When one law is not enforced, all sorts of other laws are weakened, explains Victor Davis Hanson in American Greatness. For example, “sanctuary cities” don’t just forbid full immigration enforcement in particular jurisdictions. Sanctuary cities are a signal that U.S. Immigration law, and other laws by extension, can be ignored.
Worse still, continues VDH, one unenforced law can lead to the weakening of other laws.
The result of hundreds of “sanctuary cities” is not just to forbid full immigration enforcement in particular jurisdictions. They also signal that U.S. immigration law, and other laws by extension, can be ignored.
Trump is a polarizing president, and his critics have decided that extraordinary and sometimes extralegal measures are morally justified to stop him. Supposedly high-minded ends are seen as justifying unlawful means. Helping undocumented immigrants evade the law, stopping the Supreme Court nomination of Brett Kavanaugh or otherwise thwarting Trump all warrant special immunity.
Ignoring laws Is Contagious and Can Boomerang
Sanctuary cities could in theory birth conservative sanctuary zones.
Would today’s protesters wish for other jurisdictions to nullify federal laws and court rulings concerning abortion, gun registration, and gay marriage?
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