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Sanctuary Cities

James A. Watkins is an entrepreneur, musician, and a writer with four non-fiction books and hundreds of magazine articles read by millions.


What is a Sanctuary City?

A Sanctuary City is a place where Democrat politicians grant illegal alien criminals immunity from deportation. There are hundreds of such cities, counties, and states. Hard-core leftist Democrats staff most colleges and universities, and so also provide sanctuary.

Democrats who offer sanctuary refuse to uphold the law, rebel against the federal government, endanger the lives of American citizens, treat illegal aliens better than Americans, and invite, entice, and lure more illegal aliens to come. They want to fill their cities with them because it gives them political power.

Chicago was the first city to become a sanctuary when Mayor Harold Washington proclaimed Executive Order 85-1 in 1984. The order also put illegal aliens equal to Chicago citizens when it came to welfare benefits. Thus, illegal immigration was officially encouraged with free food, housing, medical care, education, and protection from being deported. Chicago has since gone from 2% Hispanic to 47%. The average illegal alien family draws tens of thousands of dollars in benefits.

New York soon followed suit. Before long, the big, decaying northern cities of America became obsessed with promoting illegal immigration to stop the decline of their populations. That is because their level of political power, and the federal funds they receive, are based on population numbers.

Eighty Percent of American citizens oppose Sanctuary Cities, a Harvard Harris poll reveals. We, the People, are supposed to be running this joint.

Sanctuary Cities and Counties

Sanctuary Cities and Counties

What is the Law?

Democrats object to the word 'alien.' There is nothing wrong with the term. Federal law 8 USC § 1101(a)(3) defines it as “a person who is not an American citizen.” An illegal alien is a person who is in the United States without permission, according to United States Code, Title 8, §1365(b). It is a crime to cross our borders without permission. It is a crime to work in America if you are an illegal alien. It is a crime not to leave if you have no authority to stay.

A Sanctuary City encourages and demonstrates a disregard for the law—indeed demonizes the law—and elevates lawbreakers to a strange sort of hero status.

A Yale/MIT study concludes that more than 22 million illegal aliens are in America. California alone has 10 million of them, according to its Democrat Attorney General.

What is supposed to happen is, local, county, and state police should cooperate with federal immigration authorities. They should notify ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement) if they arrest an illegal alien, and turn them over to be deported. There are almost two million illegal aliens in America who have already been given deportation orders by a court. Many more have pending deportation orders. They refuse to leave and are sheltered by Sanctuary Cities.

Taking custody of a criminal inside a jail is the safest way. Refusing to allow ICE to do so means they must search for illegal alien criminals out in the community to arrest them. It is a far more dangerous proposition that puts agents and bystanders in peril.

8 U.S. Code § 1373 states, “A Federal, State, or local government entity or official may not prohibit, or in any way restrict, any government entity or official from sending to, or receiving from, the Immigration and Naturalization Service information regarding the citizenship or immigration status, lawful or unlawful, of any individual.” That is the law.

8 U.S. Code § 1324 declares it a felony to aid, abet, encourage or induce aliens to enter America illegally. And it is a felony to conceal, harbor, or shield illegal aliens. Sanctuary Cities are flat out breaking the law.

Also, federal law says that no alien may come into the United States if they suffer from a contagious disease, are mentally ill, are a convicted felon, are likely to require welfare benefits, or are seeking employment.

The Democrats who reward illegal immigration and protect criminals from deportation have all taken an oath to uphold the law, including federal law. These same people love to harp “No one is above the law,” when speaking of President Trump, yet they put tens of millions of illegal aliens above the law.


Sanctuary Cities Release Violent Criminals into our Communities

Eighty percent of illegal aliens released from jail in Sanctuary Cities will commit more crimes against American citizens. Every one of those crimes is 100% preventable, unlike any other category of crime.

