Yesterday, the Washington Post reported that the Trump Administration had considered releasing illegal immigrants in sanctuary cities. On CNN, the right wing pundits I heard questioned the authentic of the report. Fake news, unnamed sources. That type of thing. However, President Trump confirmed the report and doubled down on it in a tweet today.
Due to the fact that Democrats are unwilling to change our very dangerous immigration laws, we are indeed, as reported, giving strong considerations to placing Illegal Immigrants in Sanctuary Cities only….
This idea is firing up a lot of President Trump’s core supporters. They seem to love it. Is it, however, a good idea to send illegal immigrants to sanctuary cities?
To the right, it’s an adequate punishment. You welcome illegal immigrants with open arms? Excellent. The federal government is sending you more. Enjoy, and have fun.
To the left, the President is dehumanizing illegal immigrants. They’re pawns in his political game. He’s attempting to use them as a form of punishment against his political opponents.
There is some validity to both arguments. However, I like to look for the middle ground. Thus, we need to consider the practical implications, not just the political strategy.
President Trump’s views on illegal immigration.
The President says he opposes illegal immigration. He wants to secure the border to block illegal crossings. Furthermore, he wants to capture those who have illegally crossed and deport them.
Sanctuary cities, on the other hand, don’t share those values. They refuse to work with the federal government on enforcing immigration law. They don’t inform ICE before releasing undocumented immigrants from jail. Furthermore, they don’t ask immigration status when people report crimes.
Is sending illegal immigrants to sanctuary cities a good policy decision?
President Trump is proposing targeting the release of the people he wants to deport into the very cities that will later refuse to cooperate with his efforts. Finding the flaw in this strategy isn’t very difficult. It is glaringly obvious to anyone who looks past the politics to the policy. It would be an idiotic decision. That’s why I highly doubt that it will happen.
What will happen is that the chorus from Trump supporters will get louder. If sanctuary cities love illegal immigrants so much, why don’t they want to take them? Good question. Allow me to explain.
Stop believing your own lies.
Sanctuary cities don’t want people to illegally enter the country. They’re neither encouraging it nor facilitating it. They’re simply refusing to bear the cost and responsibility of enforcing federal law. Moreover, your leaders are lying to you when they claim this equates to encouraging illegal immigration.
This fact should be obvious to you. If it isn’t, you need to get out of your particular echo chamber. If you’re on the far right and supporting Trump in this policy, you’re literally cheering against your own self interest. However, if you’re on the far left and actually do want more illegal immigrants in the country, you should welcome this.
Those of us in the middle should oppose this nonsense. Dehumanizing people and treating them as pawns in a game is wrong. Punishing your political opponents is also wrong. Furthermore, strategically placing illegal immigrants in places where they will be hardest to remove is moronic. Hopefully common sense will prevail over political gamesmanship.