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Trump Attacks Sanctuary Cities

Feb 17, 2020

In Trump’s latest disgusting attack on immigrants, he has ordered tactical units of the Border Patrol to sanctuary cities throughout the country, including Chicago, Los Angeles, Detroit, New York, Atlanta, Houston, and others.

The Trump administration has been seeking to deport undocumented immigrants with any conviction on record. DUI? Deportation. Missed child support payments? Deportation.

In fact, this new deployment does not mean very much new. All these agents are allowed to do is help ICE try to track down people they already wanted to deport.

Trump is playing a disgusting game, trying to appeal to his base by doubling down on the idea that immigrants are a threat to people born in this country. But the Democrats offer no real protection from Trump’s game. They may not speak in the same anti-immigrant language, but they serve the same bosses.

All their Sanctuary City slogan means is that police in these cities do not hand over undocumented people to ICE to deport them. But neither do the police protect these immigrants from ICE—or from all the other very real threats facing immigrants.