In 2019, New York released 7,500 illegal aliens who had committed crimes, including murder and rape. ICE had requested that all of them be turned over to them. New York refused, even though these individuals were convicted of 17,873 crimes, with 6,500 more charges pending trial. The crimes include more than 200 murders, 1,000 rapes, 500 robberies, 3,500 assaults, 1,500 DUIs, and 1,000 weapons violations. They also include child molestation, drug dealing, arson, kidnapping, pornography that features children, and human trafficking.

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In the last two years, Orange County, California, released 2,100 illegal aliens back into the community, all of who had ICE detainers on them. Four hundred have already been arrested again for rape, child molestation, domestic violence, and other offenses. Maryland has recently suffered a rash of child rapes by illegal aliens; it protected from deportation.

Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot defended releasing an illegal alien child rapist from jail, to protect him from deportation. She explained, “We have said very clearly we are a welcoming city, a sanctuary city. Chicago Police Department will not cooperate with ICE on any immigration-related business. And that’s affected their ability to conduct immigration raids across the city. But that’s exactly our intention.”

A Texas study “identifies thousands of crimes that should not have occurred and thousands of victims that should not have been victimized because the perpetrators should not be here.” It found “215,000 criminal aliens in Texas jails were collectively charged with 566,000 offenses, including 1,167 homicides and 6,098 sexual assaults, with a total of 257,000 convictions.” California has twice as many illegal aliens in its jails, protected from deportation. ICE has been able to capture and deport 44 alien terrorists.

The illegal immigrant crime rate in this country should be zero.


Democrats Treat Illegal Aliens Better than American Citizens

Democrats treat illegal aliens better than American citizens. When an American commits a federal crime, no city provides sanctuary. Some judges have given illegals lighter sentences than Americans or lowered their offenses from a felony to a misdemeanor to prevent them from being deported. Some judges do not send illegals to jail at all if they fear ICE might get them—even when they have committed the same offenses for which Americans are routinely sent to prison.

California allows illegal aliens to drive without a license, without insurance, and without vehicle registration. An American would face arrest for the same violation. Illegals are permitted to ignore single-family dwelling laws, and openly use illegal power, water, and sewage hookups while Americans are hounded about the height of their mailboxes. The laws are applied so unequally that citizenship is less valuable than being an illegal.

A retired American is expected to live on $1500 a month social security—after a lifetime of paying taxes—while under Obama, newly arrived illegals were given three times as much.


The Reasons Why Democrats Aid and Abet Illegal Alien Criminals

Most Americans do not know that illegal aliens are represented in Congress and the Electoral College equal to citizens. You can bet Democrats know. That is precisely why they encourage illegals to come to the United States and shield them from removal in their Sanctuary Cities.

Political power for each state rests on who is counted in the representative numbers. Gaining or losing amounts means winning or losing political power in the House of Representatives and the Electoral College.

Illegal aliens were never intended to be represented in the House of Representatives and the Electoral College. That is why Democrats removed the "citizenship question" from the census and fought viciously to prevent President Trump from putting it back on, where it existed for almost all of our history.

Besides, the amount of federal funds a state or city receives is based on those same population numbers. The more illegals, the more money.

The biggest prize of all is voting. The FBI found 100,000 illegal votes cast in Chicago in just one election. Many Democrat states give illegals a driver’s license that just so happens to register them to vote as well, automatically. And the Democrats figure that someday the tens of millions of illegal aliens they have protected from deportment will be granted asylum and citizenship so they can vote legally.

Studies show that 90% of illegal aliens would vote for Democrats, and 80% of legal immigrants vote for Democrats. The Democrats are trading the wealth and safety of American taxpayers for future voters that can give them permanent political power over America.


Democrats Invite, Entice, and Lure Aliens to Come Illegally

During the Obama years, leftist organizations spread the word for him and his Democrats that all people of Central and South America were welcome to come live in the United States. All they had to do was make it across the border and proceed immediately to a Sanctuary City, County, or State.

