It’s not exactly a new phenomenon to see tweets from Donald Trump attacking immigrants and pushing his border wall agenda. However, his newest attacks on sanctuary cities, although he’s focused mostly on those in California, have ramped up in recent days.
While Trump paints sanctuary cities as protecting immigrants from deportation by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), that isn’t actually the way it works, of course.
‘“Sanctuary cities” is actually a misnomer. While many Americans believe that it refers to a city that doesn’t prosecute immigrants, so-called “sanctuary cities” actually refer to something far more specific.
‘There’s no single definition of what is a sanctuary city, but generally speaking, it’s a city (or a county, or a state) that limits its cooperation with federal immigration enforcement agents in order to protect low-priority immigrants from deportation, while still turning over those who have committed serious crimes. This is why we prefer the term “safe cities.”‘
Local and state police departments have stated that they do not want to be more overburdened than they already are by being required to do investigations into an immigrant’s citizenship status, and having them do so is protested by those who say that those investigations will profile people of Latino descent. Despite Trump’s claims about the projected effectiveness of walls on the U.S./Mexico border, undocumented immigrants are not all Mexican, or Latino, or even people with brown skin.
Immigrants who are not proven to have committed violent crimes or who are not convicted of the crimes for which they were arrested should not be subject to lengthy incarcerations while local police untrained in how to verify citizenship attempt to investigate them. No matter how much Trump would like to see the U.S. turn into Arizona under Sheriff Joe Arpaio in order to please his racist base, states have the right to decide how they will handle immigration enforcement.
Twitter users let Trump know that they do not support this latest tantrum of his. See some of their comments below:
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