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Sanctuary Cities and States Are a Fictional Creation

Sanctuary Cities and States Are a Fictional Creation

Monday, 18 March 2019 11:58 AM Current | Bio | Archive

The United States is a federal Republic. Article VI, Clause 2 of the United States Constitution grants Federal laws supremacy over state and municipal laws.

Democrat politicians on the national level support and encourage Democrats in states and cities to make their local jurisdictions sanctuaries for foreign nationals who are in the country illegally. This sanctuary scheme is illegal, immoral, and dangerous.

Sanctuary is a myth that Democrats, immigrant advocates, coastal elitists, and the news media created. Sanctuary cities and states have no Constitutional nor legal basis.

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit upheld the convictions of sanctuary workers for violating the immigration laws involving the smuggling of non-citizens into the United States while saying the aliens were refugees. It violates the law to transport, conceal, harbor, and shield undocumented aliens. A sanctuary claim is no defense (U.S. v. Aquilar, 1989).

In 2002, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit denied sanctuary as a defense for a person charged with bringing a non-citizen into the United States without inspection — illegally (U.S. v. Francine La May).

Historically, the ancient Greeks and Romans had forms of sanctuary where criminals using temples of worship were protected from punishment until the user gave up and was tried and convicted or freed.

In 392 A.D., sanctuary was officially recognized by the Theodosian Code, but limited sanctuary to the altar of the Church. The Anglo-Saxon code of laws, complied by Ethelbert, King of Kent, in 597 officially recognized sanctuary. Ine, King of the West Saxons issued sanctuary laws during his reign, 688-725.

The Roman Catholic Church in the Middle Ages continued the Greek and Roman practice of extending sanctuary to all criminals who enter a church for sanctuary, however, the practice died out by the 1600s. European sanctuary was for individual criminals, not waves of foreign nationals disregarding a nation’s sovereignty and laws.

Sanctuary was not part of the common law brought to the New World, and the pilgrims did not consider the new land a sanctuary.

American sanctuary advocates refer to biblical passages to justify their actions. They quote Leviticus, “The stranger who sojourns with you shall be to you as the native among you.” Ironically, the same people who espouse sanctuary with its religious connection and protection also support the “separation of church and state” concept.

The idea that sanctuary was on the minds of America’s Founding Fathers is false. Nowhere was it mentioned in the Federalist Papers nor in the record of the Federal Convention, nor in the debate on the adoption of the Constitution.

During the Civil War and the days of the “underground railroad” assisting slaves escaping to the North, no effort was made to institute the concept of sanctuary for the freed slaves.

Sanctuary was unheard of in America until the late 1960s.

As part of the objection to the Vietnam War begun by President Lyndon Johnson (D), the concept of sanctuary arose to protect draft dodgers, but no claim was made for legal approval of sanctuary.

The illegality of the act, an act of civil disobedience, gave sanctuary its symbolic power confronting the war.

In two federal court decisions (U.S. v. Beyer, 1970 and Bridge v. Davis, 1972) a deserter and Selective Service violators were arrested in churches. Yet, a sanctuary defense was never raised. Thus, in the 1970s sanctuary was a mere symbolic gesture.

In the 1980s, the sanctuary myth was adopted by advocates for undocumented aliens allegedly fleeing civil war in Central America countries. Then, Mexican nationals seeking economic opportunities in America claimed the sanctuary myth.

Beginning in 1987, the numbers of illegal aliens entering the United States rose, as open-borders advocates promoted sanctuary for all foreigners. State and local politicians in Democrat strongholds began to realize that illegal aliens meant votes and the sanctuary myth gave the aliens validity and politicians cover.

Today, the corrupt state and local officials continue selling their integrity for retention in office. The officials promulgated a myth: sanctuary for all illegal aliens is a humanitarian act. In reality, sanctuary policies reduce substantial vetting for illegal aliens which in turn encourages illegal alien criminal gangs to locate in sanctuary cities and states, and cause increased costs of criminal justice systems. The myth of sanctuary negates assimilation while promoting ethnic segregation.

The most dangerous risk of the sanctuary myth is the internal disintegration of the American identity, culture, ethos, heritage, and future due to a lawless sanctuary existence. Arthur Schlesinger, Jr., the famous liberal intellectual in "The Disuniting of America" concluded that multiculturalism, “the cult of ethnicity,” was dividing the country and illegal immigration was factor.

Today’s Socialist-Democrats violate the Constitution with their sanctuary city and state policies. They cause a world of hurt for American citizens.

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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