Sanctuary Cities Must Still Obey The Constitution
The above is my version of title by Seth Lipsky’s excellent piece on January 25, 2017 at The New York Post.
Here is the Federal Immigration and Nationality Act
Section 8 USC 1324(a)(1)(A)(iv)(b)(iii):
A person (including a group of persons, business, organization, or local government) commits a federal felony when she or he:
* assists an alien s/he should reasonably know is illegally in the U.S. or who lacks employment authorization, by transporting, sheltering, or assisting him or her to obtain employment, or
* encourages that alien to remain in the U.S. by referring him or her to an employer or by acting as employer or agent for an employer in any way, or
* knowingly assists illegal aliens due to personal convictions.
Congress should have included the word “it” with “she or he”, “it” being a city or state. But the law is clear: “a local government” is clearly a city and some would even include “state” in that definition.
So, Sanctuary Cities ARE illegal both under Federal law (above) AND under the Supremacy Clause of our Constitution.
Trump can send federal officers to Sacramento, New York and other U.S. cities to arrest those promoting and passing “Sanctuary ordinances” as well as Mayors and others advising illegal aliens on how to “skirt” the law.
It is my hope that he does and soon.
Much thanks to Seth Lipsky at The New York Post for posting this piece!