activities. We’ve seen time after time how criminals have been released in spite of ICE requests to hold them, only to see them commit more crimes.
Some have been heinous.
Today, a U.S. District Judge Harry Leinenweber issued a nationwide injunction preventing Attorney General Jeff Sessions from withholding federal grant money from sanctuary cities. The injunction will hold until the court hears the case brought up by Chicago and its liberal mayor Rahm Emanuel. While the injunction is temporary, the judge indicated he believed the city had “a good case.”
This doesn’t bode well for the Trump administration’s plans to put an end to sanctuary cities altogether.
I wouldn’t be surprised if this were overturned on appeal, but even if it’s not, this is only the first attempt by the Trump administration to cow sanctuary cities under the federal boot. There might be other ways that the fed can force them to do what they want… even if some might say that using the power of the federal government in this way is not really a conservative principle.
Chicago argued that the new conditions that mandated cities allow immigration agents into jails, as well as having to give at least a 48-hour notice before releasing someone suspected of immigration violations, were unconstitutional.
Sanctuary city ordinances, which are reportedly meant to offer illegals protection from deportation if they report crimes, became a focal point when Kate Steinle was killed by an illegal alien, who had been deported multiple times, in San Francisco. More family members of those who have had loved ones lost to illegal alien homicides also came forward to denounce the policy. Even America’s sheriffs noted that illegals don’t report crimes.
The judge, who was appointed by former President Ronald Reagan, explained that he halted the DOJ policy nationwide because there is “no reason to think that the legal issues present in this case are restricted to Chicago or that the statutory authority given to the Attorney General would differ in another jurisdiction.”
Chicago has applied for $2.2 million in the federal grant money – $1.5 million for the city and the rest for Cook County and 10 other suburbs. But in a recent court hearing, attorneys representing the city said that more than 30 other jurisdictions across the United States filed court briefs supporting Chicago’s lawsuit and have up to $35 million in grants at stake. At least seven cities and counties, including Seattle and San Francisco, as well as the state of California, are refusing to cooperate with the new federal rules.
While sanctuary cities should be ended, they should be ended from within, not by DC. It’s up to the people to demand that their cities defend them from criminals. Leaving it up to the federal government to threaten and punish these cities accelerates us down the path towards increased statism.