Donald Trump was elected, partly, to avert a civil war. And part of his appeal was securing America’s borders and repatriating illegal aliens and terrorists. People it seems tire of criminals entering the country to compete for scarce jobs and to loot the welfare office. They are incensed by hoards of “refugees” of a totally alien culture bent on turning Omaha into Paris or, worse, Damascus. “Build the wall!,” they chanted at rally after rally.
Now that Trump is headed for the highest office, it remains to be seen if he will follow through. One sign that he might do so is his pick for Attorney General: Alabama Senator Jeff Sessions. Under existing law Trump and Sessions will have great power to tame immigration.
The other side refuses to lie down, even after their electoral beating this month. Their tenacity is to be commended. Like their criminal friends and constituents, their leaders have vowed to evade the law. The mayors of “sanctuary cities” across the nation declare they will allow illegal immigrants to stay in spite of the coming crackdown. Sessions may have a harsh answer for them.
The Senator has indicated he may well use his coming authority to strip said cities of federal funding. He also has a more drastic option at his disposal (or, he will).
8 U.S.C. § 1324 makes aiding, abetting, and harboring illegal aliens a felony:
Any person who …
knowing or in reckless disregard of the fact that an alien has come to, entered, or remains in the United States in violation of law, conceals, harbors, or shields from detection, or attempts to conceal, harbor, or shield from detection, such alien in any place, including any building or any means of transportation …
[Or who] aids or abets the commission of any of the preceding acts,
shall be punished…
in the case of a violation of subparagraph (A)(ii), (iii), (iv), or (v)(II), be fined under title 18, imprisoned not more than 5 years, or both…
Being a mayor or city official is not an exemption to “any person” as contemplated by the law. And certain circumstances elevate some violations to 20-year felony status.
This law is currently used as infrequently as the general prohibition against illegal entries (probably much less – if at all). That may change.
The change might also affect colleges and universities, many of which allow illegal aliens not only to attend classes, but to do so at discounted tuition rates. This is a slap in the face to legal immigrants, native citizens, taxpayers, and the rule of law.
Two schools in Georgia recently contemplated caving to criminal protesters and to allowing illegals cheap access to what passes for education (not a guarantee for anyone). Numerous administrators and faculty members at the schools support the idea – probably because they stand to gain financially from the enrollments (the law and the taxpayers tossed aside).
And our money? And our laws? And our civilization? Townhall.
Perhaps they will reconsider their positions in the face of possible “harboring” prosecutions. If not, they could have five good years during which to reflect.