April 14, 2019


Donald Trump's Idea to Ship Illegal Immigrants to Sanctuary Cities Is Ridiculous and Wrong (DAVID FRENCH, April 12, 2019, National Review)

First, to the extent that the order applies to immigrants seeking asylum, we have to remember that they're exercising a legal right. The relevant statute is broad and clear:

Any alien who is physically present in the United States or who arrives in the United States (whether or not at a designated port of arrival and including analien who is brought to the United States after having been interdicted in international or United States waters), irrespective of such alien's status, may apply for asylum in accordance with this section or, where applicable, section 1225(b) of this title.

The idea that we will then punish people who are exercising legal rights granted by our own government by shipping them to domestic locations chosen for purely partisan and punitive purposes is plainly wrong. Depending on the circumstances, it can even be cruel.

If a person who lacks resources has a place to stay with, say, an aunt in Waco, is it right or reasonable to ship them to Silicon Valley?

Moreover, if the actual goal is to deport an illegal immigrant rather than use him or her to punish your enemies, then why send them to sanctuary cities that make deportation more difficult? And if Trump truly believes his hyperbole about illegal immigrant crime, how can we interpret his tweet as anything other than floating an intentional effort to sow chaos in specific American cities?

From a purely political standpoint, how does this not backfire? It's remarkable the extent to which he seems to think that if he's just mean enough, his foes will fold. San Francisco will not cry "uncle" if Trump starts bussing migrants to the city. Instead, I can predict what will happen. Compassion will become an act of resistance, and the city (and broader Bay Area community) with perhaps the most formidable private philanthropic resources in the world would certainly rally to publicly support the men and women involuntarily removed to their town.

Imagine the media circus when the first bus arrives, and it's greeted by a constellation of activists, church leaders, and regular citizens.

Just use Donald to get them to safety and Americans willl figure out the rest.

Posted by at April 14, 2019 6:43 AM