Sheriff David Clarke: Sanctuary Cities Are Havens for Crime and Defy the Constitution
The latest city to thumb its nose at the U.S. Constitution and put the lives of more Americans at risk is Pittsburgh, which apparently wants to join the other murder-ridden capitals of the country as a fellow sanctuary city.
Despite immigration being the realm and responsibility of the federal government, these sanctuary cities have been allowed to go rogue by current and past presidents and attorneys general who fail to enforce the rule of law.
While immigration reform gets an overhaul by the next Congress, and knowing that will be a long arduous process, we can and should immediately enforce existing and relevant immigration laws currently on the books to keep America safe.
I would start with 8 U.S.C. 1324, which in part contains criminal sanctions for “any person who knowing or in reckless disregard of the fact that an alien has come to or entered, or remains in the United States in violation of law, attempts to conceal, harbor or shields from detection, such alien in any place, including any building…or in subsection (iv) encourages or induces an alien to come to, enter, or reside in the United States, knowing or in reckless disregard of the fact that such coming to, entry or residence is or will be in violation of law, or (subsection (v)(I) engages in any conspiracy to commit any of the preceding acts or (II) aids or abets the commission of any of the preceding acts shall be fined and imprisoned for up to 5-10 years.”
This isn’t just about different interpretation of the law. Our country is being taken over through the cities first, aided by the willful disregard of federal law by Democrat politicians eager to please special interests and anti-American organizations instead of protecting their cities and our country’s borders.