On Monday, the Attorney General of the United States, William Barr, announced movement in the fight against one of the scourges of law and order in the nation. Long a talking point for President Donald Trump, the concept and use of “sanctuary cities” on the part of the leftists who control them have entered the crosshairs for Trump-style correction of behavior.
Charging that so-called “sanctuary” cities that protect illegal immigrants are jeopardizing domestic security, Attorney General Bill Barr announced a slew of additional sanctions that he called a “significant escalation” against left-wing local and state governments that obstruct the “lawful functioning of our nation’s immigration system.”
Speaking at the National Sheriff’s Association 2020 Winter Legislative and Technology Conference in Washington, D.C., Barr said the Justice Department would immediately file multiple lawsuits against sanctuary jurisdictions for unconstitutionally interfering with federal immigration enforcement, and implement unprecedented national reviews of left-wing sanctuary governments and prosecutors.
“Let us state the reality upfront and as clearly as possible,” Barr began. “When we are talking about sanctuary cities, we are talking about policies that are designed to allow criminal aliens to escape. These policies are not about people who came to our country illegally but have otherwise been peaceful and productive members of society. Their express purpose is to shelter aliens whom local law enforcement has already arrested for other crimes. This is neither lawful nor sensible.”
The reality is that Democrat-held strongholds across the nation have been double-crossing federal attempts at customs and immigration law enforcement for years. That we now have an attorney general ready to take this on means that the man has evidence to build cases, and that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s efforts to fill the judiciary vacancies across the nation gives the administration a decent chance at winning the lawsuits they will be filing.
And it also means yet another of President Donald Trump’s campaign promises will be fulfilled.