Sanctuary cities across the United States were raided, throughout this week, and officials stated Thursday that they rounded up 498 illegal immigrants. The raid was referred to as "Operation 'Safe City'," and took place over four days, in many of the cities most staunchly opposed to abiding by immigration law. Los Angeles yielded 101 arrests, while 45 were hauled off in New York City, to highlight a couple.
Now, were these the upstanding, freedom-loving, quality sort of individuals the left claims the Republican Party is chomping at the bit to throw out? Absolutely not. According to the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) report, individuals were targeted if they: had criminal convictions, had pending criminal charges, were affiliated with a gang, or if they were immigration fugitives or re-entered after a previous deportation. Individuals who would have qualified for Obama's unconstitutional DACA program were not targeted. ICE's acting director rightly chastised the leaders of these sanctuary cities stating, "Sanctuary jurisdictions that do not honor detainers or allow us access to jails and prisons are shielding criminal aliens from immigration enforcement and creating a magnet for illegal immigration. As a result, ICE is forced to dedicate more resources to conduct at-large arrests in these communities."
Every time there is a debate about adhering to the current law, which mandates the government remove those who are here illegally, the left immediately runs to their corner. They claim those who would uphold the law, do so because they are evil, lacking compassion, and even racist. There is no acknowledgement whatsoever, as far as the left sees it, that their position stands directly opposed to current law. Ask them about it, and they will most certainly deflect. They will jump directly to the "tearing families apart" argument, or "you are denying these individuals' right to seek a better life." Something to that effect will be said, and it is designed to steer the argument away from objective facts, and into the realm of completely subjective "feelings." A common tactic ripped from page one of the Leftist Playbook.
The bottom line here is that the law was upheld. Since Donald Trump's election, we've been bombarded by leftist city leaders, espousing rhetoric about how inhumane conservatives are for supporting the deportation of illegal aliens. They fancied themselves righteous protectors of innocence, without realizing that a majority of the American public sees them as elitists attempting to add to their own voting base. Sanctuary for illegals doesn't actually exist, while we have a president willing to allow his federal agencies to do their jobs, and sweep through to deport them. The only result from this ridiculous posturing is that these leftists' true colors are revealed, and unnecessary resources must be expended, while the Democrat party works so hard in opposition to the law.