Murders Continue to Escalate in Liberal Cities

by: the Common Constitutionalist

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Cities around the country are breaking records. Oh, it’s not for job growth, graduation rates or anything hopeful like that. They’re breaking records for documented homicides and shootings.

It’s gotten so bad that cities like Baltimore, in a desperate and dimwitted attempt to slow the number, have turned to calling for ceasefires. But like every other ceasefire, as those called for on several occasions between Israel and the Palestinian terrorists or those in Syria, the city ceasefires have worked out just about as well.

However pointless warring faction ceasefires are, Baltimore’s was much worse. Between nations or factions, the two sides at least publically feint at agreeing to halt the killing.

Baltimore community leaders had called for a 72 hour ceasefire this past weekend using the hashtag #BaltimoreCeasefire on social media. They received no affirmation of cooperation from anyone. Yet this they hoped would do the trick. Twitter “virtue signaling” always does. And by always, I actually mean never. read more

ACLU Wants Local Police to Thwart Trump’s Illegal Alien Crackdown

by: the Common Constitutionalist

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Last week it was announced that the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) is launching an attack (rhetorically) on the Trump administration and his order to crack down on illegal immigration and sanctuary cities.

As an aside – isn’t it funny that of its four word name, the only word that may correctly apply is Union? This Union of radicals is, in my opinion, American in name only, hardly civil and has very little to do with liberty.

The Guardian.com, that paragon of conservatism, writes that, “The civil rights organization, which has emerged as one of the Trump administration’s major foes, plans to leverage individual cities’ local authority to protect undocumented immigrants from deportation.”

Well that’s interesting and befuddling, as States, cities and localities have zero authority regarding anything having to do with immigration – other than assisting federal law enforcement. I’m not a radical leftist ACLU attorney, but I can read. The Constitution is pretty clear on that point. Article I, section 8, clause 4 gives Congress full authority, “To establish an uniform Rule of Naturalization…,” and thus immigration. read more

Podcast – Miami-Dade Agrees to Cooperate with the Feds on Illegals

Commissioners in Miami-Dade County agreed with Mayor Carlos Gimenez, in a 9-3 vote, to cooperate with federal immigration officials.

During a public hearing regarding the vote, leftist illegal alien advocates took turns at the microphone to express their displeasure with the vote, even trotting out children to tug at the heart-strings of the heartless public officials.

I discuss their antics and their ludicrous arguments on behalf of those already deported and those who may come under threat of deportation. read more

Already Broke Cities and States Pour Money into Illegal Immigrant Defense Funds

by: the Common Constitutionalist

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The Electoral College drama has ended and Donald Trump is the next president of the United States. Turns out it was much ado about nothing, as there were few surprises. Now it’s on to the implementation of his agenda, and whether his actions will match his campaign and post-election rhetoric.

Front and center of his agenda items will, or should be what brought him to the dance in the first place. I’m speaking of course of illegal immigration. He must build the wall, which he says construction will commence in March, 2017. The other issue will be to begin deportation of illegals.

Although he will get pushback over construction of the wall, it won’t be nearly as virulent as the deportation issue. After all, we get can’t really put a face to the wall, which liberal groups will surely do regarding deportation. The Trump administration had better be prepared for a fight, as cities and states across the country are already preparing what they are calling, “Immigration Defense Funds.”

Cities like Los Angeles, San Francisco and Chicago, as well as the States of California and New York intend to flood these “funds” with tens of millions of dollars – money which none of them have. read more

As the Right Wins On Illegals – The Left Will become More Unhinged

by: the Common Constitutionalist

One way to gauge how the upcoming presidential election is going is to track the lefts actions regarding illegal immigration. If they sense a victory for the Democrat (or even a squishy Republican), we’re likely to see the status quo continue. But it’s when the “right” (or wrong, depending on your perspective) Republican starts gaining momentum, gaining support from voters – this is when the left will start freaking out and ramping up the hysteria with not only outrageous claims against the right, but proposed preemptive legislative action.

So, rather than relying on polls and pundits to tell us who is winning, and how to think of what’s been said or done, watch for the actions of the left. Watch what they do – follow their wacky legislative proposals, not just nationally, but within majority democrat states.

This is how we should gauge the mood of the left. This is how we tell whether they think they are winning or losing. And, at least so far, it appears they believe they are losing on the issue of illegals. Case in point.

There are more than 200 sanctuary cities and counties in the United States “that protect criminal aliens from deportation.” These jurisdictions have “policies, laws, executive orders, or regulations that impede open communication and information exchanges” between local, state and federal law enforcement. read more

Same-Sex Marriage vs. Illegal Immigration – A Challenge to the Left

by: the Common Constitutionalist

Regarding same-sex marriage, the Knoxville Sun Sentinel  wrote: “In a historic decision, a sharply divided US Supreme Court on Friday extended the right to marry gays and lesbians. The 5-4 decision immediately wiped out Tennessee’s constitutional definition of marriage as being between one man and one woman. All states now must license and recognize same-sex marriages. Gov. Bill Haslam and state Atty. Gen. Herbert Slatery, though expressing dismay at the outcome, pledge to abide by the decision.”

Many states have said something similar. “Once the Supreme Court has ruled, it’s order is the law of the land,’ Georgia Atty. Gen. Sam Olens wrote. As such, Georgia will follow the law and adhere to the ruling of the court.” And Arkansas Atty. Gen. Leslie Rutledge wrote that, “I am disappointed that the justices have chosen to ignore the role of the states to define marriage. The justices have issued a decision, and that decision must be followed.”

So it appears most of the remaining holdout states are falling in line. But one isn’t, and that one is Texas. “A judge-based edict that is not based in the law,” is how Texas Atty. Gen. Ken Paxton  described the Supreme Court ruling. read more