It is disconcerting to witness the growing number of local and state politicians who are preening and strutting before their political choirs as they pronounce they will defy federal law and turn themselves into “sanctuary” cities, towns and even states in order to protect illegal aliens. In Vermont, a growing number of cities and towns are ready to declare themselves Sanctuaries to protect people from deportation proceedings who are in this country illegally.
On Monday, Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced that Justice Department grants will be withheld from cities defying federal law by not cooperating with Immigration authorities. In a strongly worded address, Sessions pressed cities to comply with immigration enforcement laws or face the consequences. “Today, I am urging states and local jurisdictions to comply with [federal laws]” mandating that states and cities work in conjunction with immigration officers to reduce illegal immigration,” Sessions said. Sessions said that jurisdictions that have already received funds in the past, but who have refused to cooperate with federal law, could have that money clawed back. In other words, not only would they see a halt to new money, but they could be forced to pay back money already received and presumably spent.
It is notable that the laws Sessions plans to enforce and that are being called outrageous by Democrats are the very same laws under which the Obama administration operated. The Washington Examiner reports that Democratic Party chief Tom Perez lashed out at the Trump administration for enforcing the law: “This administration not only is trying to bully law enforcement and make them ICE agents, but they’re trying to bully immigrant families. This is not who we are as a country,” said Perez. What Perez has forgotten is that President Obama enforced similar policies when he worked with House Republicans to cut “some federal funding to sanctuary cities” who don’t comply with immigration laws.
But that doesn’t stop Democrats, who have become the party of the lawless in recent years. New York Mayor Bill DiBlasio, the poster-boy for lawlessness, said, “We’re going to defend all of our people regardless of where they come from, regardless of their immigration status.” Boston Mayor Marty Walsh agrees, “To anyone who feels threatened today or vulnerable, you are safe in Boston.” Great. Illegal aliens are safe and sound in Boston and New York, but how about their victims? The Federation for American Immigration Reform’s (FAIR) website chronicles the heartbreaking stories of people who have been killed by illegals. They illustrate, in tragic detail, that “Illegal immigration is not a victimless crime. All across the country, Americans are having their lives forever changed by criminal aliens.”
Maybe it comes as a surprise to the Trump administration that the Democrats would behave in such as ungovernable and anarchic way. It is certainly shocking for the rest of us to watch elected officials – American officials – refuse to obey federal law. It brings into serious question where their priorities lie, when protecting illegals is more important than protecting the safety and security of the citizens they represent.
As Vermonters, we can hold our own elected officials accountable. And we certainly should do so, by demanding they act like the adults we thought we elected, and not like virtue signaling college students.