Past Features

October 15, 2015

To Be Or Not To Be?
That is the Question

Victor Davis Hanson-- Washington Times -- October 14, 2015
Sanctuary cities as a new confederacy
Illegal immigration proponents are following the path of secessionists
    There are now 340 sanctuary cities --- and the list is growing. All of them choose to ignore federal immigration law by refusing to report detained undocumented immigrants to federal authorities under most circumstances.
    Partly as a result, deportations of those who entered the United States illegally are at a 10-year low --- even according to the Obama administration's new, rigged redefinition of deportation as also occasionally preventing illegal entry at the border.
    Some of the 1,000 undocumented immigrants who go unreported to federal authorities each month and are thereby shielded by sanctuary cities from deportation have been accused of violent crimes. According to a new report by the Center for Immigration Studies, more than 2,000 of the immigrants released have used their freedom to commit crimes.
    Last year, San Francisco alone released from its custody 252 undocumented immigrants whom federal authorities had asked the city to hold, according to the report. Most notoriously, the city protected Juan Francisco Lopez-Sanchez --- five times previously deported, seven times previously convicted of felonies --- who once free, allegedly murdered 32-year old Kathryn Steinle in front of witnesses. [...]
So where do we go from here?
    If immigration law were nullified, almost anyone could enter the United States. Perhaps undocumented immigrants from Asia would soon outnumber those from Mexico and Central America. And if cities can declare supposedly conservative federal immigration law invalid, then some states might do the same, deeming lots of federal statutes too liberal.
    I thought the Civil War ended these dangerous ideas for good. Apparently not.