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Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced today that if state and local governments want to continue to receive billions of dollars in grants from the Justice Department – such as support for victims of last year’s mass shooting at a gay nightclub in Orlando – they must certify they’re not “sanctuary” states and cities. In other words, they have to turn their police officers into agents of federal immigration authorities.
Sessions said sanctuary cities and states are “more at risk for violence and crime.”
Baloney, for at least 3 reasons:
1.Turning state and local police into immigration agents invites more crime because it diverts limited time and resources to rounding up unauthorized immigrants.
2. Unauthorized immigrants commit crimes at a lower rate than native-born citizens, so it makes even less sense for local and state police to spend their time and resources rounding them up.
3. Such dragnets also make it less likely unauthorized immigrants will voluntarily come forth with information about crimes, out of fear they’ll be deported. This imperils the safety of entire communities as well as the safety of unauthorized immigrants and their families.
Either Sessions doesn’t know this and is therefore a fool, or he knows it and is threatening “sanctuary” cities and states nonetheless because he wants to further Trump’s ideological agenda, in which case he’s a knave.
Fool or knave, which is it? What do you think?