Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Mike Kagan: "The truth about sanctuary cities"

UNLV immprof Mike Kagan has an excellent and timely op-ed in The Nevada Independent that you should check out: The truth about sanctuary cities.

Mike talks about the federal court brief opposing sanctuary cities that was recently signed by Nevada Attorney General Adam Laxalt. He also talks about the origins and meaning of the phrase "sanctuary city."

He identifies tough questions for Laxalt and :"anyone who might be a governor, a mayor, a sheriff, or a legislator in a state with a large immigrant population":

  • Should someone be arrested for nothing more than unpaid speeding tickets and be turned over to Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE)?
  • What should we do about the fact that ICE agents recently tried to arrest a woman who was completing a special program for victims of human trafficking?
  • What can we do about the fact that under the Trump Administration, immigrant women are becoming afraid to call the police to seek help from domestic violence and sexual assault?

What's particularly great about Mike's piece is its genuine appreciation for the politics at issue. He writes: "The use of the 'sanctuary' label threatens to turn off potential allies who immigrants need in Nevada and in other closely divided states. Opponents are taking advantage as we head into the pivotal 2018 elections."

Kudos, Mike for having an eye out for 2018!



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What happened to personal responsibility? If a person breaks the law, take responsibility and suffer the consequences. Laws must be respected

Posted by: Marlene | Jul 10, 2017 7:49:12 PM

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