The PJ Tatler

Time to Put an End to 'Sanctuary City' Nonsense

The Supreme Court has repeatedly held that immigration is a federal matter — so why, then, are certain cities allowed to get away with thumbing their noses at the law and declare themselves “sanctuaries”? I think we all know the answer to that. Now comes freshman senator Tom Cotton with a modest proposal: become a “sanctuary city,” lose your federal funds:

Senator Tom Cotton (R-Arkansas) today issued the following statement after introducing legislation that would make cities that refuse to cooperate with federal immigration policies, also known as sanctuary cities, ineligible for federal immigration and law enforcement grants:

“The senseless murder of a young woman in San Francisco last week tragically illustrates that the politicization of the immigration debate has now swamped even common-sense efforts to protect public safety. It is unacceptable that cities would issue ordinances that explicitly aim to frustrate federal immigration laws that are supposed to keep illegal immigrant felons off the streets. U.S. taxpayers shouldn’t be expected to support such misguided local policies that put their safety in jeopardy. No matter their political affiliation, local officials should support the rule of law and protect the safety of all Americans.”

Illegal immigration should be a slam-dunk issue for the Right, if only they knew how to frame it. No, it doesn’t mean you are against the homeless, the poor, the downtrodden and the dispossessed. It does mean, however, that you are against American politicians deliberately defying and flouting the law in order to import more Democratic voters, thus disenfranchising legal, native Americans.