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OpinionSending immigrants to sanctuary cities has consequences — and that's a good thing

18:35  15 april  2019
18:35  15 april  2019 Source:   thehill.com

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Trump 'giving strong considerations' to releasing ICE detainees 'in sanctuary cities only' President Donald Trump on Friday confirmed that the White House is considering a plan to release detained immigrants in sanctuary cities.

Sanctuary city (French: ville sanctuaire; Spanish: ciudad santuario) refers to municipal jurisdictions, typically in North America and Western Europe

Sanctuary cities are local jurisdictions that refrain from cooperating with federal immigration authorities and detain undocumented immigrants The Washington Post first reported on Thursday that the White House has been considering a plan for transporting immigrants in detention and

Sending immigrants to sanctuary cities has consequences — and that's a good thing© Getty Images Sending immigrants to sanctuary cities has consequences — and that's a good thing

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From a logical standpoint, the most perplexing recent political squabble has got to be over President Trump's threat - or promise - to place illegal immigrants in sanctuary cities and states while they await processing.

By way of background, both sides in the illegal immigration debate can produce studies, anecdotes and other evidence supporting their particular viewpoints.

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For a better experience, download and use our app! “Unless this sanctuary city thing is just some bogus construct to fool a bunch of gullible, lunatic President Trump responded to reports Friday that his administration proposed releasing immigrant detainees in sanctuary cities by not only confirming

“We’ll bring them to sanctuary city areas and let that particular area take care of it,” he said. “Trump has yet again proven that the only constant in his immigration policy is cruelty,” the mayor said. But many advocates were aghast at Trump’ s position that sending immigrants to a region would be a

Generally, they break down along these lines:

Pro-illegal immigration:

Illegal immigrants are overwhelmingly good people fleeing bad circumstances in poverty-stricken, gang-ridden or war-torn countries. Illegal immigrants commit less crime per person than do U.S. citizens. Illegal immigrants pay taxes and are a net benefit to the economy. Illegal immigrants are needed for the U.S. workforce, and to do jobs that Americans are unwilling to do. They do not pose health risks. Illegal immigration is not the cause of our drug problems and we should not worry about human trafficking.

Anti-illegal immigration:

Some illegal immigrants are terrible people. Illegal immigrants commit more crime per person than do U.S. citizens, and each crime is a net gain over what would be the case if they weren't here. Illegal immigrants are a net drain on the economy and cost money. U.S. labor needs can be fulfilled by legal immigrants. Illegal immigrant are exploited and paid substandard wages, often under the table, hurting the market for American workers. They bring illnesses and contagious diseases. Illegal immigration exacerbates our drug problems and has created a market for human trafficking.

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“Democrats say we must have open borders and that illegal immigrants have a right to be in this “Given that immigrants built this country, make our communities better places and are coming here Many of the nation’ s largest cities have sanctuary policies, and also have numerous resources to

“Giving strong considerations to placing Illegal Immigrants in Sanctuary Cities only,” Trump admitted. President Trump admitted on Friday that the White House is strongly considering sending migrant detainees to sanctuary cities , in an apparent effort to bait his political adversaries.

Regardless of which view you hold, or even if your views are mixed on this issue, it seems to me that all sides should be able to get behind the president's threat - or promise. The beauty of it is its simplicity. It doesn't require litigating who's correct. It merely accepts the stated view of each side. President Trump is telling illegal immigration supporters: I hear you and am giving you the chance to practice your advocacy. You will receive all the benefits you foresee from illegal immigrants. At the same time, he's telling illegal immigration opponents: I hear you and will not force you to bear what you see as costs to your communities.

There are consequences to whichever side is wrong, and that's not a bad thing, either. Those communities that shun illegal immigrants will not receive the benefits, if it turns out they exist. On the other hand, those who welcome illegal immigrants will have to bear the costs or other negative consequences, if it turns out there are any after all.

Republican senator says Trump may be trying to make 'everybody crazy' by threatening to place immigrants in sanctuary cities

Republican senator says Trump may be trying to make 'everybody crazy' by threatening to place immigrants in sanctuary cities Republican Florida Sen. Rick Scott said Sunday that President Donald Trump's threat to place immigrants into so-called sanctuary cities might just be the President trying to "make everybody crazy." "I don't know whether it's legal or illegal. I mean, maybe he's just saying this to make everybody crazy. Make everybody talk about it on their shows," Scott, who represents Florida, told CNN's Jake Tapper on "State of the Union." Scott added: "But what I do know is I've been up there -- I've been in the Senate for 90 days, we're not securing our border. We're not enforcing our laws.

The term ' Sanctuary City ' at first glance has a righteous, humanitarian ring. For centuries, European churches traditionally offered sanctuary to criminals. Hundreds of cities and municipalities in the US have ' sanctuary city ' status, which means that in these cities illegal immigrants are shielded from

“Democrats say we must have open borders and that illegal immigrants have a right to be in this country at all Trump has long criticized sanctuary cities and has periodically threatened to cut off federal funding For one thing , the term “ sanctuary city ” itself is unofficial, created by opponents of

Additionally, sanctuary cities and states should want to do all they can to keep illegal immigrants from being sent to less welcoming places. The best places for the immigrants' welfare would seem to be where local policies and laws favor them; for example, where they can receive driver's licenses, social welfare benefits, in-state or free college tuition - maybe even vote. It would seem to be to nobody's benefit to house them in places where they are not allowed to drive or not offered favorable college plans and other assistance.

If illegal immigrants were welcomingly hosted by sanctuary cities and states, there's an added benefit to all: We would be conducting a valuable social experiment. Within a year, there's a pretty good chance we would be able to see which side is closer to being correct. The communities that take in masses of illegal immigrants will either be measurably safer and more prosperous, less safe and less prosperous, or some mix thereof.

Therefore, it seems to me there is only one logical response to the president's threat - or promise. For non-sanctuary cities and states, it would be: "Thank you, President Trump, for not saddling us with the costs of this crisis." For sanctuary cities and states, it would be: "Welcome to all illegal immigrants. And thank you, President Trump, for rewarding us with all the benefits they bring."

Sharyl Attkisson (@SharylAttkisson) is an Emmy Award-winning investigative journalist, author of The New York Times best-sellers "The Smear" and "Stonewalled," and host of Sinclair's Sunday TV program, "Full Measure."

House passes bill banning sanctuary policies in cities.
TALLAHASSEE – Florida is a step closer to banning sanctuary policies in cities and counties, after the state House passed a bill to crackdown on such policies by a 69-47 vote. The bill (HB 527) still needs to pass the Senate, which is set to debate its version of the bill (SB 168) Thursday, before it heads to Gov. Ron DeSantis’ desk. DeSantis named it as a top priority during the campaign last year. The vote was largely along party lines with two Republicans – Reps. Vance Aloupis of Miami and Rene Plasencia of Orlando – voting with Democrats against the bill. Debate on the bill reflected the partisan divide.

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