Not only would they never have to leave America despite being here illegally, but they and their children and grandchildren would also receive from American taxpayers cradle-to-grave sustenance, free education, medical care, and a host of other benefits, including college grants and loans. In California, an illegal can become a lawyer and practice law.

Democrats today say there is no difference between an American citizen and an illegal alien—except the illegals deserve extra protection, benefits, and affirmative action. They refer to illegal aliens as ‘immigrants’—a lie. An immigrant is defined as a person with permission to move into a new country. The Left has always been expert at confusing people with propaganda and euphemism, and making words suddenly mean the opposite of what they always meant to cause mass cognitive dissonance.

The word has gone out around the world, come here illegally, you can stay, we will stop the immigration authorities from doing their jobs, and we will reward you for breaking our immigration laws.


What We Should Do

We should end illegal immigration altogether by building a border wall, enforcing harsh penalties for employing illegals, and stiff jail terms followed by deportation for those who sneak in or overstay their visa. Illegal aliens should certainly not count towards federal appropriations, or representation in Congress or the Electoral College. Stronger laws should prevent illegals from voting, such as making voting at the polls with identification required.

We have many laws on the books, but Democrats just ignore them. Executive Orders to clamp down on illegals being in our country, voting, or receiving welfare benefits, are met with lawsuits by Democrats that get tied up in court for years.

The only people who should be allowed to move to the United States should be those who would help preserve our national unity and demonstrate that they love America. They should have abilities and personal characteristics that would improve society's economic and moral life. Protecting American citizens from unemployment and lowered wages; littered streets; overburdened infrastructure, schools, and hospitals; disease and violent crime is the primary job of our government.

We, the People, are supposed to be running this place. In 1994, the Save Our State Initiative, also known as California Proposition 187, passed by a landslide, with 59% of the votes. It meant that illegal aliens were thereby prohibited by law from using non-emergency health care, public education, and any social services. For the record, 63% of whites voted for the initiative, 50% of blacks, 50% of Asians, and 23% of Hispanics. (Today, by the way, over 60% of all those groups are against illegal immigration.)

Of course, Democrats sued, and a far left-wing extreme extremist judge ruled the law unconstitutional. The bill was hung up on appeals for five years until the Democrats won the governorship. The new governor simply stopped the appeals, and the law died. One judge overrode what over five million people decided by referendum.

But the best part is this: Do you know the argument Democrats used that the judge agreed with to overrule the Will of We the People? That it was an unconstitutional law because a state has no right to contradict the exclusive 100% jurisdiction over immigration that rightfully belongs to the Federal Government.


James A Watkins (author) from Chicago on June 04, 2020:

KC McGee ~ I sure appreciate you taking the time to read my work. Your comments are right on target as far as I am concerned. I especially like how you pointed out, "What ever happen to "no one is above the law." When an illegal alien is within the United Staes. He/She is commiting a crime the ENTIRE TIME they are within the borders of the United States." Well done!


KC McGee from Where I belong on June 04, 2020:

James A Watkins,

Nothing makes my blood boil faster than to see illegal aliens on America's streets protesting against our president. And what makes it far worse is the fact there are Americans standing side by side with them supporting their protest. What ever happen to "no one is above the law." When an illegal alien is within the United Staes. He/She is commiting a crime the ENTIRE TIME they are within the borders of the United States. If an illegal alien illegaly enters the United States a Second time (or more) they are commiting a FELONY the ENTIRE TIME the person is within the United States. How can that be acceptable in a country where no one is above the law.

James A Watkins (author) from Chicago on June 03, 2020:

Eric Dierker ~ Yes sir, I agree with you wholeheartedly. Brad is indeed a very bright and well researched gentleman.

Eric Dierker from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A. on June 01, 2020:

I thought I recognized Brad's style and demeanor. A very bright and well researched gentlemen.

