Sanctuary City Showdown: DOJ Demands Compliance With Federal Laws

Elder Patriot – The last time the federal government squared off with a state over the enforcement of federal law was in 1963 when Alabama Gov. George C. Wallace was forced to open the University of Alabama to it’s first black students.

Wallace ended his defiance of federal law when President Kennedy’s Deputy Attorney General Nicholas Katzenbach demanded ordered National Guard troops remove the governor so that two Negroes would be able to enroll in the University of Alabama.

There was no violence.

This showdown promises to be much more disruptive to the national conscience.

The Department of Justice has sent a letter to 23 municipalities that are in violation of federal laws by declaring themselves sanctuary havens for illegal immigrants.

The letter requests, “All documents reflecting any orders, directives, instructions, or guidance to your law enforcement employees (including, but not limited to, police officers, correctional officers, and contract employees), whether formal or informal, that were distributed, produced, and/or in effect during the relevant timeframe.

“Regarding whether and how these employees may, or may not, communicate with the Department of Justice, the Department of Homeland Security, and/or Immigration and Customs Enforcement, or their agents, whether directly or indirectly.”

This is the first step before issuing federal subpoenas that would legally force the offending municipalities to submit the documentation to the Department of Justice.

The 23 municipalities are:

The intention is to force these mayors to provide answers as to how they are planning to comply with federal laws governing immigration as well as the rules and regulations covering the handling of illegal immigrants.

The letter contained a warning that failure to comply would be met with fines and further legal action.

The recent shutdown proved that Americans have no stomach for changing federal laws to favor those who have broken them by entering our country illegally. 

These mayors are playing a losing hand and they know it. Why are these mayors courting widespread civil unrest?  Are the Democrats really that desperate?

It appears that President Trump is about to begin the arduous task of fulfilling another campaign promise.

Game on.