An overwhelming majority of Americans believe that cities that arrest illegal immigrants for crimes should be required to turn them over to federal authorities.
The poll shows that President Trump has broad public support in his effort to crack down on sanctuary cities.
A survey from Harvard–Harris Poll provided exclusively to The Hill found that 80 percent of voters say local authorities should have to comply with the law by reporting to federal agents the illegal immigrants they come into contact with.
Of course, Portland mayor Ted Wheeler disagrees with the reported 80% who want our laws followed, and he blames Trump:
“When President Trump took office, some of these challenges were exacerbated, and new ones – some terrifying – appeared: a proposed ban on Muslims entering our country; active deportation of our immigrant neighbors; approval of the Dakota Access Pipeline; threats to public education, health coverage, and environmental protection. While not all Portlanders agree with me on these issues, many do.”
Hold on there, Theodore, how about a little truthiness here? Nobody proposed a ban on Muslims entering our country; the proposal applied to all citizens of seven countries, and was temporary - as in, until more effective vetting procedures could be established. So you lied, Mr. mayor.
As for "active deportation of our immigrant neighbors": Is there something about the term, "illegal foreign nationals" that you don't understand? If it's okay for them to pick and choose which of our laws they'll follow, it's easy enough for you to do the same, right?
It's also sad that as mayor of a city whose schools rank among the lowest in the nation in terms of dropout rates yet among the highest when it comes to "graduating" illiterate students, you nonetheless have the unmitigated audacity to talk about "threats to public education". Work with the Portland school board to ensure that they're willing and able to turn out the only product that we expect of them: students who can read, do math, and little things like that. Don't you find it just a little interesting that a student at privately-run Jesuit High School can manage to come up with a way to inexpensively convert sea water into drinking water, when a student at publicly-run Wilson High has difficulty with addition?
How many other Whoppers do you think you can sell?
But, on the bright side:
Officials from the Department of Homeland Security confirmed on Tuesday that the department is working on a plan that would see anyone that crosses the southern border illegally sent packing right on back to Mexico — whether they are Mexican citizens or not — according to ProPublica.
“This would say if you want to make a claim for asylum or whatever we’ll hear your case but you are going to wait in Mexico,” a DHS official said, according to the report.
Agents along the Rio Grande in Texas observe that they've already seen a large drop in attempted border-hoppings since January. Even though there are still a few items to work out between the two countries, numbers are already declining. The Mexican government obviously is less than enamored with the prospect of having a bunch of Hondurans, Guatemalans, etc. dumped into their lap, but it might motivate them to stop serving as a conduit for illegal entry into our country. Really, there's nothing that says we have to pay to return them to their home countries; they were in Mexico before they tried to cross our border, so back to Mexico they go. It seems only reasonable.