Tag Archives: sanctuary cities

Sessions blasts Chicago for federalist policies, touts Miami-Dade's Good Germanry

Source: Fox News

"Attorney General Jeff Sessions praised Miami-Dade on Wednesday for shedding its 'sanctuary' status, while using a visit to the Florida county to draw a sharp contrast with Chicago — painting the city as a crime-ridden cautionary tale for its refusal to cooperate with the administration's illegal [sic] immigrant crackdown. … Sessions and others in the administration have repeatedly tried to link violent crime to illegal [sic] immigration — though mayors of sanctuary cities across the country have pushed back. There are an estimated 200 to 608 local and state governments with some sort of sanctuary policy in place — however, their degree of cooperation varies. Some work with federal authorities on felony convictions while others only comply in civil investigations. There are a few places that refuse to cooperate altogether." (08/16/17)


Sanctuary cities and the rule of law

Source: LewRockwell.com
by Andrew P Napolitano

"The concept of a sanctuary city does not mean it is a place where federal law is unenforced by the feds. Rather, it is a place where local authorities have elected not to spend their tax dollars helping the feds to enforce federal law. The term 'sanctuary city' is not a legal term but a political one. … Can local authorities refuse to help the feds enforce federal law? In a word, yes. There is no legal obligation on the part of local authorities to help the feds with manpower or resources or data to enforce federal law within the jurisdiction of those local authorities. During the Clinton administration, when Congress passed legislation that directed local law enforcement to enforce a federal gun registration scheme, the Supreme Court invalidated the statute. It ruled that the feds cannot commandeer local and state officials and compel them to enforce federal laws; the feds can enforce their own laws." (08/10/17)


Chicago to file federal lawsuit over sanctuary cities threat

Source: Miami Herald

"Mayor Rahm Emanuel says Chicago will continuing fighting President Donald Trump's immigration policies with a lawsuit alleging it's illegal for the government to withhold public safety grants from so-called sanctuary cities. The federal lawsuit is expected to be filed Monday. A day earlier Emanuel said Chicago won't 'be blackmailed' into changing its values as a welcoming city." (08/07/17)


US court hears challenge on Texas law to punish sanctuary cities

Source: US News & World Report

"A small border town and some of the largest cities in Texas will ask a federal judge on Monday to block a new state law to punish 'sanctuary cities,' arguing it promotes racial profiling, diverts resources from police and is unconstitutional. The Republican-backed law in Texas, the U.S. state with the longest border with Mexico, takes effect on Sept. 1. It is the first of its kind since Republican Donald Trump became president in January, promising to crack down on illegal immigration [sic]. … The law known as Senate Bill 4 calls for jail time for police chiefs and sheriffs who fail to cooperate in U.S. immigration enforcement." (06/26/17)


Sanctuary cities are not the new nullification crisis

Source: Independent Institute
by William J Watkins Jr.

"In trying to discredit the sanctuary city movement, conservatives show an ignorance of history and mislead the public. Big government is too often in tune with the right’s agenda, and conservatives don’t want anything to interfere with expanding federal power." (05/23/17)


US DoJ narrows scope of "sanctuary cities" executive order

Source: National Public Radio [US state media]

"Attorney General Jeff Sessions is narrowing the scope of an executive order on so-called sanctuary cities. A federal judge in California last month blocked a key part of that order, reasoning that the Trump administration had overstepped by threatening to yank federal money from those places. In the new memo, the attorney general defines the cities narrowly — as places that 'willfully refuse to comply' with federal law. Sessions also made clear the threats apply only to a modest pool of grants administered by the Justice Department and the Department of Homeland Security, not the entire stream of U.S. funding for states and localities." (05/22/17)


TX: Abbot signs bill implementing big-government anti-federalist authoritarianism vis a vis sanctuary cities

Source: CNN

"Texas Gov. Greg Abbott on Sunday signed a bill that would ban sanctuary cities in his state. The bill, which Abbott could be seen signing on Facebook Live Sunday evening, establishes criminal and civil penalties for local government entities and law enforcement that don't comply with immigration laws and detention requests, the governor's office said. The new measure would fine government entities up to $25,500 for each day the law is violated. It would also result in a misdemeanor charge for sheriffs, police chiefs and constables who fail to comply with detention requests and in removal from office for elected and appointed officials, Abbott's office said." (05/08/17)


TX: Idiot pols pass repeal of federalism in name of "rule of law"

Source: Santa Fe New Mexican

"The Texas Legislature on Wednesday passed a ban on sanctuary cities that allows police officers to ask about a person’s immigration status and threatens sheriffs and police chiefs with jail time if they don’t work with federal authorities. Republican Gov. Greg Abbott has pledged to sign the bill into law, which could now come quickly. The GOP-led Senate passed the bill despite objections from Democrats, who call the bill a 'show-me-your-papers' measure that will be used to discriminate against Latinos. … 'This is about the rule of law. It’s always been about the rule of law,' said bill sponsor Sen. Charles Perry, a Republican from Lubbock." (05/04/17)


The sanctuary cities ruling is much ado about nothing

Source: Cato Institute
by Ilya Shapiro

"Yesterday, a federal judge in San Francisco blocked President Trump’s executive order on 'sanctuary cities' because it undermines federalism and the separation of powers. So this is just the latest example of an executive action whose policy reach exceeds the president’s constitutional grasp, right? Or, as the White House argued, it’s judicial activism, with plaintiffs shopping for friendly judges who will stymie this president? Well, not so fast. While a broad reading of the executive order — one that purports to give sweeping authority to withhold and even 'claw back' funds of all sorts from states and cities that don’t comply with federal bidding — is indeed a constitutional dead letter (for reasons Ilya Somin explains), that’s not how the executive branch itself has understood or implemented the order." (04/26/17)


Federal judge blocks Trump's sanctuary cities order

Source: The Hill

"A San Francisco judge has blocked enforcement of President Trump’s executive order barring federal funds from so-called sanctuary cities. San Francisco and Santa Clara County won preliminary injunctions to block Trump’s January order to withhold federal funds from cities that refuse to comply with federal authorities in enforcing immigration laws, according to multiple reports. According to the judge’s order, the Justice Department can still withhold grants from places that don’t comply with the law, but it cannot enforce the order 'in a way that violates the Constitution,' according to a Washington Post reporter." (04/25/17)