Illegal immigration is a red hot political issue. People hold wildly different views. Public officials have sworn to uphold the law as it is written, not as they wish it would be. They certainly have some discretion. I have no problem if they tell police officers not to ask people their immigration status.
Sanctuary cities are another matter. They defy federal government requests to hold prisoners who are about to be released. The mayor of Oakland even tipped off people that a federal raid was coming. While over one hundred convicted felons were caught, many are still roaming the streets. I fail to understand why public officials put a higher priority on allowing criminals to remain here than ensuring the safety of their citizenry.
President Trump has tried to cut funds to sanctuary cities. This is doomed to fail since liberal federal judges take the position that President Obama had unlimited power while President Trump has virtually none. Courts ruled that the power to impose a travel ban are forfeited because of campaign statements. With DACA, they said Obama could create a new program contrary to existing law, but Trump can’t repeal it.
The government could explore moving jobs elsewhere. In particularly egregious cases, like the Oakland mayor, they should explore the possibility of criminal charges.
Please don’t interpret this as supporting Trump’s immigration policy. Like most political issues, I am in the middle. However, I refuse to compromise on the idea that we are a government of laws, not men.