James A Watkins (author) from Chicago on June 01, 2020:

PT ~ I cannot say that my name has benefitted my content. I do believe HubPages is open to non-writers, i.e., to READERS. What is the worth of my article? I suppose that depends on the eye of the beholder. I enjoy writing. I hope some people enjoy reading what I have written. I like to hear what people think of my work. The Global Warming hub is the only one I have like that where everything under the sun seems fair game. I don’t mind it. You have a right not to use your name. Others have the right to be irked by it, I suppose. I do not see asking why you don’t use your name as a personal attack. I see it as a legitimate question for the curious.

James A Watkins (author) from Chicago on June 01, 2020:

Randy Godwin ~ I have always used my real name. However, I was never particularly bothered by those who didn't. Pen names go way back, of course, in writing, e.g., the Federalist Papers. In the earlier days of HubPages it seems there might have been a majority of the writers using nom de guerre, e.g., Breakfast Pop. Now I do see that most are using real names, so maybe that is changing.

James A Watkins (author) from Chicago on May 31, 2020:

Eric Dierker ~ You pose an interesting question: Why does someone comment on articles using a fake name? I have no idea. I never have done so in my lifetime. Maybe PT can enlighten us as to why he doesn't use his real name, which is Brad something.

James A Watkins (author) from Chicago on May 31, 2020:

PT ~ That is funny: "Calling an Illegal Alien an "undocumented worker" is like calling a drug dealer an "undocumented pharmacist""

James A Watkins (author) from Chicago on May 31, 2020:

PT ~ No sir, I do not recall reading about the article for which you kindly provided a link: Obama administration rebukes sanctuary cities. Interesting.

James A Watkins (author) from Chicago on May 31, 2020:

PT ~ I fully support your idea of requiring REAL ID to vote.

James A Watkins (author) from Chicago on May 31, 2020:

Eric Dierker ~ YOU hit the nail on the head; "We all know it happens and we all know that the concept and impetus of sanctuary makes it a whole lot more likely and a whole lot larger in number." BRAVO!

James A Watkins (author) from Chicago on May 31, 2020:

Randy Godwin ~ The exact number is not known. As I said, conservative estimates are around 900,000 illegal alien votes in 2018 nationwide; liberal estimates I have seen run three to ten times that many. It is not zero, as you said it was, that's for sure. If they were not in our country it would be zero.

James A Watkins (author) from Chicago on May 31, 2020:

Eric Dierker ~ I hear you brother man.

James A Watkins (author) from Chicago on May 31, 2020:

PT ~ You made a good call here: “I think that this Sanctuary Cities article can also be logically connected to your Build the Wall Article. As I see it, the Sanctuary Cities Status is related to the Wall.” I agree totally. It was originally going to be one article but it was too long so I cut it in half and waiting a week before putting out this half of it.

The reason Democrats are pushing for felon voting is simple. Like everything they do, they frame it as their big heartedness when in fact it is for power. They know that over 90% of felons will vote for them. There are not a lot of conservatives in prison.

James A Watkins (author) from Chicago on May 31, 2020:

PT ~ You are quite welcome. Article I, Section 8.4 grants to Congress the exclusive right to establish a “uniform Rule of Naturalization, . . .” When a city or state creates any immigration-related “rule” that is not by Congress made uniform, it is in violation of the Constitution. Article VI of the Constitution causes more problems for the sanctuaries.

The second section of that article is called the “supremacy clause.” It states, “This Constitution and the Laws of the United States which shall be made in Pursuance thereof… shall be the supreme Law of the Land; and the Judges in every state shall be bound thereby, anything in the constitution or laws of any state to the Contrary notwithstanding.”

Moreover, people who entered this country illegally are by definition criminals and therefore enemies of the state. Giving them sanctuary is the same as giving them comfort and aid. Consequently, any legislator who has voted for sanctuary and any judicial or executive officer of any state who has attempted to enforce that state‘s laws against cooperation with the federal government has violated their oath. Under the Constitution, they should be removed from office.

