Tancredo: Memo to Mayors and Governors: Sanctuary Cities Protect Gangs and Rapists, Not Citizens

The organized outrage over President-elect Trump’s plans to deport up to 2,000,000 criminal aliens has the look and smell of identity politics. How and why convicted criminals became a privileged political constituency instead of over law abiding legal immigrants remains a mystery. The identity politics behind “sanctuary cities” failed Hillary Clinton miserably, and it may yet prove to be the Achilles heel of big city Democrat mayors as well. There’s a new sheriff in town, and he has both the law and public opinion on his side. Sanctuary city advocates in Los Angeles, Denver, Atlanta, New York and other cities are about to be confronted by a Congress and federal law enforcement agencies united in a simple mission: to enforce the law. News bulletin: Deporting criminal aliens is not a new concept. It was accepted policy across the nation until Political Correctness replaced common sense. Are citizens in rebellion against deporting the 6,000-plus criminal aliens currently serving jail terms in Colorado’s local jails and state prison facilities? No, only the political establishment finds the idea repugnant. Memo to Governors Brown, Hickenlooper and Cuomo: Your political stupidity is no longer protected by the Obama White House and Justice Department. You will soon experience the full force of federal law enforcement backed by congressional funding prohibitions and public outrage over your criminally negligent behavior. The Trump administration and Congress understand that sanctuary city policies have nothing to do with protecting children and families. Obstructing the legitimate enforcement of federal immigration law is about protecting convicted criminals from the consequences of their criminal behavior. Urban politicians will soon learn there are consequences for their criminally negligent behavior as well. There is considerable hypocrisy in the statements issued this past week by mayors and governors proclaiming, “We will not help federal officials enforce federal immigration law.”

Indeed!!  This outstanding op/ed was written by former Colorado Congressman Tom Tancredo (R-CO).  As many of you know, I’ve had the pleasure of talking with Tom on several occasions over the years.  To read the rest of Tom’s article, click on the text above.

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