sanctuary cities

Do Elite Political Leaders Have the Right To Choose What Laws To Enforce?

Does Mayor Bill de Blasio of New York City have the right to put legal residents at risk by protecting illegal aliens who may be felons?

Nobody knows for sure how many sanctuary cities there are in the United States, but there are at least 340. I believe the coming fight between President Trump and the mayors and/or governors in sanctuary cities, counties, and states across the country may be the most significant event in the history of America.

The real question that has to be decided is whether or not local, county or state politicians, politically elite or not, can choose to deny enforcing national laws. Over the last eight years, President Barack Obama and his two attorney generals have decided they are not going to enforce illegal immigration laws in the United States. For a mayor or the sheriff, or whoever makes a decision to disobey immigration laws, he or she is committing anarchy, in no uncertain terms. I have to ask if this continues, what other laws will the anarchists choose not to obey?

Either we are a nation of laws or we are not. We cannot give local or state leaders the right to choose which laws they want to enforce. It seems to me then, if in doing so, these political leaders are not providing equal justice under the law. For a politician to decide that the fate of people who have illegally entered the United States supersedes the rights of their local citizens or foreign nationals who have entered the United States legally is not equal protection. Look at these numbers from FOX News: statistics show the estimated 11.7 million illegal immigrants in the U.S. account for 13.6 % of all offenders sentenced for crimes committed in the U.S.  They include %of murder sentences, 20 %of kidnapping sentences, and 16 % of drug trafficking sentences.

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On February 4, 2016, border-crossing officials were directed by President Obama to stand down, and as a result, some estimates were that at least 1500 people crossed the southern border freely and with no interdiction. Politicians at the local and federal level would tell you it’s not a problem; these are good people who are just coming for a better opportunity. That may be true for some, but no one can convince me that 100% of all the illegals crossing the border are good guys. Crime statistics related to illegal immigration would point to a different conclusion.

CNN reported that according to Immigration and Customs Enforcement, 177,960, undocumented immigrants were deported last year who were convicted criminals. ICE Secure Communities Office estimates there are approximately 2.1 million legal or illegal immigrants with criminal convictions living free or behind bars in the U.S. Each year, about 900,000 legal and illegal immigrants are arrested, and 700,000 are released from jail, prison, or probation so there are more than 1.2 million criminal aliens at large in the country.

According to, let’s look at a few numbers concerning criminal aliensYou haven’t seen them in the New York Times, Atlanta Constitution, or the Miami Herald, nor have they been featured on NBC Nightly news or CNN. So, the average American is blissfully unaware of them.

  • Between 2008 and 2014, 40% of all murder convictions in Florida were criminal aliens. In New York it was 34% and Arizona 17.8%.
  • During those years, criminal aliens accounted for 38% of all murder convictions in the five states of California, Texas, Arizona, Florida and New York, while illegal aliens constitute only 5.6% of the total population in those states.
  • That 38% represents 7,085 murders out of the total of 18,643.

That 5.6% figure for the average illegal alien population in those five states comes from US Census estimates. We know the real number is double that official estimate. Yet, even if it is 11%, it is still shameful that the percentage of murders by criminal aliens is more than triple the illegal population in those states.

Let’s look at the crime rates in Texas by illegals. According to PJ Media, they obtained a never-before-released copy of a Texas DPS report on human smuggling, containing the numbers of crimes committed by aliens in Texas.   According to the analysis conducted by the Texas Department of Public Safety, foreign aliens committed 611,234 unique crimes in Texas from 2008 to 2014, including thousands of homicides and sexual assaults.

Ask yourself this question. If you are living in a sanctuary city, would you feel safer if the law of the land was enforced? Go to for a list of known sanctuary cities in the United States. As of October of last year, there were 340 sanctuary cities in the United States. How safe can you be? Do you want President Trump to enforce the law?

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Dan Perkins is a current events columnist for, the daily,, Reagan and others. He is the author of the Trilogy on radical Islamic nuclear terrorism against the United States called, The Brotherhood of the Red Nile. Mr. Perkins can be heard on W4CY on Tuesday evenings at 8 PM Eastern, and his website is DanPerkins.Guru. His latest book Peter the little Irish seal can be found on Barnes& or through your local bookseller

Dan Perkins

Dan Perkins is a current events commentator who writes for several blogs including,, the, and among others. He is the author of the trilogy on radical Islamic terrorism against the United States called the Brotherhood of the Red Nile. Dan can be heard on W4CY on Tuesdays at 8 PM Eastern.

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