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In spite of testimony from government officials indicating that the Obama administration will move to require so-called sanctuary cities to turn over illegal aliens, don’t expect to see anything close happening. The Washington Times carries the story and we post it in part:
After eviscerating most of Arizona’s strict immigration law in court last month, the Obama administration is now considering going after the other side by suing sanctuary cities to force them to coöperate with federal deportation efforts, an agency chief told Congress on Monday.
John Morton, director of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, said he’s asked Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. to take legal action against Cook County, President Obama’s home county in Illinois, to force it to turn over illegal immigrants for removal. He said he’s now awaiting a final answer from the Justice Department.
“They wanted to see how certain pieces of court decisions came out. I expect to hear from them shortly, and I can tell you that resolving the issue in Cook County is very important for me,” Mr. Morton testified to the House Homeland Security subcommittee on the border.
While resolving the issue might be very important (or not) for Morton, a resolution requiring hand-over might not play into the desires of Holder or Obama. even if the “illegals,” are dangerous criminals, the action is not likely to be a popular one in the progressive groups.
Cook County officials decided several years ago they did not want to cooperate with federal authorities’ immigration efforts and stopped providing them information that could help with deportations of those booked into county jails.
Last year, the county enacted an ordinance officially halting compliance except in the most major of cases, and then only after they reached a financial agreement with the federal government to cover the costs.
Mr. Morton said that’s effectively dried up all cooperation.
“Right now, it’s not a question of Cook County releasing some individuals to us,” he said. “They are releasing no individuals to us, including very violent offenders, and I just don’t think that’s good policy.”
There’s much more to the story and we in New Mexico need to remember we have our share of sanctuary cities resulting when their mostly progressive leaning mayors and councils passed the enabling legislation. You can read the rest of this article by clicking here.