Candice Malcolm: Sanctuary cities promote illegal immigration


(This column originally appeared in the Toronto Sun)

Canada is dealing with an unprecedented surge in illegal migration. And rather than handling the influx with clarity and fairness—enforcing our laws and applying them equally—many in Canada are advocating for lawlessness.

Some insist on copying the failed immigration policies of our American neighbours, for instance, the policy of sanctuary cities.

Montreal city council, led by mayor and former immigration minister Denis Coderre, voted earlier this week to declare itself a ‘sanctuary city’ for illegal immigrants.

Toronto, Vancouver, Hamilton and London have all passed similar motions, and city councils in Ottawa, Winnipeg, Saskatoon and Regina are considering doing the same.

These city councillors, without public consultations or input from residents, have banded together to decide that Canada’s immigration laws no longer matter. Instead of filling pot holes or issuing building permits, these municipal busybodies want to use your tax dollars to protect and promote illegal immigration.

Sanctuary cities do not verify a person’s immigration status before that person is eligible to receive taxpayer-funded municipal services, be it a library card, subsidized housing or even employment with the local government.

Regardless of status, sanctuary cities provide all individuals with the same privileges as legal tax-paying residents and Canadian citizens.

Some sanctuary cities go even further – they actively refuse to cooperate with federal immigration authorities and undermine deportation efforts.

Sanctuary cities are an American invention, popular among Democrats who prefer open borders. Our American neighbours have long suffered from a broken immigration system, a porous southern border and rampant illegal migration.

Democrats, who see illegal migrants as victims of a broken system, have crafted policies to deliberately undermine federal immigration laws.

Most major U.S. cities – New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, San Francisco and so on – as well as the states of California and Connecticut, are sanctuary jurisdictions, and actively protect and shelter illegal immigrants from federal authorities.

But these cities also demonstrate how criminals and fraudsters take advantage of sanctuary city lawlessness.

Two years ago, Kate Steinle was taking a stroll along San Francisco’s Embarcadero with her father, when she was fatally shot and killed by a stranger. Her killer, Juan Francisco Lopez Sanchez, was an illegal immigrant from Mexico with a lengthy criminal record.

He had been deported from the United States seven times.

After his arrest, Sanchez said he had chosen to hide in San Francisco specifically because of its sanctuary city policies. And it paid off.

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