After re-reading the last part of my own earlier comment:
by resist, I do not just mean by citing local laws against federal interference, but also – if all else fails – by using firearms. Everyone who is serious about defending a sanctuary city must start by owning and being competent in operating firearms. Don’t come complaining to us when legislative countermeasures are not enough; we have already stated what needs to be done. Federal laws on their own do not magically deport people; all it takes is for people to choose to stay put. To drag someone from their home is a physical action; the last line of defence against it is also necessarily physical. If Rehabs must risk their lives each time they enter their intended victims’ home to drag them from it, will they really be willing to do it millions of times over?
I thought it might be worth elaborating on sanctuary cities, a major target of the Trump administration. Here is a map of sanctuary locations across the US:
Bonus music: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FROMc2DwMDk
Here is a good research report on the subject, which might be helpful for debunking rightist lies:
Crime is statistically significantly lower in sanctuary counties compared to nonsanctuary counties. Moreover, economies are stronger in sanctuary counties—from higher median household income, less poverty, and less reliance on public assistance to higher labor force participation, higher employment-to-population ratios, and lower unemployment.
Among the main findings:
- There are, on average, 35.5 fewer crimes committed per 10,000 people in sanctuary counties compared to nonsanctuary counties.
- Median household annual income is, on average, $4,353 higher in sanctuary counties compared to nonsanctuary counties.
- The poverty rate is 2.3 percent lower, on average, in sanctuary counties compared to nonsanctuary counties.
- Unemployment is, on average, 1.1 percent lower in sanctuary counties compared to nonsanctuary counties.
- While the results hold true across sanctuary jurisdictions, the sanctuary counties with the smallest populations see the most pronounced effects.
Altogether, the data suggest that when local law enforcement focuses on keeping communities safe, rather than becoming entangled in federal immigration enforcement efforts, communities are safer and community members stay more engaged in the local economy. This in turn brings benefits to individual households, communities, counties, and the economy as a whole.
What this should imply is that sanctuary counties on average pay more in taxes than non-sanctuary counties. Therefore, if Trump is going to attack sanctuary policy by cutting federal funding, those affected could respond by ceasing to pay federal taxes, and conceivably end up financially better off than before. Why should sanctuary taxpayers continue to pay federal taxes anyway, when they will no longer allocated federal funds in return (and instead their tax money will apparently be spent on building Trump’s wall)?
In fact, Americans in general who did not vote for Trump (who campaigned on the promise of building a wall) would be entirely justified if they refused to pay federal taxes for the wall. The only people who have any reason to be paying for the wall are the Trump voters, since they are the ones who want it built.
If this message of refusing (with local government endorsement) to pay federal taxes can spread, it will provide positive incentive for more locations throughout the US to declare themselves sanctuaries also, thus bringing about the exact opposite of the disincentive that federal defunding was intended to be. Indeed, the money saved from federal taxes could be paid into a pan-sanctuary foundation instead! This would enable sanctuaries in need of extra money to be aided by sanctuaries with money to spare, strengthening the entire pan-sanctuary economy. We should even explore the possibility of establishing a pan-sanctuary currency as an alternative to US dollars!
In response to Lucius’ concern about Trump’s travel ban, I propose the incredibly simple solution of sanctuary airports! If individual airports simply choose to let through customs those people with passports from Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen irrespective of whether or not Trump thinks they should be allowed in, is Trump going to drop bombs on these airports? PACPO needs to start contacting every international airport in the US, especially those located in sanctuary cities, petitioning them to take this heroic step, which in fact is nothing more than to just keep doing what they were already doing before Trump’s executive order was issued). Sanctuary airports should be presented as the 21st century version of the 19th century Underground Railroad:
(In the meantime, another way people from Trump’s banned countries can get into the US is simply to fly to Canada and then walk across the US-Canada border. Let’s see Trump try to build a wall along the length of the US’s northern border too!)
It doesn’t stop here. PACPO should be thinking about what other sanctuary institutions are needed, and proposing all of them in detail to the people on the ground who can choose to implement these ideas. And, I repeat one more time, every sanctuary must be defended from the Rehabs with firearms. Not protest signs, not chants, not sit-ins, but FIREARMS (ideally sniper rifles and DMRs, though any rifles will do). When I spoke of ressurecting Atlantis, I was being totally serious, and this is how you do it.
Bonus video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rOdELisKpP4