I don’t want to sprain my arm patting myself on the back, but I did see this one coming.
You know about Sanctuary Cities (and counties and even a whole state, California). That’s where the muddle-headed politicians have created their own immigration law, and welcome everyone who arrives, legally or not.
They refuse to cooperate, in various degrees, with Immigration and Customs Enforcement, a division of the Department of Homeland Security. You read that right: They refuse to cooperate with agencies enforcing the law of the land.
Imagine — public officials, elected to create or enforce laws — actively subborning them.
They have their reasons, mostly political, social and stupid, which I will get to in a moment.
I have been writing about illegal immigration for more than a decade, so this has nothing to do with President Trump’s ideas. All previous presidents also condemned illegal immigration, even in face of the media’s attempt to cloud the issue by red-lining the word “illegal.” The obfuscation is worse now than in 2010 when I wrote about how the word “illegal” was disappearing.
This is a deliberate, unethical attempt to influence public opinion. It is an editorial decision born of liberal deception.
The main argument that I make against illegal immigration — I am 110% in favor of legal immigrants — is that it is illegal. When you start nullifying laws you don’t like, you enable others to ignore laws they don’t like. The result is chaos.
And now it is happening.
In response to what they feel are burdensome or unconstitutional gun control laws, some jurisdictions have announced they will not enforce them, creating Second Amendment Sanctuaries.
I am willing to bet that the people — such as Mayor Jim Kenney — who promulgate immigrant sanctuaries get red in the face over gun sanctuaries. But why? It’s the same principle.
No! they shout. One has to do with people, the other with guns. But the gun people are on more solid ground.
Every American has a right to own a gun, but no one has a right to come to America.
Putting aside asylum-seekers and refugees, who are subject to their own laws, the majority of illegals come here for a better life and choose not to take a number and wait their turn. The vast majority commit no crime, but unbelievably, in Philadelphia and other communities, those who do commit felonies are not voluntarily turned over to ICE for deportation.
The Sanctuary know-it-alls say “f—- you” to the law and to the law enforcers.
You can argue how much a community must cooperate with law enforcement, but no one in Philadelphia has ever been able to explain to me why convicted foreign felons should be protected.
But they are — to the danger and detriment of U.S. citizens.
So now some places will ignore gun laws.
What‘s next — laws against discrimination in housing and employment will be nullified? Even Ray Charles can see where this is headed.
Some say our immigration laws are too restrictive — and racist (of course).
This is said by people who are woefully uninformed or deliberately spreading lies. The lies are part of the justification for Sanctuary Cities.
Precise numbers are hard to come by, but each year the U.S. accepts about 1 million immigrants, which is almost as many as the rest of the world combined.
So we are not restrictive.
The Top Ten countries sending people here are nonwhite.
They are, in order: Mexico, China, Cuba, India, Dominican Republic, Philippines, Vietnam, El Salvador, Jamaica, Haiti.
Only blockheads believe immigration law is immoral.
But if you want it changed anyway, that is your right. And there is a right way to do it. Two ways, in fact.
You can take the legislative path to rewrite the law, or use the judicial path to try to get it overturned.
That’s how it works in a democracy. It may be imperfect, but it is far better and safer than allowing two-bit politicians to write their own laws.
That is a recipe for chaos.