“Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free.” Perhaps these words written on Lady Liberty first inspired the creation of so called “sanctuary cities” in the United States. Sanctuary cities began in the 80’s as a network of churches and religious congregations that provided safe housing for refugees. Today, sanctuary cities have transformed from a small scale network to a larger social movement to fight xenophobia and bring the possibility of a normal life for undocumented people. Lately, the buzzword of “sanctuary cities” is on every politician's lips as Trump makes dramatic threats to cut federal funding from counties that continue this “sanctuary city” practice.
Imagine you have a bowl of M&M’s and you have the option to eat as many or as few as you want. However, for every 1,000 M&M’s in the bowl there is one that is poisoned. Your odds are still good! Just pray you don’t get that one M&M that can end your life. While most would use common sense and say that eating the M&M’s are too risky, this game of life and death occurs when we allow illegal immigrants to stay in America. Sanctuary Cities are notorious for taking this risk and they have started seeing the result of eating the wrong M&M.
The Los Angeles freelance writer Richards discussed the changing ideology and opinions that have shaped California’s immigration policies. Even though Los Angeles is a sanctuary city that hosts several hundred thousand of immigrants, the city was once a tough place for immigrants to settle and enter. For example, in 1986, the city had instituted measures that could deport immigrants more so the ones who had a higher risk of recidivism (Richards). However, as the immigrants’ population surged and their political relevance increased, a federal court eventually awarded them the right to be accorded public services that other city members were entitled to, retracting the 1994 discriminatory policy that denied immigrants such privileges (Richards).
Last week the City of Ithaca passed an ordinance to make the city a Sanctuary City. Local Congressman Tom Reed says sanctuary cities are not the right approach. "We should be focusing on the root cause of the problem, it's a border that's not functioning, that needs to be enforced to keep our American citizens safe so she has a safe environment upon which to thrive and achieve the American dream. So I think if we can adopt that common ground, if we can adopt that vision we can unite and solve the problem that is the root cause of this and thats
Illegal immigrants have been a hot topic lately due to the popularity of this topic amongst the Republican Presidential Nominees, especially Donald Trump. These illegal immigrants bring various things to this country when they come. Some things are positive, such as a family simply seeking to find a better life, while some things are harmful to the United States, such as the amount of crime among illegal immigrants. In July 2015, the most recent estimate of illegal immigrants was 11.2 million. This same data shoes that 56 percent of all deportations last year were convicted criminals, which accounted for 177,960 individuals (Shoichet, 2015). Crime among illegal immigrants is a problem, and sanctuary cities, which are supposed to be a solution, may be making this problem worse.
In a quest to solve the question of if the new law (SB4) harmful or necessary, I think that this new law is necessary to keep out illegal immigrants. This new law requires city council members, members of the county commissions court or other governing bodies, sheriffs, district and city attorneys and even campus police of colleges and universities in the effort to enforce it. People that get to be here illegally should be held accountable for their actions. Sanctuary cities are not necessary in my opinion, because they are allowing people to come illegally in the U.S and commit crimes that they are able to get away with.
A Sanctuary city is a city that does not permit municipal funds or resources to be applied in furtherance of enforcement of federal immigration. However, Sanctuary cities are not and should not be a practice within the United States. The problem is that Sanctuary cities defy federal law, endangers the citizens of that city and propose taxes that do not benefit the people who pay them.
