When asked, most people will tell you that the Civil War was as a result of southern states’ desire to keep slavery. But scholars will tell you that the reasons for the conflict were much more unclear… the slavery issue is a major factor, but taxation and states’ rights also played a large part.
Now, substitute the word “sanctuary” for “slavery” and realize that the growing number of sanctuary cities, counties, and states are rapidly approaching the same mindset and financial picture that the Confederate States of America had from 1860 to 1865.
Civil War II has never been closer than it is today. Look at an updated map of the United States. It is readily apparent that the entire west coast, a large area in the upper midwest, and the upper northeast are already identified as sanctuary areas. These jurisdictions… heavily influenced by years of failed Democrat leadership, and now emboldened by anti-Trump sentiments, have undertaken the protection of illegal immigrants with the same enthusiasm as their slavery-holding counterparts from the 1860s.
More recently, it started almost innocuously with certain Democrats refusing to call the border transgressors “illegal immigrants.” To soften the specter of illegality, “undocumented worker” was suggested by the Left. Not at all different from the slaveowners, who were willing to call their human slaves “property,” in order to get around the law.
As soon as the children of illegal immigrants were born here, and approached voting age, they were given the romantic name “dreamers,” and Liberals from all levels of government rose up to protect them with specific legislation.
There followed, a determined, but low-key, all-out effort to excuse the illegality of those aliens who sneaked into the greatest nation on earth. And the self-identified sanctuary jurisdictions quickly became a haven for the huge number of illegal aliens… even those committing addition felonies while here. Hard-line Democrats became so vitriolic in defense of illegal immigration, that they even began to call for open borders. Many political arguments ensued, with the result being that Liberals began to legislate in favor of illegal immigrants over native-born citizens. Criticism of ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement) agents as heavy-handed and heartless followed. Sanctuary jurisdictions forbid their law enforcement officers from cooperating with ICE when illegal immigrants are apprehended, while some of the most extreme leftists called for the elimination of ICE altogether.
Enter Donal J. Trump, 45th President of the United States. Trump had been elected by a huge number of Americans disgusted by the immigration lawlessness being espoused and encouraged by Democrats and Liberals. Serious crimes committed by the millions of illegal immigrants already here began to draw major attention. The entire nation has grown all too familiar with the plights of illegal immigration victims Kate Steinle, and more recently, California police officer Ronil Singh.
But the Democrats, apparently unfazed by American victimization by illegal immigrants, marched on. California governor, Gavin Newsome, newly elected, immediately pronounced that his state would be the first ALL-SANCTUARY state in the nation. New York Mayor, Bill DeBlasio, followed with the announcement that New York City would become the first to give free healthcare to all residents… including illegal immigrants. Both men obviously unaware or not caring that their actions would soon attract thousands upon thousands of additional illegal immigrants. Much like uber-vocal open-border Liberals had KNOWINGLY lured thousands of Central Americans to the US southern border in the recent several well-publicized caravans.
Although Trump has law and history on his side, overcoming the destructiveness of sanctuary cities, states, and counties will not be easy. Like Liberal jurisdictions, some courts in the sanctuary jurisdictions are also Liberal, and willing to do anything to thwart Trump. The standoff between POTUS and the Schumer/Pelosi obstruction to a southern barrier has caused the federal government to be closed indefinitely. Trump’s every legal move is challenged and will be so until those Liberal courts are legally challenged and restructured. President Trump has threatened sanctuary jurisdictions with the loss of federal funds, and the issue, stopped by lower courts, awaits the ruling of the Supreme Court.
Despite the outcome of the Supreme Court’s anticipated interpretation of the law, approximately half of the country will still be angry. Whether or not they will be angry enough to secede from the Union is another question. But the similarities to the hard-nosed opposition by sanctuary jurisdictions to those states once protecting slavery is real enough that Americans should be very worried.
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