If President Trump and the Department of Homeland Security get their ways, sanctuary cities might finally be a thing of the past. This week, Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen approached federal prosecutors about the possibility of filing criminal charges against bureaucrats who obstruct federal deportation efforts, leaving many big shots in key Democratic cities shaking in their boots.
The decision to go after government officials in sanctuary cities comes just after the state of California passed a new sanctuary law on Jan. 1, which severely hampered state and federal cooperation in dealing with illegal immigrants. The Department of Homeland Security, however, vowed to continue its efforts to remove illegal immigrants from the country and promised to find ways around California’s new obstructionist legislation.
“The Department of Justice is reviewing what avenues may be available,” Ms. Nielsen said during a statement before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Tuesday. “The context of this is of course not only putting my ICE officers at risk but also finding an efficient and effective way to enforce our immigration laws,” Nielsen added.
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Director Tom Homan elaborated on Nielsen’s statement, telling reporters that the DOJ was “look into criminal charges for elected officials with sanctuary policies as they are harboring illegal aliens.”
“This is victimization of the American community,” Homan said in an earlier interview. “This isn’t the America I grew up in. We’ve got to take these sanctuary cities on. We’ve got to take them to court, and we’ve got to start charging some of these politicians with crimes.”
If the DOJ does decide to move to prosecute mayors and other government officials for harboring illegals, it could create a huge shift in the way the country reacts to immigration issues. Government officials will no longer be able to freely protect murderers and rapists and deny the government the ability to deport violent criminals from our society, and politicians everywhere will need to think long and hard next time they try to declare their municipality an open ground for whoever manages to make it across our border.
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