America is a nation ruled by law, and Rand Paul reminds us that “we’ve done squat” on enforcing immigration law in this country. ‘Sanctuary cities’ like San Francisco are not enforcing immigration law and refuse to aid in the extradition of illegal aliens. They wind up coddling dangerous felons like Juan Francisco Lopez-Sanchez who callously gunned down San Francisco woman, Kathryn Steinle. In response, Paul sponsored the PACT (Protecting American Citizens Together) Act which would require local law enforcement at the request of ICE to detain or transport any illegal alien.
Lopez-Sanchez had been in and out of the system, and was protected by the sanctuary city policies of San Francisco. His story is not uncommon, and many convicted felons take advantage of sanctuary cities that are perhaps well meaning, but ultimately pervert the rule of law in this country. In this day and age it is critical to at least enforce the most important laws in this country and protect our citizens from dangerous felons who slip into the U.S. uninvited and unannounced.
Senator Paul understands the rule of law, and also prefers to allow state and local governments to settle matters without Federal oversight. However, there are times and places where the Federal government has a legitimate interest that override state and local governments, and immigration is one of them. It is imperative that the safety of Americans not be overridden by misguided attempts at immigration law.
Liberals would have you believe that sanctuary cities protect human dignity and human rights. Conservatives would have you believe they are a seething hotbed of crime. Rand Paul wants you to believe that the rule of law should be enforced in the United States, and that there should be no revolving door for unwelcome dangerous felons to come and go freely in the U.S.
Enforcing immigration law, and doing away with sanctuary cities that weaken our laws and endanger Americans should be something everyone agrees on. Sadly common sense ideas like handing over dangerous illegal felons to immigration authorities now requires its own law. Support the PACT Act, and support Rand Paul in protecting everyone inside our borders from predatory elements who sneak in whenever they feel like it. Are sanctuary cities a joke? What do you think about the need for the PACT Act? Tell us on Facebook and Twitter.
Written by Steve Coffman; Edited by staff
(Photo courtesy of Joe Futrelle, Flickr CC BY-SA 2.0)
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