When the Trump administration announced that they’d start cracking down on sanctuary cities, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel openly stated that he’d challenge the Trump administration’s law enforcement policies. Early in his op-ed, Newt Gingrich wrote “On July 25, Attorney General Jeff Sessions asked all cities, states, and territories applying for a very specific federal law enforcement grant to adhere to three new, very reasonable measures: & To openly communicate with the Department of Homeland Security; to allow DHS officers to meet with locally-held prisoners who live in the country illegally and have been arrested for non-immigration related crimes; and to give the Department 48 hours’ notice before releasing such prisoners.”
Newt’s right. These requirements are reasonable and easy to measure in terms of effectiveness. Later in his op-ed, Gingrich wrote about why sanctuary cities pose such a danger, saying “The DEA reported that the foundation of these cartels is the network of people who run the drug trade infrastructure inside U.S. borders. Specifically, the DEA said, ‘Actual members of Mexican TCOs are usually sent to important U.S. hub cities to manage stash houses containing drug shipments and bulk cash drug proceeds.'”
It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out where these cartels will establish their headquarters:
Now, if you led an international drug cartel, would you set up shop in a city where your undocumented gang members would be deported upon arrest or one like Chicago, where local police looked the other way once you made bail? Mayor Emanuel would like us to believe that he is concerned about the safety of his citizens, but his lawsuit is nothing more than a political charade. He is literally welcoming more criminals to the streets of Chicago.
Appearing on Fox & Friends, Steve Cortes said that cities like Chicago shouldn’t be called sanctuary cities:
Here’s how Jeff Sessions replied to Mayor Emanuel:
“They have demonstrated an open hostility to enforcing laws designed to protect law enforcement, Federal, state, and local, and reduce crime, and instead have adopted an official policy of protecting criminal aliens who prey on their own residents… No amount of federal taxpayer dollars will help a city that refuses to help its own residents,” Sessions said.
When voter fraud first became a high profile issue, Democrats insisted that it didn’t exist. I coined the phrase that “it’s impossible to find what you refuse to look for.” That phrase fits perfectly with sanctuary cities, which Mr. Cortes says should be called renegade cities. Cortes said “it’s not sanctuary for the victims of these crimes, it’s not sanctuary for the cops who have to deal with known criminals… I’d rather call them renegade cities.”
Emanuel is likely to win the lawsuit that he filed because the money is from President Obama’s budget. Next year, though, it will be a totally different story because the grants will be governed by the restrictions passed by Republicans. In the end, Rahm Emanuel will win Round 1. Jeff Sessions and the Trump administration will win the rest of the rounds.