This week, mayors and police chiefs in some of the nation’s most infamous sanctuary cities are promising that they will protect illegal immigrants even under a Trump presidency:
Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, President Barack Obama’s former chief of staff, said Monday at a news conference that city officials have been fielding calls from residents worried that it may change its status because of the threat from Trump.“Since the presidential election, there has been a sense of uncertainty among many immigrant communities in Chicago and across the nation,” Emanuel said. “I want to assure all of our families that Chicago is and will remain a sanctuary city.”
LAPD Chief Charlie Beck said Monday that his department will not change its immigration enforcement stance. Trump has promised to toughen federal immigration laws, as well as deport millions of illegal immigrants.
“I don’t intend on doing anything different,” Beck said, according to the LA Times. “We are not going to engage in law enforcement activities solely based on somebody’s immigration status. We are not going to work in conjunction with Homeland Security on deportation efforts. That is not our job, nor will I make it our job.”
Whether these officials are violating federal law is outside my area of public policy knowledge. In 2015, Media Matters cited a Bush-era Inspector General report and a 2009 Congressional Research Service report that indicate no federal lawbreaking. However, a more recent Inspector General report says sanctuary cities that receive certain federal funds are in violation of federal law because of stipulations in federal money received.
Judicial Watch noted that the Department of Justice — a law enforcement agency — sends money to sanctuary cities that protect people who violate federal law, thus showing hypocrisy at the federal level.
What is not outside of my area of public policy knowledge is to note the utter stupidity of the feds in deciding what measures to enforce, and what measures to let slide. The Obama administration sends billions of taxpayer dollars to sanctuary cities — cities that openly defy the federal government’s efforts to secure our borders. Yet this same administration is expending taxpayer dollars to try and force nuns and priests to participate in the destruction of unborn children.
Whatever one thinks of immigration policy, this juxtaposition is asinine. Plain and simple.