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Friday, September 18, 2015

Sanctuary For Illegals But Not Americans

Donald Trump’s unorthodox campaign has performed a public service by shining the national spotlight on the problem of “sanctuary cities” which shelter illegal aliens from deportation. The tragedy of Kate Steinle, who died in the arms of her father after being shot by an illegal alien, is especially tragic because her death was preventable, yet officials have defiantly defended their sanctuary policies. It was not only the City and County of San Francisco that released the seven-times-convicted, five-times-deported Mexican who killed Kate Steinle; Obama’s Immigrations and Customs Enforcement let him go free, too. ICE has released many thousands of criminal aliens into unsuspecting local communities instead of returning them to their countries of origin. In fact, 121 of these released criminal aliens were subsequently charged with murdering Americans in the last five years. According to government figures, more than 8,100 deportable aliens including 3,000 felons were released by sanctuary cities and counties in the first eight months of last year. Some 1,900 of those wrongly released aliens have already re-offended 4,300 more times, racking up 7,800 new charges including murder, violent assault, rape and child rape.

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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