Washington Post: Trump Is Scaremongering On Sanctuary Cities Or Something

The one thing that is never explained by Liberal supporters of illegal aliens and sanctuary jurisdictions is “why?” Why are they so hell bent on protecting people who are in our nation illegally? What they do know, in this day, is that Trump is a big meanie for daring to want states, cities, and counties to follow the law, as we see the Washington Post Editorial Board

Trump convenes a festival of fear-mongering on sanctuary cities

tHE SPREAD of so-called sanctuary cities raises fair questions about how local law enforcement can balance collaboration with federal deportation officials, on the one hand, with maintaining trust with immigrant communities, on the other. Those questions were absent, however, when President Trump convened a roundtable on the issue the other day — a festival of scare-mongering, factual distortion and rhetorical overkill that did nothing to elucidate a tricky subject.

Why balance? Law enforcement has nor reason to maintain trust with people who are here illegally. They need to arrest them.

To hear the president tell it — along with a like-minded group of almost uniformly Republican officials, politicians and law enforcement — sanctuary cities are intent on unleashing a crime wave on America. They are doing so, Mr. Trump and his claque asserted, by safeguarding murderers, rapists and other bloodthirsty felons on what amounts to a virtual underground railroad traversed by illegal immigrants between local jails and vulnerable communities.

As the WPEB ramps the Trump Derangement Syndrome up to 10 (the initial story doesn’t support their unhinged views on the roundtable), they forget that sanctuary jurisdictions are, in fact, protecting rapists, murderers, arsonist, burglars, child sex predators, and other serious criminals who are also unlawfully present in the U.S.

“We have gang members; we have predators, rapists, killers,” said the president. His assessment of sanctuary cities was seconded by a group that included Attorney General Jeff Sessions (“shocking,” “radical”); Rep. Michael McCaul (R-Tex.) (“they have blood on their hands”); Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge (“liberal cabals” fomenting “unconstitutional chaos”); and Sen. Patrick J. Toomey (R-Pa.) (“breed of madness”).

What hogwash.

Kate Steinle and all the others who have been harmed by illegal aliens are unavailable for comment.

The fact is that in virtually every so-called sanctuary jurisdiction, local officials continue to cooperate with federal deportation agents when it comes to handing over most dangerous and repeat offenders when their sentences are done; they do not do so in the case of minor offenders. Even in California — which, having recently enacted one of the nation’s most sweeping sanctuary laws, came in for special abuse at Mr. Trump’s event — local law enforcement is authorized to turn over unauthorized immigrants who have committed any of about 30 serious crimes to agents of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. And they can share information with ICE officials on inmates who have been convicted of hundreds more serious misdemeanors and felonies.

The fact that some might cooperate here and there is immaterial: if they are protecting any illegal alien they are in violation of federal law. It matters not at all that they’ve committed minor offenses. They’re unlawfully present. Democrats are protecting them. And it’s high time that the DOJ start charging those who protect illegal aliens with violations of federal law.

The event dovetailed with Mr. Trump’s ongoing crusade to use cherry-picked anecdotes to convince Americans that illegal immigrants pose a dire threat to law and order. Numerous studies have shown that immigrants, including undocumented immigrants, generally commit crimes at a lower rate than native-born Americans. The fact that those statistics clash with the president’s agenda doesn’t make them any less true.

Are we supposed to take comfort in that supposed fact? It’s a double whammy. Illegally present and a criminal. Should we be accepting of people who are here illegally and commit crimes, often against Americans? No.

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