Sanctuary Cities: Dangerous & Deadly

July 26, 2010 05:59

Sanctuary cities violate federal immigration laws and protect dangerous criminals.

by  Connie Hair at Human Events

The patchwork array of sanctuary cities around the country is leaving dangerous criminal illegal aliens on America’s streets.

Local municipalities in these sanctuary cities prevent their officials from reporting illegals—even those with criminal records—to Immigrations and Customs enforcement (ICE), and it is costing American lives.

Sanctuary cities are against the law. In fact they violate two federal statutes.

“The case against sanctuary cities is very straightforward,” Kris Kobach, principal author of the Arizona SB 1070 enforcement law told HUMAN EVENTS in an exclusive interview. “There are two laws that Congress passed in 1996 that expressly forbid sanctuary cities and they are found at Title 8 Section 1373 and Title 8 Section 1644 of the U.S. Code.  Those statutes say in plain English that a city may not have a policy that prohibits its officers from communicating with the federal government about a person’s immigration status.”

There are numerous cities around the country that are clearly and flagrantly violating those terms of federal law.  The Obama Justice Department doesn’t see these deadly sanctuary cities as a threat to public safety.  They instead choose to spend taxpayer dollars suing Arizona for enforcing federal statutes.

“There is a big difference between a state or locality saying they are not going to use their resources to enforce a federal law, as so-called sanctuary cities have done, and a state passing its own immigration policy that actively interferes with federal law,” Tracy Schmaler, a spokeswoman for Attorney General Eric Holder, told The Washington Times.

Yet Kobach, a law professor and immigration law specialist holding degrees from Harvard, Oxford and Yale, said it’s the sanctuary cities that are illegal, not the Arizona law.

Kobach said the Justice Department is hard-pressed to find an argument to try the Arizona enforcement law in court.


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