Sarah Saldana, the Director of Immigration and Customs Enforcement, told a Senate Judiciary Committee this week that her agency would not do anything about sanctuary cities like San Francisco until Congress puts comprehensive immigration reform through to law.
Senator David Vitter of Louisiana asked Saldana about cities that refused to work with federal authorities. “This has been going on for years and you still are not prepared to say that there is ever going to be any negative consequence to those jurisdictions. When is that going to change?”
“I presume when you all address comprehensive immigration reform, perhaps it can be addressed there,” Saldana replied.
Vitter said that answer was “ridiculous,” asking her if they were prepared to do anything about sanctuary cities in the absence of immigration reform.
“That’s what I understand that all of you are working on,” she said, apparently unwilling to break with the president’s agenda.
Liberals wondering why Donald Trump has enjoyed such enormous popularity among conservatives need look no further to find the answer. He may be brash, rude, and abrasive, but he’s one of the only politicians willing to stand up and tell the truth. And what is it that he wants that is so controversial? Trump simply wants America’s existing immigration laws to be enforced. Is that really so much to ask? Is it fair to call millions of Americans racist for endorsing that kind of policy?
The president is not the king. In America, the law is supposed to be the final word. Congress has already passed immigration laws. Until such a time that those laws are replaced, there is no reason they should not be enforced. Cities that refuse to follow the law should be penalized accordingly. All this talk about Texas secessionists and “dangerous” sovereign citizens, and you have cities that act as miniature fiefdoms all over the U.S. Follow the law, don’t follow the law, they simply decide for themselves.
No one expects to live in a country that is 100% safe. You take a risk every time you get out of bed in the morning. But Americans have the right to expect that they can at least be safe from people who shouldn’t be here in the first place. We have the right to expect that the law of the land will be enforced.
Liberals want us to believe that anyone who opposes immigration is a racist. That’s absurd. We don’t oppose immigration and we don’t oppose Hispanics. We oppose illegal immigration, though, and we strongly oppose an administration that chooses to ignore the law as it is written. If there is something morally questionable about such a position, so be it. It’s the kind of philosophy that kept our nation strong and safe for a very long time. What will the new liberal philosophy do for us?
Maybe that’s a question Katie Steinle’s parents can answer.