A Sanctuary City is the Perils of Nullification. @Larry_Kudlow @Timothy

Feb 01, 2017, 03:38 AM

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A Sanctuary City is the Perils of Nullification. @Larry_Kudlow @Timothy

“…The idea of giving sanctuary has an ancient heritage. The modern incarnation harkens back to the Underground Railroad active before the Civil War. The Fugitive Slave Act of 1850 required officials in free northern states to comply with southern slaveholders and, worse, created large financial rewards for each fugitive returned. States from Vermont to Wisconsin responded with sanctuary laws that forbade local judges to comply, a stance echoed by modern sanctuary cities. Conflating slavery with criminal immigration, however, is a poor analogy. Both involve a sojourn of labor, but there is more to the story. Nullification of federal primacy was the justification behind the Confederate South’s secession in 1860, too. It was southern states in 1861, like sanctuary cities now, that believed their sovereign authority was whatever they wanted it to be. To believe this, however, is also to believe that West Virginia has the right to nullify mining regulations, Idaho has the right to nullify free speech, and North Dakota can build pipelines wherever it darn well pleases. How, for example, would you feel if the San Francisco sheriff decided that drug dealers would henceforth be executed on the spot with no jury trial or limits on cruel and unusual punishment? What if Cincinnati put abortion providers in jail? Clearly there has to be some balance between federalist diversity and constitutional rights. Just as clearly, sanctuary for criminal illegal immigrants upsets that balance. Even those who favor immigration broadly–and favor the idea of huddled masses yearning to be free in America–can be opposed to sanctuary policies. Hillary Clinton was. At least she said so in August 2015. Barack Obama said he was too. Yet tragedies epitomized by Kate Steinle’s killing have been far too common. Odds are high that the sanctuary policies are headed for a clash with the incoming Trump administration, but the question is what he can do that Obama couldn’t (or wouldn’t)?

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