The largest mass shooting took place at a Country concert in Las Vegas, killings fifty eight people and injuring hundreds other. Of the 58 people killed during the massacre, 36 were women and 22 were men. Stories of people crouched down while next to their friends and relatives. Some out their bodies over loved ones to protect them from the shots, while others died in the arms of their family. The culprit was Stephen Paddock, who was a sixty-five year old man, shot from the thirty second floor of the Mandalay Bay Hotel. The article talked to people who knew Paddock yet nobody would ever suspect that he would do this. Marilou Darnley, his girlfriend said that Paddock had bought her a place tickets to Philippines to visit family, and she was
The name “sanctuary cities” comes from the 1980s protests of federal immigration policies that refused shelter to refugees from El Salvador and Guatemala. It all began when the Salvadoran government had inflicted martial law on all its citizens, which in effect pronounced the beginning of mass killings in the country. The movement was formed to offer protection to these undocumented refugees that were fleeing the Central American wars that plagued their homes. An estimated 18,000 to 20,000 people were killed or “disappeared” in the 1980’s alone. Thousands of Salvadorans fled the violence, coming north through Mexico to the United States. In July of 1980, two dozen or more Salvadorans who were crossing the Sonoran Desert were deserted by their
As the Texas legislature moves to the end of their one hundred and forty days in session, a few key bills held the attention of both the Texas House of Representatives and the Texas Senate. Two of these central bills are referred to as Sanctuary cities, Senate Bill 4, and Voter ID, Senate Bill 14. Though these two issues are hotly contested by most democratic representatives, numerous republicans hold many concerns over these two bills as well as Governor Greg Abbott recently signed the two into law. As I analyze these two issues, a few primary issues strike me as an issue. With the adoption of new regulations and restrictions for both voter identification and sanctuary cities, the political,
The United States of America has always been a refuge where poor and oppressed people from the far corners of the world can come to begin a new life. Much of the nation’s allure to prospective immigrants is in its promise of equal opportunity for all, regardless of race, creed, or color. But the pressures of rising unemployment rates, congested cities, a crippled healthcare system, and national debt skyrocketing out of control have caused America to defend her borders against the influx of immigrants that threaten her already ailing economy. Still, despite all the heightened security measures incorporated in recent decades, a steady stream of immigrants continue to enter the country illegally. The Washington Times reports that there are
In “Sanctuary city districts brace for executive order to withhold funds”... by Angela Pascopella, she writes on how Donald Trump is attempting to stop the funding of these sanctuary cities. Sanctuary cities are places where Illegal immigrants, immigrants who entered the U. S. without the correct things to enter legally, are protected from the wrath of the government. The immigrants are protected by the county they are in, so that the federal government can’t take them away, because the county government has them under their control. For example, Los Angeles is a sanctuary city. Nearly 4 million of K12 students, or 7 percent of the U.S. come from undocumented families. Los Angeles and other cities like Chicago and New York try and protect
The shooting occurred at the Fruitvale train station on January 1st, 2009. At the station, a fight broke out in one of the trains and when the train stopped the fight started again outside of the train at one of the stops. While they were fighting on the train the BART officers were called. The officers came and arrested everyone that was in the fight. A guy named Oscar Grant was in the fight and was also arrested (Meyer). While Grant was being arrested by Officer Mehserle, he resisted the officer’s attempts. Since Grant was resisting he was pushed onto the ground on his stomach to be handcuffed. Johannes Mehserle was having trouble handcuffing Grant so the other BART officers helped him. When Grant was on the ground Mehserle was going to tase him since he would not stop resisting. When Mehserle thought he pulled out his TASER, he instead pulled out his gun. Mehserle accidentally shot Grant with his gun since he thought he pulled out his TASER (Bulwa).
The history of America has been associated with immigration. In fact, the population of America is believed to be highly dominated by immigrants. The topic of immigrants in the United Sates is crucial even in the present situation. There are mixed reactions on the best way to deal with the issue of immigration, especially in the political front. Immigration in the United States is quite extensive and began long time ago. This essay will address the American Immigration history, featuring the cities and community of nations between 1880 and 1914, as well as the urban politics at the turn of the century.
Dionny Diaz, 28, a day laborer and undocumented immigrant expressed his overwhelming concern over mass deportations and the town’s involvement. “My friend was arrested by ICE 3 weeks ago. He had no criminal record, just one DUI,” he said. “I prefer to believe in the sanctuary churches than city officials.” Faith leaders in the community have gathered to show support to the hundreds of undocumented immigrants in the midst of uncertainty. Faith groups across Morristown, N.J., have vowed to shield undocumented immigrants from President Trump’s immigration orders; and thus, church communities are offering their sanctuaries as safe havens. Charles Perez, 58, the reverend associate pastor of the Morristown United Methodist Church, and other faith leaders are offering their support to the undocumented immigrants in Morristown and neighboring cities in Morris County. “I’m a Hispanic and it breaks my heart to see my people walking in fear,” Perez said. “Because of the current state of our country, faith leaders are preparing to provide sanctuary if it’s necessary to keep families together.” he concluded.