However, those who favor Sanctuary Cities point out that The Federal Government does not control local law enforcement and cannot compel local law enforcement to act as immigration agents. Such local jurisdictions cannot be compelled by the federal government to cooperate with the enforcement of federal laws. This doctrine of constitutional law, known as “anti-commandeering,” was established in Printz v. United States. That case arose because the Brady Bill required local law enforcement officials to conduct various background checks on people seeking to buy guns. Montana sheriff Jay Printz and Arizona sheriff Richard Mack sued, arguing that such a command to enforce federal law was unconstitutional under the Tenth Amendment. Eventually the case reached the Supreme Court.

By a margin of 5–4, the conservatives on the court agreed with the sheriffs, and ruled that command unconstitutional. In the majority opinion, Justice Scalia wrote:

“Congress cannot compel the States to enact or enforce a federal regulatory program. Today we hold that Congress cannot circumvent that prohibition by conscripting the State's officers directly. The Federal Government may neither issue directives requiring the States to address particular problems, nor command the States' officers, or those of their political subdivisions, to administer or enforce a federal regulatory program. It matters not whether policymaking is involved, and no case by case weighing of the burdens or benefits is necessary; such commands are fundamentally incompatible with our constitutional system of dual sovereignty.”

Eric Dierker from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A. on May 31, 2020:

Randy on this one I must agree with you.

I was deciding that anonymous voting can damage our democracy. That is a given but it is one vote at a time.

Anonymous public comment can effect thousands at a time. Which is worse for democracy?

Running around looting with a mask? Technically this raises any misdemeanor to a felony. In other words we are aware of the increase damage one can do when acting in disguise. Without personal accountability.

James I think this should concern you.

Randy Godwin from Southern Georgia on May 30, 2020:

Join the crowd, Eric. As I stated earlier, it's akin to a Xtian witnessing behind a wall. LOL! Who will listen to the unknown entity? Not me, that's for damn shore!

Eric Dierker from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A. on May 30, 2020:

Perhaps I will come back but this deal with PT talking of identification but he has none here, rubs me wrong.

James A Watkins (author) from Chicago on May 30, 2020:

PT ~ The link you kindly provided to that interesting article about issuing drivers licenses to illegal aliens worked just fine. Thank you.

Eric Dierker from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A. on May 30, 2020:

If someone is skipping down the road thinking no illegal immigrants ever vote. Good for you. If someone is worried about the exact number, good for you.

But we all know if happens and we all know that the concept and impetus of sanctuary makes it a whole lot more likely and a whole lot larger in number.

People who support sanctuary notions need to just stand up and be a man and accept the negative consequences. Who cares to what degree. And of course there are some pros to the notion. But no one should support the ideas and then not accept the negative. That is anything but responsible.

Randy Godwin from Southern Georgia on May 30, 2020:

Yes, the number cannot be verified, James. So there's no real proof shown the voters were illegally casting votes. The link I provided said this as well. You can't claim they were illegal if it's not proven.

James A Watkins (author) from Chicago on May 30, 2020:

Randy Godwin ~ PT provided the best source possible: an official announcement from the Secretary of State of Texas. You counter with an article from a far left wing extreme newspaper. Fine. Your own article admits that the Secretary of State of Texas said just what I said he said. Then you accuse me of making it up. When your own article says, “Among the individuals flagged, about 58,000 individuals cast a ballot in one or more elections from 1996 to 2018, the secretary of state's office said.” So, you are arguing with your own article.

Anyway, your article quotes a couple people. Once poo-poos the 58,000 figure and say it is half that. Another says it is only 40% of that. Still, that would be 25,000-30,000 illegal aliens voting and you said it was NONE. Your own evidence says you are wrong. Even your far left wing extremists at Snopes do not dare say the 58,000 number is wrong. They say the number can’t be verified.

Eric Dierker from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A. on May 30, 2020:

Just saying with very long and repeated comments someone usurped this article.

Randy Godwin from Southern Georgia on May 30, 2020:

James, did you read the link I provided re the Texas voting? It put the lie to your claims of there being many illegal votes cast in Texas.

Not even close to what you claimed...

