Sanctuary Cities Pose a Clear and Present Danger to Our USA

The infamous 2015 Kate Steinle killing by a five-time deported illegal alien from Mexico, one Francisco Sanchez, and the refusal of San Francisco authorities to cooperate with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) led to the release of Sanchez and the subsequent death of Kate Steinle on a San Francisco pier. What this means is that sanctuary city authorities, as occurred in San Francisco, do not assist federal authorities in their duty to find, arrest and deport terrorists and others who illegally have entered the United States.

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By John M. Snyder l January 11, 2017

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When Donald Trump defeated Hillary Clinton for president last November, many patriotic Americans heaved a great sigh of relief. A number of people felt that the whole spectrum of political ideas associated with Clinton and people of her ideological ilk was on the way out.

However, some news coming between Hillary’s defeat and Donald’s inauguration indicate that may not necessarily be the case. After getting over the electoral loss of their fairy godmother, leftist operatives are out to do all they can to prevent America from becoming great again.

One of the factors in the attempt to upend the reassertion and reestablishment of traditional American values is the operation of sanctuary cities.

In a sanctuary city, the local government authority, usually a mayor, acts to prevent local law enforcement personnel from assisting federal law enforcement officers in carrying out their duty to find and arrest illegal aliens.

The infamous 2015 Kate Steinle killing by a five-time deported illegal alien from Mexico, one Francisco Sanchez, and the refusal of San Francisco authorities to cooperate with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) led to the release of Sanchez and the subsequent death of Kate Steinle on a San Francisco pier.

What this means is that sanctuary city authorities, as occurred in San Francisco, do not assist federal authorities in their duty to find, arrest and deport terrorists and others who illegally have entered the United States.

There is also a sad unofficial de facto affinity of some hard left organizations, some Democrat leaders and radical Islamist terrorists.

Here’s a case in point. On the day after Christmas a Conservative Base article headlined “Obama and Texas Democrat mayor sneaking Muslim refugees into ‘sanctuary city’” appeared on the Internet.

Jim Kouri, the author, is former chief of police at a housing project in New York City nicknamed “Crack City” by reporters covering the drug war in the 1980s.

Kouri wrote that, “Austin, Texas Mayor Steve Adler offered illegal aliens continued sanctuary and the Syrian Muslims are being provided with a welcome mat, according to a top non-profit, non-government organization (NGO) based in the nation’s capital. The plan is said to entail the continued sending of unvetted Syrian Muslims to the Lone Star State, according to the government watchdog group Judicial Watch.”

Officials in scores of United States cities and counties claim sanctuary status for their jurisdictions, according to Jessica Tarlton and Matthew Green of The Lowdown. Justen Charters of the Independent Journal Review maintains “there are currently over 200 in the United States.” Some politicians reportedly even want to claim sanctuary status for entire states.

Sanctuary city supporters claim big cities don’t have enough resources to deal with immigration enforcement and have to concentrate of what to them are more significant public safety priorities.

Tarlton and Green indicate, “Many local policymakers and law enforcement agencies argue that immigration enforcement is not their responsibility, and that cracking down on undocumented residents would undermine community relations, disrupt services and dissuade those residents from cooperating with crime prevention efforts. They also note that none of their protective policies in any way prevent local police from pursuing immigrants suspected of committing crimes.”

However, “sanctuary cities protect gangs and rapists, not legal immigrants,” writes former Colorado Congressman Tom Tancredo in Breitbart.

“The organized outrage over President-elect Trump’s plans to deport up to two million criminal aliens has the look and smell of identity politics,” he continues.

A number of mayors, at least 18, say they will fight to maintain their cities’ sanctuary status in the face of President-elect Trump’s anticipated attempt to eliminate them.

Some supporters of Trump say the solution is simple. All he and Congress have to do is deny federal grants, at least law enforcement funds, to sanctuary cities. They think this will induce sanctuary cities to pull in their horns. They think that will settle the matter, or at least be a major step forward to bringing an end to the situation.

It may not be that simple. For one thing, sanctuary city mayors simply could drop a sanctuary city label, continue to receive the federal funds, but actually behave the same way they have been behaving.

Another problem is that there reportedly already are thousands of radical Islamist terrorists in the United States, many of whom have been holing up in sanctuary cities and elsewhere, just waiting for a propitious time to strike American targets in the United States.

The terrorist entities could use sanctuary cities or whatever name or status the cities may adopt as a domestic string of bases from which to attack individuals or groups of loyal American citizens, including law enforcement personnel.

This could lead to a more serious domestic safety and security problem than we already have.

The new Trump administration in conjunction with Congress may be able to do a lot with regard to the sanctuary city problem.
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However, the ability to deal directly with the problem of radical Islamist terrorists using the sanctuary cities as refuges resides ultimately with individual citizens. It’s we the people who probably will have to deal with individual attacks. Law enforcement authorities and even National Guard personnel can’t be everywhere all of the time. We would not want them to be.

The people, though, can be and are everywhere all of the time. If individuals can arm themselves, the people can meet radical Islamist terrorist threats anytime, anywhere.

In dealing with terrorist threats associated with sanctuary cities, Trump and Congress should pursue a national reciprocity policy regarding the carrying of concealed firearms by law-abiding American citizens.

A positive state CCW or concealed carry policy enables a qualified individual to carry a particular concealed firearm within his or her state of jurisdiction if legally permitted to do so. With national reciprocity, an individual authorized to carry a concealed firearm in a state could carry throughout the country.

A state-issued CCW permit would be honored throughout the country, similar to the way in which state-issued driving permits now are honored throughout the country.

In a survey of United States police chiefs and sheriffs conducted in 2016 by the National Association of Chiefs of Police, over 86 percent said they supported nationwide recognition of state issued concealed weapons permits.

In an effort to deal with the security problems posed for our citizens by radical Islamist terrorists using sanctuary cities as bases from which to strike our countrymen, let’s realize the importance of our armed citizenry and turn the table on our enemies.

The time for national reciprocity for concealed carry has come. Proponents of the individual Second Amendment civil right to keep and bear arms can and should advance an American freedom agenda.

It’s really part and parcel of the effort to make America great again.


John M. Snyder, called “the dean of Washington gun lobbyists” by the Washington Post and New York Times, for 50 years has defended American gun rights as an NRA editor, director of the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms and Second Amendment Foundation, and founder/director of www.GunRightsPolicies.org. He is founder/manager of Telum Associates, LL.C, founder/chairman of the St. Gabriel Possenti Society, Inc., and serves on the boards of the National Association of Chiefs of Police and the American Federation of Police & Concerned Citizens. Author of the book Gun Saint, he received his AB and MA from Georgetown University. Mr. Snyder is a contributor to SFPPR News & Analysis.