Friday's HOT MIC
The Department of Justice on Friday sided with Texas in the lawsuit against its recently passed sanctuary cities ban, lending significant if unsurprising support to boosters of the law.
The department's decision to back a state in a high-profile case on a hawkish immigration issue is a reversal from its operation under President Barack Obama's administration, which often sided with civil rights groups that opposed such state laws.
"The Department of Justice fully supports Texas's effort and is participating in this lawsuit because of the strong federal interest in facilitating the state and local cooperation that is critical in enforcing our nation's immigration laws," U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions said in a prepared statement. "President Trump has made a commitment to keep America safe and to ensure cooperation with federal immigration laws," he said. "Texas has admirably followed his lead by mandating state-wide cooperation with federal immigration laws that require the removal of illegal aliens who have committed crimes."
The department filed a statement of interest on Friday with the federal district court in San Antonio that is handling the suit, indicating that it will be involved in the lawsuit going forward. The first hearing in the case, in which the court will consider whether to temporarily block the law, is Monday.
It's about time. A country unwilling to enforce its own laws and defend its own borders isn't a country, it's a sitting duck, ripe for takeover by others following a path of no resistance. The Obama administration effectively abdicated its constitutional obligation to preserve, protect and defend the United States of America, which is one of the many reasons the Left got Trump.