James A Watkins (author) from Chicago on May 30, 2020:

Eric Dierker ~ You ask a very good question: "I wonder why no rioting when an illegal alien kills a citizen." Consider the horrific rape-torture-murders of a white couple, Channon Christian and Christopher Newsom, which failed to even make the national news despite the unspeakable violence involved. There were no protests, no riots.

During the many hours that Christian and Newsom were held, they were repeatedly raped, sodomized, and tortured by a gang of five blacks. Channon Christian was beaten until she was brain-damaged, had Lysol poured down her throat, and was then wrapped in plastic bags and left to suffocate slowly, her body thrown in a trash bin. Newsom was shot, his body rolled in a rug and set alight.

Had the victims been black, and the perpetrators been white, no doubt cities would have been burnt down. Not everyone is civilized.

James A Watkins (author) from Chicago on May 30, 2020:

PT ~ The studies I have seen show that legal immigrants commit less crime than native-born Americans; illegal aliens commit more crime than native-born Americans. I think vetting comes into play there.

James A Watkins (author) from Chicago on May 30, 2020:

PT ~ I am not familiar with “While congress according to a 1931 SCOTUS case cannot force the states to follow Federal Law.” I’ll have to look that up. The thing is, though, Congress has no business telling a public school in Lickskillet, Tennessee, what to teach, according to the Constitution. However, they confiscate funds from the taxpayers of Lickskillet, and dangle federal funds for their schools IF they follow, voluntarily, of course, the Feds wishes. We should do the same thing with Sanctuary Cities. You want federal funding? Do what we say in regard to immigration.

James A Watkins (author) from Chicago on May 30, 2020:

PT ~ As you say, “The argument that we don't deport American Convicted Felons is absurd because it would mean deporting them back to their home country which is the US.” Yes, it is indeed absurd. Yet they make this and similar arguments all the time.

Sanctuary Cities are an open rebellion against the Rule of Law.

James A Watkins (author) from Chicago on May 30, 2020:

PT ~ You are most welcome. I see the radical change in the Democrat Party as coming about during the Presidency of Barack Hussein Obama. He was supposed to be a healer, lower the sea level, be the post-racial leader who would bring us all together. The Left always puts down such bait – that hides the poison of their real intentions. Instead of bring us together, the agenda became, “We have the power now. We will use every inch of it to subjugate those we despise, the Deplorables.”

You are spot on that “The Sanctuary Cities is their lynch pin to keep their current 20 plus million illegals in the country. The value of that is to give them the opportunity to Vote.”

Eric Dierker from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A. on May 29, 2020:

Wow, I read this stuff and am amazed how much we spend to just keep track of illegal immigrants voting. Sign me up for that job. Job security to the maximum with sanctuary cities.

Randy Godwin from Southern Georgia on May 29, 2020:

James, the actual truth about illegal voters in Texas is different than what you portrayed it. No surprise, of course.

"In a state where about 15.8 million Texans are registered to vote, the attorney general’s office has recently pursued a small number of convictions of illegal voting by noncitizens. Past reviews of the voter rolls by other states ultimately found that only a small number of the thousands of noncitizens they initially flagged had actually voted. For years, researchers have found that voter fraud is rare and claims that noncitizens are voting in large numbers have not been substantiated."

Unlike you James, I'll leave a link so you can actually read the facts instead of spin them.

Eric Dierker from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A. on May 29, 2020:

I wonder why no rioting when an illegal alien kills a citizen. Just a musing.

James A Watkins (author) from Chicago on May 29, 2020:

PT ~ Thank you so much for delivering such gentle corrections and the right numbers and an excellent source. Well done. I appreciate you.

James A Watkins (author) from Chicago on May 29, 2020:

Randy Godwin ~ You must have misunderstood what I wrote. PT is correct that what I wrote is: “It is estimated conservatively that 900,000 illegal aliens voted in 2018. More liberal estimates go up to 3,000,000. A study in Texas found that 58,000 voted in that state alone.”

