Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Sanctuary Cities Invite Terrorists Into Our Nation

In the wake of the San Francisco murder of Kate Steinle by serial illegal immigrant Francisco Sanchez — a story garnering national headline attention — the spotlight on immigration debate has now shifted to sanctuary policies that some 275 U.S. cities have adopted to protect illegal aliens from the reach of federal law enforcement.
Map: Sanctuary Cities, Counties and States 
The sanctuary movement began in the 1980s as an extension of the "underground railroad" to help illegal aliens from El Salvador and Guatemala.
But it was more than that. In addition to giving safe haven for the oppressed of foreign lands, the movement was seen by its leaders as part of a Democratic Party vanguard spearheading U.S. demographic and political change by increasing the number of illegal immigrants.
In practice today, cities that have adopted the sanctuary status often instruct their employees to avoid notifying the federal government of the presence of illegal aliens living in their communities.
Adopting sanctuary status also blurs the distinction between legal resident aliens and illegal aliens, thereby enabling illegals to benefit from taxpayer-funded government services and programs.
Michael Cutler, a lifelong Democrat and former career professional with the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service, can't understand the Obama administration's executive order on immigration and its accommodation of sanctuary cities.
"Why on earth," Cutler asks, "would the U.S. government embark on a program of providing documentation to aliens who evade our borders and the lawful inspections process that (is) supposed to prevent the entry of aliens whose presence would be problematic for the United States — including international terrorists and transnational criminals?"
President Obama has given sanctuary cities free rein to ignore detention orders from the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) through his new so-called Priority Enforcement Program, which allows local agencies to disregard ICE notifications of deportable aliens in their custody and substitute those with "requests for notification."
Read the rest of the IBD op-ed HERE.

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