I have been seeing a lot of stories on the web about punishing “sanctuary cities”. Stories like this one.
“We intend to use all the lawful authorities we have to make sure our state and local officials … are in sync with the federal government,” Sessions said.
Really? Is that what this is all about? Making states and city government not just comply with federal law, but be in sync with them too? When did that become a conservative value? That isn’t what I want. The right answer is to comply with the law, not to comply with ideological bias.
“Moreover, the Department of Justice will require that jurisdictions seeking or applying for Department of Justice grants to certify compliance with [relevant laws] as a condition of receiving those awards,” he added.
In the current fiscal year, Department of Justice’s Office of Justice Programs is slated to award $4.1 billion in grants.
That’s not what I want at all. I want the government to stop all of those grants to every city, all the time. Cities should pay their own expenses. I don’t want the government using MY money to bribe some cities and punish others based on the performance of city managers.
This is just one example for why it was a bad idea to give that money to the cities in the first place. Federal strings attached. Nothing good comes from that. And frankly, I’m tired of paying that bill.
Here’s what the government should do about “sanctuary cities”:
- Nothing at all. A city is not violating the law by being a “sanctuary city”.
- Enforce the law. If people, who have names, commit crimes, you get a warrant, arrest them, give them a trial with a jury and, if found guilty, they suffer a penalty, under the law. A whole city can’t break a law. Laws only apply to people.
- Uphold the law. When a Mayor or city manager declares his city a “sanctuary city”, he has not broken the law, nor has he conspired to break the law. His declaration has no effect. Federal law enforcement agencies can still enter the city and enforce the laws, makes arrests of illegal persons and remove them from the cities. Thus, the declaration has no effect other than making the mayor signal his virtue and feel good about himself while the ICE rounds up his cook, gardener and baby sitter.
- Obey the law. Where the law grants money to cities for a purpose, the government should obey it’s own law to spend that money on that purpose. My preference is to change the law and stop spending the money, but until the law changes, giving that money to that city for that authorized purpose is the right answer.
- Enforce the law. Where illegal aliens can be found, they should be arrested and deported. The Federal government does not need the cities or states to assist in accomplishing this function. They have all the resources they need to do this.
- Enforce the law. In those rare situations when a mayor or city manager does violate a federal law, ARREST that person and prosecute them. Not the city. The person who actually violates the law.
See a pattern?