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Sanctuary Cities Violate Federal Law

Thursday, 09 July 2015 10:11 AM Current | Bio | Archive

Uncounted numbers of undocumented foreign nationals currently reside in the United States. The oft-cited 11 million undocumented foreign nationals is, at best, a low-ball estimate. For the past decade, the federal government and immigrant advocates have persisted in citing this static undercount.

As of April 2014, President Barack Obama had ordered the release of some 165,900 Hispanic prisoners arrested for illegal entry and subsequent crimes committed in the United States.

The U.S. Census Bureau estimates that Hispanics (among them U.S. citizens, legal permanent residents, and undocumented foreign nationals) currently make up 17 percent of the U.S. population or approximately 54 million persons.

On June 16, Donald J. Trump, America’s most famous billionaire businessman, announced his run for the Republican Party nomination for president of the United States. He commented that “Mexico is sending people with lots of problems, and they’re bringing those problems” to the United States, and “They’re bringing drugs, they’re bringing crime. They’re rapists, and some, I assume are good people.”

Trump then addressed current actions being taken by the U.S. Border Patrol to control the nation’s borders.

The politically correct reply to his announcement came in a series of canceled contracts or agreements with Trump and his companies by the following: NBC, Univision (Hispanic TV), Macy’s, NASCAR, and the Professional Golf Association (PGA) tour program. Those canceling their contracts wrongly assumed that all Hispanics residing in the United States support open U.S. borders and undocumented entry into the United States, which is not the case.

Although Trump figures to lose about $50 million from these retaliatory actions, he is able to accept them as temporary setbacks, and his statement on Mexicans bringing crime to the United States was documented in short order by the following crimes:

July 1: San Francisco, a leading “sanctuary city” within California, a “sanctuary state,” witnessed the tragic death of a young woman walking with her father on a famed city pier. In daylight, Francisco Lopez-Sanchez shot and killed Kathryn Steinle. Sanchez, an undocumented foreign national from Mexico, had been deported from the United States five times and convicted of seven felonies.

He told ABC News that he came to San Francisco because it was a sanctuary city. He was wanted by the state of Texas, which the San Francisco sheriff should have known, when he released Sanchez from jail. There also was a federal detainer, an order issued by the federal government, to detain Sanchez in jail until he was released to the custody of the federales. The San Francisco sheriff chose to ignore the federal detainer.

July 3: In Laredo, Texas, an undocumented foreign national attacked and killed his wife with a hammer. Prior to the killing, the Laredo Police Department had responded to at least three domestic violence calls from that house. The police chose not to call the U.S. Border Patrol, because it might “chill” the atmosphere in the community. This killer had been deported four times back to Mexico.

July 4: In Arizona, a Mexican national who had been deported six times by the U.S. government was charged with hit and run while driving under the influence of drugs. He hit and injured an Arizona mother and her two children. As an experienced criminal with a long record, he knew that upon his arrest he could refuse to have a blood test for sobriety.

These arrests, made during the first five days of July 2015, reflect serious crimes committed by previously deported undocumented foreign nationals. Chicago, despite being a sanctuary city with the nation’s strictest gun control laws, is also the nation’s murder capital, largely due to gangs of undocumented foreign nationals.

If state, city, and local authorities enforced existing laws, the injuries and deaths at the hands of these criminals could be stopped. How are family members of those killed or maimed by illegal-alien criminals accepting their losses? Are Obama and the Democrats, in pandering for the Hispanic vote, more concerned about undocumented foreign nationals than about U.S. citizens?

One federal law that the Obama administration, particularly the U.S. attorney general, should consider is 8 USC section 1324. It deals with those persons who knowingly conceal, harbor, or shield undocumented aliens and could apply to officials in sanctuary cities and states.

Among the excuses offered by sanctuary states is their fear of losing the trust of the immigrant community. The Obama administration, however, shirks its duty by failing to enforce current U.S. immigration laws that require prosecution of undocumented foreign nationals.

The United States was built as a nation of laws and a nation of immigrants. President Obama, by failing to enforce U.S. immigration laws, imperils the life, liberty, and pursuit of happiness of native-born citizens and of legal immigrants.

James H. Walsh was associate general counsel with the U.S. Department of Justice Immigration and Naturalization Service from 1983 to 1994. Read more reports from James Walsh — Click Here Now.

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Among the excuses offered by sanctuary states is their fear of losing the trust of the immigrant community. The Obama administration, however, shirks its duty by failing to enforce current U.S. immigration laws that require prosecution of undocumented foreign nationals.
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