Commentary by James Shott
A sanctuary jurisdiction is a place where people who are in the U.S.
illegally may go without fear of being discovered and deported. Most of
these people are just looking for a better life, but not all, and some
are violent criminals. Regardless of their reason for being here, all
are safe from being deported or jailed until they commit a crime, but
then it is too late. Someone, likely a taxpaying, law-abiding American
citizen will have been robbed, assaulted, raped or murdered.
you come into the United States without proper documentation, without
following the approved procedure, you are a federal law-breaker. If you
come into the U.S. legally and over-stay your Visa, you are a federal
Both types of illegal immigrants are
deportable under Immigration and Nationality Act Section 237 (a)(1)(B)
which says: "Any alien who is present in the United States in violation
of this Act or any other law of the United States is deportable.”
are not an “undocumented immigrant,” you are an illegal alien, a
law-breaker. Period. You are not entitled to any government benefits,
you should not be able to get a job; you should not be protected by
going to a sanctuary jurisdiction.
If you broke our
laws to come here because of intolerable conditions where you came from,
you have our sympathy for your situation, but we have a process for
people like you to immigrate to the United States. In very dire
circumstances you may be able to request asylum, but even in those dire
conditions, there is a process to follow, and that process does not
include crossing our borders illegally, living in the shadows,
collecting benefits and avoiding immigration authorities. If you do
that, you are a criminal, and should be deported. If you do it again,
you should be jailed.
If an American citizen harbors an
illegal alien, he or she is breaking the law and can be prosecuted. But
cities and counties may do so with the blessing of the federal
government, and get taxpayer funding to do so.
that most illegal aliens are criminals, it’s that far too many of them
are. Even one illegal who commits a crime – especially a serious crime
like armed robbery, assault, rape or sexual abuse, murder, etc. – is one
more than we should accept.
Far too many illegals are
up to no good. According to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement
(ICE) records, “from January 1 to August 31, 2014, more than 8,100
deportable aliens were released after arrest in approximately 300 local
sanctuary jurisdictions, even though ICE had issued a detainer seeking
custody in advance of deporting them,” as reported by Jessica Vaughan,
director of policy studies at the Center for Immigration Studies,
writing in National Review. “Some 62 percent of these offenders
had a prior criminal history,” of whom about 3,000 were felons. “Of the
8,100 aliens who were released to the streets instead of to ICE,
approximately 1,900 were later arrested, a total of 4,300 more times, on
7,500 different charges.”
Kathryn Steinle, 32, walking on Pier
14 with her father in San Francisco on July 2, 2015, was shot and died
in her father’s arms, begging him to help her. Ms. Steinle and her
father were minding their own business, but she was nevertheless
mindlessly shot and killed. And who committed this heinous crime? An
illegal alien from Mexico named Francisco Sanchez who had seven felony
convictions against him, four on drug charges, and had been deported
“ICE had started the deportation process,
but San Francisco asked for custody of Sanchez to pursue prior drug
charges,” Ms. Vaughn’s report noted. “These were dropped, and in early
April, instead of turning him back over to ICE for deportation, the San
Francisco sheriff’s department released Sanchez, in keeping with the
city’s longstanding sanctuary policies, without notification to ICE.
Less than three months later, Sanchez shot and killed Ms.
Kate Steinle is not the only American murdered by an illegal,
only one of the most recent. It is a true scandal that Americans are
less concerned with this serious threat to the safety of their fellow
Americans as they are with whitewashing history by removing every
existing Confederate battle flag from the land of the free and the home
of the brave, and that the Obama administration is more concerned with
global warming than with illegals streaming into the country, many of
whom are violent criminals.
How many of those who like
sanctuary jurisdictions and open borders and the other foolish ideas
that constitute threats to Americans have the power of their
convictions? How many would follow the same policies at their homes,
leaving doors unlocked, allowing anyone to come in and live in their
basement or garage, or their bedrooms? Very few, most likely. But they
like the sanctuary idea because it makes them feel all warm and fuzzy
with misplaced compassion, and they don’t really have to worry about the
Except they do. These vicious crimes
are their responsibility. Wonder how would they feel if Kate Steinle was
their daughter, wife, or sister? How would you feel?
Cross-posted from Observations