The Democrats are determined to swell the roles of Democrat voters by hook or by crook. That includes keeping criminal immigrants and illegal aliens in the U.S. to commit more crimes by establishing sanctuary cities and not reporting illegal aliens who commit crimes, which is quite simply a violation of federal law. The Obama administration has corrupted the Department of Justice so that it is just another arm of the Left, which will naturally lead to cynicism and distrust among citizens regarding a federal department that should be scrupulously non-political and honest. At least in a recent decision, the Inspector General of the Justice Department is willing to recognize the law regarding criminals in the U.S.
The Inspector General for the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) waited almost two months to release a report that finds that several jurisdictions are violating the law because of their sanctuary jurisdiction policies. “The Obama Administration,” says the chairman of the Subcommittee on Immigration and The National Interest, “has a plain duty to cut off law enforcement funds to any jurisdiction that violates this responsibility to ensure the deportation of criminal aliens.”
“After a two-month delay, the Department of Justice’s Inspector General, its internal watchdog, has published a memorandum finding that the practices of sanctuary jurisdictions violate federal law. This opinion must bring an end to the excuses proffered by numerous Democratic leaders to defend the extreme and dangerous practices of sanctuary jurisdictions,” said U.S. Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL) who serves as chairman of the subcommittee.
The Inspector General issued the memorandum on May 31st but it was posted to the oig.justice.gov website on July 28th. The memorandum was issued to the Department of Justice’s Office of Justice Programs and reported that there were large states and localities whose operation of sanctuary jurisdiction policies violate federal law. These jurisdictions are receiving hundreds of millions of dollars in federal grant funds. These jurisdictions included Cook County, Illinois; New York; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and the State of California.
The senator from Alabama called the Inspector General’s decision “sound,” and stated that the memorandum “firmly settles the question.”
“It is a simple fact that aliens lawfully here, and of course those unlawfully here, must be deported promptly upon their conviction for criminal offenses. Failure to do so places whole communities at risk, especially immigrant communities in those sanctuary jurisdictions. Yet the Obama Administration has been totally ineffective in confronting these policies that dramatically undermine the enforcement of our immigration laws. Too often, we have heard comments such as ‘sanctuary cities have a place in America’ to justify this unjustifiable practice. The Obama Administration has a plain duty to cut off law enforcement funds to any jurisdiction that violates this responsibility to ensure the deportation of criminal aliens,” said Sessions.
Sen. Sessions notes that the Obama Administration “has emboldened” sanctuary jurisdictions with its systematic dismantling of immigration enforcement.”
Democrat presidential candidate Hillary Clinton has long supported sanctuary city policies. As reported by Breitbart News, on Sept. 6, 2007 at Dartmouth College while debating in her last attempt to become president, then-Sen. Hillary Clinton endorsed sanctuary city policies saying they help ensure the “personal safety and security of all the citizens.” The article includes a video of Clinton saying, “If local law enforcement begins to act like immigration officers what that means is that you will have people not reporting crimes. You will have people hiding from the police. And I think that is a real direct threat to the personal safety and security of all the citizens. So this is a result of the failure of the federal government and that’s where it needs to be fixed.” When asked to clarify if that means she supports the sanctuary cities policy Clinton replied, “Well, I don’t think there is any choice.”
Breitbart News’ Tom Tancredo reported on July 9, 2016, “If allowing 200,000 criminal aliens to escape deportation sounds like a good idea to you, you should be wearing a Hillary for President button.” “On immigration law enforcement, instead of a ‘zero tolerance’ policy we have a zero worry policy. Instead of ‘see something, say something,’ we now have ‘see nothing, say nothing.’” He added, “This is the policy Hillary Clinton embraces, cheers and celebrates. If she becomes President Clinton, we will no longer be debating what to do about Sanctuary Cities. We will have become a Sanctuary Nation.”
It is outrageous that the Democrat party has decided they can pick and choose which laws to enforce and which ones they prefer not to. It should anger everyone in this country to realize that the Obama administration is willing to put citizens at risk of rape, murder, and other violence simply for political gain. It seems that Democrats are members of their party first, and citizens of this country second. This is a small step, and it remains to be seen if it will be enforced. But to harbor criminals in order to swell the roles of political constituents is infuriating and must stop.