And PT also provided the correct answer: “Attorney General Ken Paxton @KenPaxtonTX

“VOTER FRAUD ALERT: The @TXsecofstate discovered approx 95,000 individuals identified by DPS as non-U.S. citizens have a matching voter registration record in TX, approx 58,000 of whom have voted in TX elections. Any illegal vote deprives Americans of their voice.

“12:37 PM · Jan 25, 2019”

Randy Godwin from Southern Georgia on May 29, 2020:

Still waiting on a legitimate link and not simply an opinion, James. If you actually have one, that is...

Randy Godwin from Southern Georgia on May 29, 2020:

James, I'd like a link to your claim of 3,000,000 illegal voters in Texas if you can provide a legitimate source for your claim.

James A Watkins (author) from Chicago on May 29, 2020:

PT ~ Thank you for coming over to read my work. Yes, I have published several new pieces lately, Build the Wall, Is the Pope Catholic, Sexual Desire, Victory of Reason. It feels good to publish new articles. I am glad you like this topic.

I never considered how Y2K could have affected the attitude of the Democrat Party towards illegal immigration. What could be the connection there?

I do agree wholeheartedly with your statement: “I think that the last two criteria accounts for most of the Illegals in California [are likely to require welfare benefits, or are seeking employment]. The first three [suffer from a contagious disease, are mentally ill, are a convicted felon] we don't know because they were never vetted because they came into the country illegally."

James A Watkins (author) from Chicago on May 29, 2020:

PT ~ Many people who support the Sanctuary City concept do not agree that illegal aliens should be deported just for committing a felony crime. They say, “Americans commit felonies too and we don’t deport them.” Of course releasing violent criminals into the community endangers the lives of the innocent. How could it not?

San Francisco officials refused to detain—or even give ICE notice that they would be releasing—Juan Francisco Lopez-Sanchez, an undocumented man who had seven felony convictions, had been deported five times, had served many years behind bars, and was facing still more felony charges. After his release, Lopez-Sanchez went on to shoot and kill Kathryn Steinle.

James A Watkins (author) from Chicago on May 29, 2020:

Eric Dierker ~ Illegal Aliens drive wages way down. I employed 20 men in my aircraft paint facility. We did well for a few years and then customers started taking their planes to a shop 300 miles away that used illegals who worked for $3 an hour and thus charged HALF what I did to paint an airplane, e.g., $10,000 instead of $20,000. He put me out of business and my Americans lost their good paying jobs ($21 an hour) with great benefits. I went to visit the paint shop and WHILE I WAS THERE immigration raided the place and hauled away 20 men. The man who owned the place laughed about it! He said, "They round them up about once a month but the next day 20 more show up to take their place."

James A Watkins (author) from Chicago on May 29, 2020:

Randy Godwin ~ It is estimated conservatively that 900,000 illegal aliens voted in 2018. More liberal estimates go up to 3,000,000. A study in Texas found that 58,000 voted in that state alone. In the Illinois, the State Board of Elections has confirmed that illegal aliens indeed vote in that state in unknown numbers. One couple in Los Angeles was busted recently for having voted in our elections for 20 years. It only came out in a fraud case.

Democrat states will not investigate voter fraud. They know it is going on. They want it. The illegals vote for them at least nine out of ten times. It has become key to their political power. Rasmussen Reports poll earlier this year found that 53% of the Democratic Party supports letting illegals vote, even though it's against the law.

James A Watkins (author) from Chicago on May 28, 2020:

T ~ Thank you for reading my article. I saw your comment but it had to be deleted as it was flagged for "personal attacks" on another commenter. I would love for you to comment only on the article's merits.

James A Watkins (author) from Chicago on May 28, 2020:

Eric Dierker ~ Thank you for reading my piece. I saw a writer recently compare Sanctuary Cities to the rebellion of the Confederacy. It is illegal for aliens to vote. It is also illegal for them to present in our country period. If they would break the latter law, why not the former? And they do.

