While I am in favor of offering opportunities for people to immigrate to this country, I also believe we have a responsibility to our citizens. Immigration privileges should be available only to those who are willing to abide by the laws of the land to which they are immigrating. When it comes to sanctuary cities (or states), I find it hard to understand why anyone would want to give more standing, status and leeway to an illegal immigrant than to a citizen or legal resident.
Those who enter the country illegally are already demonstrating a lack of respect for this country’s values. So why would we give them benefits based on taxation of those who are here legally? Yet some sanctuary cities offer various welfare and HRA benefits while prohibiting questions about immigration status. Illegal immigrants are not required to pay for hospital care, as they come under protection through the EMTALA Act.
Sanctuary cities have policies that deliberately limit or prohibit communication between law enforcement officials and the federal government about arrests of illegal immigrants. One of the many consequences relates to the current opioid crisis.
Testifying before the U.S. House Judiciary Committee Subcommittee on Immigration and Border Security in February, Jessica M. Vaughan from the Center for Immigration studies stated: “Sanctuary policies are destructive to local and federal efforts to combat the opioid epidemic because they interfere with communication and cooperation that could lead to disruption and dismantling of trafficking and distribution organizations that are led by non-citizens.”
Sanctuary policies drain resources that could be better invested in caring for and protecting the law-abiding citizens and legal residents of this country. Doesn’t it seem wiser to put our efforts and investment into those who are committed to honoring the laws and values this land is built on?
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