Now that local law enforcement has the tools it needs to ID and arrest illegal aliens, Washington needs to use Congressional clout to abolish self-proclaimed Sanctuary Cities once and for all.
Although the label of sanctuary city sounds quite noble, the actions of these municipalities is anything but noble. By enacting official policies and municipal ordinances that provide safe haven for illegal aliens, these cities thumb their noses at US Immigration Law, national security, and American values.
The existence of self-designated sanctuary cities has resulted in a growing sub-culture of poverty, fraud, and violent crime within our country (see: MS-13).
But why would these cities adopt such an anti-American policy to begin with?
Years ago, elected officials in those cities proclaimed that it was not their city's fiscal responsibility, or the duty of their local police, to enforce "federal" immigration laws. Furthermore, liberal politicians and latino activists asserted that questioning an hispanic about his or her immigration status was "discriminatory", and amounted to ethnic profiling. (The fact that the overwhelming majority of the millions of illegal aliens living in America are from Mexico, Central America, and South America must have been irrelevant.)
However, there was---and is---a much more insidious purpose behind the adoption of a "sanctuary city" policy: to increase the liberal power in Washington.
Because the US Census Bureau includes illegal aliens in their population count, and since House apportionment is determined purely by the Census head count, States with sanctuary cities stand to receive increased Congressional representation (as well as pork barrel spending).
In the words of Nicholas Ballasy of CNSNews.com:
This means that a state harboring more illegal aliens can gain more House seats as long as the Census Bureau finds the illegal aliens and counts them. This also means that the illegal alien population resident in the United States during a census year has the potential to alter the regional and philosophical balance of power in Congress.This hijacking of Congressional representation is one of the less-talked about consequences of allowing cities to harbor illegal aliens in our country, but it's perhaps one of the most far-reaching ones.