Sanctuary Cities

I helped hundreds of illegal aliens because our rural community from 1974 to 1994 needed them, but I opposed illegal immigration and really believed that the federal government would end that when the Reagan Amnesty law said they would.
I took two deserving workers through La Migra in Escondido, standing in line at 6am, and thought that was that.

It wasn’t. The Democratic Congress refused to fund the law they passed to close the border.

Now we have 11 million (I suspect more) illegal aliens, (in 1986 Amnesty we had 4 million,) and the real festering sore is Sanctuary Cities. There are some 300 of them. They are forming a phalanx against Trump, and some Mayors have knowledge of the levers of Washington.

Trump will soon learn the limits of the presidency, but he is a man accustomed to finding ways around obstacles. Many Sanctuary Cities will hold out, only to find other cities caving and increasing pressure. Trump doesn’t like to lose. With a Department of Justice on his side, he can file a few Obstruction of Justice lawsuits against, say, a Sheriff in San Francisco, and their Board of Supervisors. Sure the City can defend, but when combined with a failure to get billions in federal funds, the financial pressure would be intense.

This Sanctuary City mess may well be the first Trump test, and it deserves to be. Sanctuary Cities are against the law, and it is just a case of trying to enforce a law that has been ignored for decades, purposely.

I wish him luck.

(Years ago I published a column on how to solve the illegal immigration problem without pain, in my home newspaper. I’ll publish it here later today.)

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