The first local sanctuary policy was officially adopted more than 30 years ago by Los Angeles’ notorious police chief, Daryl Gates. Since then, about 300 cities and counties have adopted one or more sanctuary policies. Bills to stop local sanctuary policies were introduced in Congress and state legislatures, but they all wilted under pressure from amnesty advocates including businesses wanting cheap foreign labor. Washington, D.C., for example, remains a sanctuary even though Congress has the constitutional power “to exercise exclusive legislation in all cases whatsoever” over our nation’s capital city. Nothing will change unless the restrictions against sanctuary cities are included in a must-pass appropriations bill.
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