I’ve wanted to write about this the last few weeks, but have been reluctant to express my opinion. Even trying to come up with a proper title for this blog was a challenge. My views aren’t borne of racism; they’re borne of safety, pure and simple. Feel free to not read if you think you’ll be offended, but don’t say you haven’t been forewarned.
I’ve made a promise to myself and to social media that I wouldn’t talk about politics anymore – and I won’t, not until the Minneapolis mayoral election in 2017, then all bets are off.
In case you don’t know, a sanctuary city is a U.S. city that’s adopted a policy of protecting undocumented immigrants by not prosecuting them solely for violating federal immigration laws in the country in which they are now living illegally.
We’re a country made up of immigrants – my own ancestry can be traced to Europe. Here’s how I feel about immigrants: If you move here from another country, are here legally and take the necessary steps to be a U.S. citizen, welcome! If you don’t, you’re not.
Now, here’s the rub about sanctuary cities.
Cities like Minneapolis limit their cooperation with federal immigration authorities by shielding undocumented individuals. In addition, local law enforcement’s hands are tied. Police may know of someone who’s here illegally, but they can’t do a damn thing about it. They can’t even ask about a person's immigration status or cooperate with federal immigration officials.
President-elect Donald Trump has said he’d cut off federal funding to sanctuary cities if they shield undocumented workers from federal immigration officials. Minneapolis’ mayor has vowed to fight this.
Immigration advocates see the end of sanctuary cities as hostile, especially to Latinos, warning it would lead to harassment by police. And law enforcement officials are worried about crime victims who won’t call the police because the victim fears deportation.
Valid concerns yes, but I still don’t think sanctuary cities are a good idea, let me tell you why. If anyone’s here illegally, they can’t be touched by U.S. laws, they can’t be charged with a crime, and they can’t be prosecuted for a crime. Trump has also said he’s for deporting illegal immigrants who have a criminal history. I agree with him on this. Not every immigrant who comes to this country comes here with good intentions. Some are running from the law, or commit crimes in the U.S., and they know they can’t be touched in sanctuary cities.
I understand these sanctuary cities are trying to fight bigotry, but because of it, they’re leaving their citizens wide open to being a victim of crime by an undocumented immigrant and the legal citizen can’t anything to bring the immigrant to justice. That’s not right. You should be able to report someone to the police if they’ve committed an act against the law – regardless if they’re here legally or not.
Minneapolis used to be a nice, safe city, but no more. It’s changed for the worse and unfortunately, I don’t see it getting better. I’ve never owned a gun before, but I’m seriously considering buying one and going to a gun range to learn how to use it.
Politicians continue to erode our trust by making important decisions for us, such as whether to become a sanctuary city, without letting us, the legal taxpayers, weigh in. I think it would’ve been fair if we could’ve at least voted on this, but no one ever said politics was fair.