A pro-border enforcement advocate says the federal government has the right to go after illegal aliens anywhere in country, including in three large cities that are attempting to provide sanctuary for them.
A recent Pew Research Center study suggests that more than 2.5 million illegal aliens live in the metro areas of New York, Chicago, and Los Angeles, and city officials in those cities have pledged to fight President Donald Trump's plans to crack down on illegal immigration.
There's a reason those three cities have almost three million illegals living among the population, says Ira Mehlman of the Federation for American Immigration Reform, or FAIR.
"And that is because they have done everything in their power to accommodate people who are violating federal immigration laws," he complains.
"To all those who are, after Tuesday's election, very nervous and filled with anxiety," said Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel days after Election Day, "you are safe in Chicago, you are secure in Chicago and you are supported in Chicago."
But federal officials aren't being very accomodating. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officers have been conducting raids in 11 states in recent weeks, including in New York City, where left-wing protesters blocked streets in attempts to stop them.
"Immigration agents arrest 600 people across U.S. in one week," declared the Feb. 12 headline in The New York Times.
The story explains farther down that ICE, under the Obama administration, conducted a sweep last August that netted 58 people in New York City. The arrests last week, now under Trump's direction, netted 40 people.
In Chicago, where Emanuel declared illegals are safe and secure, ICE agents arrested 45 people whose crimes range from cocaine possession and sexual abuse of a minor to DUI and burglary, The Chicago Tribune reported.
Allowing illegal aliens to remain in the U.S., Mehlman says, comes at the expense of Americans who live and work in those cities, and at the expense of taxpayers who fund the social services that help those illegals.
The federal government has the legal right, Mehlan insists, to go into those cities and enforce the country's immigration laws.