Mark Caserta: Sanctuary cities are not above the law

16 Mar


Mark Caserta:  Free State Patriot editor

Mark 16, 2018


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March 16, 2018


Illegal immigration is one of the most politically charged topics of our time, and rightfully so. Dealing with it is one of the promises that helped Donald Trump win the presidency. So true to form, President Trump is honoring his commitment to the American people.

Last week, Attorney General, Jeff Sessions announced he was suing California over “sanctuary” laws for illegal immigrants. While the definition is vague, sanctuary cities place themselves above the law by imposing local or state laws prohibiting city employees, funds or resources from assisting Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) in enforcing federal immigration law.

Understand, Sessions isn’t asking California to “enforce” any immigration law – simply to get out of the way and allow ICE to do its job!

This reckless disregard for federal law endangers the lives of U.S. citizens, as well as the lives of law enforcement working to protect Americans. Two weeks ago, Oakland, California, Mayor Libby Schaaf audaciously notified residents of an imminent raid by ICE, preparing criminals in advance.

This should be outrageous to any sensible human being, but understand these are liberals, and the term “sensible” doesn’t apply to liberals from a conservative perspective.

In fact, in stark comparison, look at what the ultra-liberal Obama administration did in 2010, when they sued Arizona over the state’s efforts to “enforce” federal law by cracking down on illegal immigrants. The Arizona law, signed by then Gov. Jan Brewer, gave police the power to question anyone who they had a “reasonable suspicion” was an illegal immigrant. While the U.S. Supreme Court struck down parts of the law (5-3), it let stand a provision allowing police to check a person’s immigration status while enforcing other laws.

So, why are we at risk by not enforcing border security?

The U.S. Department of Justice documents “that in 2014, 19 percent, or over 12,000 criminal cases filed by prosecutors in the U.S., were for violent crimes, and over 22 percent, or 13,300 cases were for drug related felonies.” The same year, the U.S. Sentencing Commission reported that “75 percent of all criminal defendants who were convicted and sentenced for federal drug offenses” and “one-third of all federal prison sentences” involved illegal immigrants, as reported in a 2017 column by Roy Martinelli, a columnist for “The Hill.”

This liberal fight for open borders isn’t about civil rights or compassion. It’s about progressive Democrats building a dependable voter base. And frankly, “damned” be the rights of U.S. citizens and our nation’s sovereignty. Liberal Democrats seem more passionate about protecting the rights of illegal immigrants in the U.S. than they do for protecting lawful U.S. citizens.

And liberals never discuss crimes committed by illegal immigrants related to procuring fraudulent Social Security numbers, obtaining false drivers licenses, using fake green cards and flooding our social welfare system on your nickel!

The radical, liberal desire for open borders spells danger for every American.

We are a nation of laws. There must be consequences for states, cities, jurisdictions and people who harbor illegal immigrants. California, hopefully, will be the first of many.

Mark Caserta is a conservative blogger, a Cabell County resident and a regular contributor to The Herald-Dispatch editorial page.

One Response to “Mark Caserta: Sanctuary cities are not above the law”

  1. Brittius March 17, 2018 at 5:41 am #

    Reblogged this on Brittius.


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