Boycott Sanctuary Cities because They are Unsafe

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]It’s time to boycott sanctuary cities because they are not safe.

This is not like left-wing boycotts that aim to intimidate us into political correctness. This is about public safety. Local officials should obey the laws that require simple cooperation with immigration authorities. Cities receive millions of federal dollars that supposedly are conditioned on that cooperation.

[/vc_column_text][banner300 banner=”5517620b381df”][vc_column_text]No public safety? Then no conventions or tourism. No law enforcement? Then no federal dollars for make-believe policing.

Where laws are ignored, people are not safe. We witnessed that with the murder of Kate Steinle, evidently killed by a five-time Mexican deportee and seven-time felon who kept returning to San Francisco because he knew the city would let him stay.

Steinle’s is not the only such story. Sen. Chuck Grassley (Iowa Republican) has documented 121 murders related to illegal aliens set free by President Obama’s policies since 2010. Illegal immigrants accounted for three-fourths of all federal drug convictions last year and are one-third of all federal incarcerations, according to the U.S. Sentencing Commission.

Yet more than 200 cities in 32 states provide sanctuary for illegal immigrants. No wonder Americans are buying guns in record numbers for personal protection.

REPORT: Protecting Foreign Invaders: The Number of Sanctuary Cities in America is Downright Frightening

Those locales grant blanket immunity, accepting the fiction that all illegal immigrants are peaceful and law-abiding. That is no more true of foreign nationals than it is of native-born Americans. Jeb Bush’s description of illegal immigration as an “act of love” is like pretending that every marriage is happy and that abuse does not exist.[/vc_column_text][banner300 banner=”553157113d3ff”][vc_column_text]This is not to accuse all illegal aliens of breaking additional laws. But immigration laws have a purpose: They are designed to screen out criminals, miscreants and people who will “become a charge upon the public,” meaning dependence on public assistance. When those laws are not enforced, the screening process disappears.

Sanctuary cities undermine public safety by refusing to distinguish between who is dangerous and who is not. Inquiries about behavior or life history are considered taboo. All of America pays a heavy price when public officials refuse to be law-abiding. Why should anybody else obey laws they dislike when leaders won’t? There should be no sanctuary for public officials who disregard our laws.

Read more at the Washington Times.

Former Rep. Ernest Istook is founder and president of Americans for Less Regulation. Subscribe to his free email newsletter at


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