I don’t know what’s more irritating — the fact we have millions of illegal aliens running loose in this country, or the legions of our own citizens who see nothing wrong with having undocumented people here.
Most irritating in that regard are officials of so-called sanctuary cities who are openly defying federal law by harboring illegals with criminal records — including those who kill or otherwise victimize innocent people.
This treasonous defiance by the mayors of New York City, Chicago and others is well-documented, and this week they gained some accomplices in Des Moines, Iowa, and Phoenix, Arizona.
Officials of Des Moines Public Schools voted to allow educational facilities there to serve as “sanctuaries” for undocumented students. Their action prohibits school staff members from cooperating with federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) authorities, stating that “schools shall not permit ICE officials to access students, their families or district staff and contractors at schools.”
School personnel also will not be able to ask about a student’s citizenship and must provide education to all regardless of immigration status.
“Youth have lost hope, they think that they can be deported at any time, or that their parents can be deported at any time,” whined a supporter of the measure, Sandra Sanchez, advocacy director of the pro-illegal immigration American Friends Service Committee’s Immigrants Voice Program.
Well, all I can say to that is waah, waah, waah — if the possibility of deportation wasn’t in the back of those parents’ minds when they illegally entered our borders in the first place, it should have been.
As if the idiocy in Des Moines wasn’t bad enough, there was another situation in Phoenix which was equally deplorable.
Protests were sparked there this week when a 36-year-old woman was sent back to Mexico after being taken into custody by ICE agents. The woman had been convicted of felony identity theft and was deported in the wake of President Trump’s executive order last month to expel undocumented immigrants who’ve committed criminal offenses.
You’d think citizens of Phoenix would be happy to get rid of such a person, but instead there were protests outside its ICE office and people tried to stop a van which was carrying the woman from crossing the border. Seven were arrested as a result.
I wonder how many of those protesters would act so leniently and caring if a legal American resident had stolen their identities, as the deportee had?
This week’s events in Iowa and Arizona further punctuate the fact that a sense of madness is running rampant in the U.S. whereby right is now wrong, up is now down, etc.
It’s one thing for misguided protesters to so willingly hit the streets to protect people who’ve not only entered the country illegally, but engaged in more crimes while here. Americans certainly have differing philosophical views about illegal immigrants and how far we should go to help them (or not).
Yet it’s thoroughly inexcusable for mayors and other elected officials of major cities to oppose federal immigration authorities by maintaining safe havens for illegals who’ve committed major offenses.
I mean, these people held up their hands and took an oath to obey the laws when assuming office, and here they are picking and choosing which to actually follow based on their flavor-of-the-month political views.
President Trump is absolutely right in threatening to deny federal funding to these sanctuary cities, and I submit that he should go even farther to cut the defiant ones off at their knees.
I advocate sending National Guard troops to those places to (a) assure that illegals who have committed crimes are detained or deported according to the law and (b) arrest or shoot anyone who tries to prevent that.
Of course, this conjures up those days when the National Guard was mobilized in states such as Alabama and Mississippi to ensure African-American students could attend school or civil rights advocates could march.
That was certainly a justifiable action, and I believe a similar hard-line stance toward sanctuary cities is needed just as much today.
While it was important to allow minority kids to access their right to an equal public education, it is also vital to ensure sanctuary cities aren’t able to shield criminals who deserve to be imprisoned or deported rather than running free and threatening society.
Tom Joyce is a staff writer for The Mount Airy News. He may be reached at 336-415-4693 or on Twitter @Me_Reporter.