James A Watkins (author) from Chicago on May 28, 2020:

Randy Godwin ~ I appreciate you taking the time to read my article. Hmmm . . .well, my article was focused on Sanctuary Cities and not wanting to make the piece too long I tried to stay on track, hence, I didn’t get into deportations.

I certainly do not think all illegal aliens are evil people. Nor did I say any such thing. There are evil people among them. If they sneak in, we have no opportunity to sort them out as we do with legal immigration. Jesus never said He was for open borders. Israel has borders. Heaven has extreme vetting. Not everyone will get in.

You are right that besides the crime, disease, and drain on our treasury and society, voting is an enormous problem for me. The Democrats plan is to legalize all the illegals, creating over 20 million new voters for them—far more than the largest margin ever in a presidential election. It is a scheme to change the voters instead of changing the vote. An insidious scheme to disenfranchise American citizens.

As far as “jobs Americans won’t do.” There are jobs Americans won't do for $3 an hour. There are no jobs Americans won't do. The liberal propaganda is that no one would do those jobs. That is demonstrably false. Work is not going to just go undone without illegal aliens.

My wife and I drove across US-2 not long ago all the way from Seattle to Minnesota - the northernmost federal highway, right up near the Canadian border. Amazingly we saw white people working as bus boys, waiters, hotel maids, landscapers, construction workers—and one day I saw a line two blocks long outside my hotel window and asked the desk clerk, "What are all those people doing out there?" She said they were lining up to pick apples today. They were all white.

People who want work done will pay what they have to pay to have it done. They always have. People do those jobs in Saskatchewan, Scotland, Iceland, Finland, and all sorts of modern places even though they do not have millions of illegal aliens. They do them for $10-20 an hour.

Eric Dierker from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A. on May 28, 2020:

T I get your points. But I did not know Randy's bent. I just looked at the comment without personality as he seemed to suggest a bent by James. I like how you laid out your argument as a juxtaposition with Randy's - good skill.

I am a bit worried about letting these people in and working as Randy seems to, through experience, know first hand that they are exploited and is good with that.

I spent some time picking produce in the Imperial Valley area. Back breaking miserable work. Personally I learned a lot of Spanish and I thought the pay was great.

Eric Dierker from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A. on May 27, 2020:

I am missing something you are the one who said they vote democrat not anyone else?

Don't lay the hardworking on us. Those folks have green cards and need no sanctuary.

I live next to the busiest border crossing in America -- and most like 90% have green cards and they are welcome. And they work hard and are accepted. Criminals are criminals and if you exploited their labor that is on you.

Randy Godwin from Southern Georgia on May 27, 2020:

They can't vote, Eric. This is simply propaganda from the Right. If they aren't citizens they cannot vote for either party.

Most people do not realize these people do the lowest form of labor in this country for wages most Americans wouldn't accept.

Rake my word for it as I've retired from the farming industry after 50+ years and can vouch for how hard most of these people work just to make ends meet.

"Walk a mile in their shoes," could be a lesson for all of us.

Eric Dierker from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A. on May 27, 2020:

At first blush I am taken to Socrates and Plato's Republic. And I cannot for the life of me figure how civil disobedience can be a government sanctioned deal. I even tried to reconcile it with federalism and our Civil War. This defies any moral social logic.

But then I read Randy's comment. I was not aware that it had been elevated to where illegal immigrants can vote. I thought that was still off the table.

Randy Godwin from Southern Georgia on May 27, 2020:

James, I noticed you neglected to mention Obama deported more illegal immigrants than his Republican predecessor. And who's gonna pick the vegetables and fruit you eat everyday, along with slaughtering the chickens, pork and beef most Americans like us eat daily?

These are productive people who only want to have a decent life here for them and their children. I don't see them as the evil people you make them out to be, and since you believe in Jesus, I don't believe you'd think he would either.

I think because they tend to vote Democratic is the main thorn in your paw.

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