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Protecting Illegal Migrants Sets Battle Lines Against DOJ

Protecting Illegal Migrants Sets Battle Lines Against DOJ

Illegal immigrants are back in the forefront with states right cases being brought by the Trump DOJ against States as the DOJ tries to reign in sanctuary cities, charging that they are not interested in upholding the law, instead are hindering the federal governments right to oversee migration and the deportation of illegal migrants.

In a hardly surprising escalation, we are seeing the conflict between the federal government and states heating up. In these Cities that are holding policies that are contrary to federal law are finding themselves under increasing pressure to conform. The fight over sanctuary cities and states is on.

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Trusted Traveler Programs

New York is fighting back in bringing back a lawsuit against the federal government for not honoring their state sovereignty clause under the constitution over their ‘trusted traveler’ programs. This program allows “trusted illegal Immigrants” the right to travel unrestricted inside and outside of New York.

The lawsuit, which will be brought by New York Attorney General Letitia James, will argue that DHS violated New York’s sovereign immunity, failed to provide residents with equal protection and is acting in an “arbitrary and capricious manner” that denies the rights and privileges of all New Yorkers.

Federal authorities said this week that the decision to bar New Yorkers from enrolling in programs that expedite border crossings was made in response to the state’s “Green Light Law” that allows illegal migrants to obtain driver’s licenses and prevent DHS from accessing Department of Motor Vehicle data.

Cuomo called the move “extortion” and likened it to President Trump withholding military aid to Ukraine.

Time and time again President Trump and his Washington enablers have gone out of their way to hurt New York and other blue states whenever they can as punishment for refusing to fall in line with their dangerous and divisive agenda,” Cuomo said. “The Department of Homeland Security’s decision to ban New Yorkers from the Trusted Traveler Program is yet another example of this administration’s disrespect of the rule of law, hyper-partisan politics and use of extortion.

There is no rational basis for this politically motivated ban, and we are taking legal action to stop the federal government from inconveniencing New Yorkers to score political points,” He added.

What we have here is a fight by New York, seen as a test case, with the federal government over their right to control their citizens. The problem comes in with the definition of citizen, are illegal migrants afforded the same protection under the law? While individually they are, they aren’t citizens, the federal government being in charge of immigration, would then control the movement of these people, not the states. That is basically what the lawsuit is over.

There is also the case that this law includes the right of entry to the nation. The state is trying to usurp this power; the feds aren’t giving in on this.

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Sanctuary Cities

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.

According to FOX:

The DOJ has now filed a federal complaint against the State of New Jersey seeking declaratory and injunctive relief “against its laws that forbid state and local law enforcement from sharing vital information about criminal aliens with DHS,” Barr said.

That was a reference to New Jersey Attorney General Law Enforcement Directive 2018-6, which the DOJ says illegally bars officials from sharing the immigration status and release dates of individuals in custody. It also requires New Jersey law enforcement to “promptly notify a detained individual, in writing and in a language the individual can understand” if Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) files an immigration detainer request for the individual.

Additionally, “we are filing a complaint seeking declaratory and injunctive relief against King County, Washington, for the policy … that forbids DHS from deporting aliens from the United States using King County International Airport,” Barr said.

What we see is nothing short of the states trying to push the limits of their power, challenging federal authority in every way they can. As this reaches the courts, the States are going to find themselves restrained by the law. One has to wonder, what happens then?

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The Separation of Political Thought

In many ways, this reminds me of the fights between the states and federal fight in the time of Buchanan and Taylor, where both being Southern Democrats set up to appease the Southern States, which in turn set off a collision course with the Northern Republicans.

As then, we had Obama in power for eight years, gave rise to the progressive left, the power they had during his administration made them think it was theirs to keep, they soon found out otherwise with the advent of Trump.

Obama served the same period both Buchanan and Taylor served combined; the Southern states back then thought they then had control of the halls of power. Like back then, when Trump was elected, they decided to fight back.

The difference is this time there is not a clear divide of states, although it could be argued much of this is contained to both coasts. The division with cities like Denver, Chicago, Madison, and others, which are bastions of liberalism in states that are conservative outside these very populous enclaves of progressives is causing a conflict since there is no line in the sand to speak of, they have to bring their fight this way. You can see this very clearly in the 2016 electoral map:

But here is the more significant problem for the left, if you look at this map created by progressive students with the 2016 elections, you see what they are trying to avoid:

In this map, they see that if people of color or women are allowed to vote by themselves, the Democrats will win every time. Here comes the problem, the majority of the voters are white; this is not a racist statement, rather one based on facts.

The Loss Of A Voting Base

According to Wikipedia and Census Data White Americans (including White Hispanics) constitute the historical and current majority of the people living in the United States, with 72% of the population in the 2010 United States Census. Non-Hispanic whites totaled about 197,285,202 or 60.7% of the U.S. population.

When you base your whole platform on demonizing 72% of the population, you run into issues with retaining their votes. One can imagine if someone called for the returning of Jim Crow laws, how many African American votes do you think they would keep? Yet this simple fact is lost on the left.

So what is their remedy? A push to bring illegals in, to replace the hated portion of the population with new voters This is why illegals are so crucial to the left, they know with their attacks they are losing the majority of America.

About The Author

Timothy Benton

Student of history, a journalist for the last 2 years. Specialize in Middle East History, more specifically modern history with the Israeli Palestinian conflict. Also, a political commentator has been a lifetime fan of politics.

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