On the issue of illegal immigration, it’s rare that we see good news. Obama has done nothing but make it easier to break our immigration laws, and the number of deportations carried out by ICE has nearly been chopped in half since Obama’s second term began.
Another issue is that of sanctuary cities – areas that shelter illegal immigrants from the consequences of their (lack of) immigration status. There are over three hundred of these “sanctuaries” across the U.S.
While Delaware is in the process of trying to become the nation’s first “sanctuary state,” Louisiana is leading the revolt against sanctuaries of any kind.
As the Daily Signal reports:
Louisiana Republicans and the state’s attorney general are aiming to deter cities and localities from having “sanctuary” immigration policies by threatening to withhold funding from those that do.“Officials who adopt policies like that put their communities at great risk,” state Rep. Valarie Hodges, a Republican, told The Daily Signal in an interview. “It’s contrary to common sense. What other country in the world has those kind of policies?” It’s a good question. Heck – Mexico deports more Central American illegal immigrants than we do.
By passing two bills earlier this month meant to punish jurisdictions that don’t comply with so-called “detainer” requests, the Louisiana House of Representatives injected itself into a contentious debate over sanctuary policies.
House Bill 1148 would prevent jurisdictions that are deemed as sanctuary cities from being able to borrow money from the state for public building projects.
The second bill, 453, would make sanctuary cities compensate crime victims if their attackers were illegal immigrants and law enforcement had contacted those individuals before and not asked about their immigration status.
The state Senate will now consider both measures.
Only two of the nation’s sanctuary cities are in Louisiana, so they’re clearly already unpopular in the state. Hopefully this inspires other States to follow their lead.
[Note: This post was authored by The Analytical Economist]