Mind and Destiny

“I make no pretension to patriotism. So long as my voice can be heard ... I will hold up America to the lightning scorn of moral indignation. In doing this, I shall feel myself discharging the duty of a true patriot; for he is a lover of his country who rebukes and does not excuse its sins. It is righteousness that exalteth a nation while sin is a reproach to any people.”- Frederick Douglass

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Thursday, April 06, 2017

Sanctuary Policies


White House press secretary Sean Spicer has announced that sanctuary cities don't deserve federal funds for law enforcement, arguing their policies mean they don't care enough about stopping crime.

President Trump issued an executive order in January that would take away federal funds from sanctuary cities, however the details for implementing that policy remains unclear.

Reporters from Philadelphia and Chicago have asked the Trump administration, if it intends to make good on its threat to cut federal funding to those jurisdictions that have "sanctuary" policies.  The term refers to some degree of not cooperating with federal immigration enforcement.

Sean Spicer told a reporter from WWDB-AM in Philadelphia: "Immigrants, both legal and illegal, are not safe when criminals who have committed egregious acts are free to roam the streets."

According to the University of Chicago's Crime Lab most victims and suspects of gun violence in Chicago are African-American men.  The increased gun violence is disproportionally located in a handful of neighborhoods on Chicago's south and west sides.

Mayor Steve Adler of Austin Texas told Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly that many sanctuary cities have far less crime than other cities.

Many large city police chiefs supported sanctuary policies in order to preserve trust with the community so that they report crimes and serve as witnesses without fearing deportation.  The policy serves to free up resources to fight local crime rather than perform the function of federal immigration officers.

The Trump administration has threatened retaliation toward those jurisdictions who have policies of declining detainer requests from Immigrations and Customs Enforcement.  Those requests ask local law enforcement agencies to detain individuals in jail that ICE believes could be deported for up to 48 hours after they would otherwise be released based on criminal procedure so that ICE can pick them up.

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