Sanctuary states aren't humane...they're anti-American
I happened to read a letter in the Feb. 27 Cape Gazette signed by five ladies of the Civil Rights Team of the Progressive Democrats of Sussex County (CRT of the PDSC for short) that sparked some thoughts about the state of our American culture.
The ladies wrote to urge state legislators to make Delaware a "safe haven for all residents...(who) for any one of a number of reasons have no formal documents...becoming a place of sanctuary is not only the humane thing to do for some of the most vulnerable people residing within our state. It also affirms the importance of leaving local law enforcement decisions to our cities and towns."
Then, they try to have it both ways, adding that, "Of course there is a need for federal immigration policies, including the current practice of prioritizing, reporting and deportation of persons convicted of serious criminal behavior."
In other words, only after someone is convicted of a second "serious" crime after first breaking into the country, do they approve of enforcement action!
To give us an overview of the sanctuary strategy, Washington Times journalist Dan Boyer recently reported that, "Nearly 500 jurisdictions are now sanctuary cities, according to a group that's tracked the issue for more than a decade, and who said there's been a massive surge in the number of places trying to thwart federal immigration agents since President Trump's election.
"U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, the agency that handled deportations, says 279 municipalities refused to cooperate on at least one case in fiscal year 2016. All told, those sanctuaries released more than 2,000 illegal immigrants back onto the streets that ICE agents had been trying to deport."
So, how did our American culture get to this point?
To provide some background, the late political scientist Sam Huntington explained our origins and what's at risk in his book, "Who Are We?" He says that:
"America's core culture has been the culture of the 17th and 18th century settlers who founded American society. Elements include Christian religion, protestant values and moralism, a work ethic, the English language, British traditions of law, justice and limits of government power; legacy of European art, literature, philosophy and music. Out of this culture the settlers developed the American Creed with its principles of liberty, equality, individualism, representative government and private property."
This American culture held basically true for 189 years until LBJ signed the Hart-Celler Act in 1965 which uncoupled legal immigration from our European roots to more family chain reunification from Third World countries. They promised no change in our ethnic balance, but that was deception.
Here's the result. In 1950, Hispanics were 2.6 percent of the population. In the 2010 U.S. Census, they had grown to 16 percent and growing with a recent unemployment rate of 5.9 percent. African-Americans total only 13 percent and experience increased job competition resulting in a 9 percent unemployment rate. Alarmingly, it's 21 percent among black youths (16-24) not in school, of whom too many become salesmen for the Mexican cartels.
Moreover, Ann Coulter writing in her book "Adios America" reports that Pew Research found that the U.S. has taken in more than 25 percent of Mexico's population with 75 percent of immigrant families from Mexico on government assistance of some kind. California alone has 14 million Hispanics, which is more people than in 46 other states!
In effect, our political elites without public debate or referendum have allowed us to become Mexico's safety valve in exporting their poor, uneducated lower classes.
Curiously, the "CRT of the PDSC" don't even mention any connection with the estimated $25 billion of cocaine, heroin and marijuana pouring over the border annually from Mexico that are destroying Delaware lives and families.
Mr. Huntington concluded that illegal immigration is a threat to "societal security." Through the continuous drumbeat for multiculturalism and diversity, the demise of our American culture is being promoted.
We need to answer the question "who are we?" before our core culture is lost forever.
Geary Foertsch lives in Rehoboth Beach and writes from a libertarian perspective to promote policies supporting economic liberty, free market, small government and anti-war. He can be reached at email@example.com.