Poll: Sanctuary Cities

by | October 23, 2017 5:29 pm

Gov. Henry McMaster announced Monday a new law enforcement initiative to ensure that no South Carolina municipalities become “sanctuary cities,” with a pledge to establish – in state law – a mechanism through which local officials must annually prove compliance with existing immigration laws.

Sponsored by Rep. Bruce Bannister, the proposed legislation would supplement existing law requiring reasonable efforts be made to determine whether a person in custody and charged with a criminal offense is an unlawful alien.

Several cities across the nation have declared themselves to be sanctuary cities through local ordinances. Proponents argue that sanctuary cities reduce the fear of deportation and possible family break-ups among those who are in the country illegally. The hope of proponents is that, with these fears allayed, these folks will be more willing to report crimes, use health and social services and enroll their children in school.

“Our cities are open to all who follow our laws, but are not sanctuaries for those who ignore them,” said McMaster. “South Carolina is a special place, known for the kindness and welcoming nature of its people, but it’s also a place that values law and order, and this bill will serve as a strong message to all that we will not tolerate lawlessness.”

Please leave your explanation in the comments with a full name and where you’re from for possible use in an upcoming opinion section of The Manning Times. [wpdevart_poll id=”14″ theme=”0″]

comments » 3

  1. Comment by Beth Smith

    October 23, 2017 at 20:52

    I am against sancuary cities because we have laws for a reason. Just because you don’t like those laws does not mean your allowed to break them or encourage others to do so.

  2. Comment by Thom

    October 24, 2017 at 06:30

    I have no problem with sanctuary cities/states IF they agree to accept all illegal aliens from law abiding cities/states AND they forfeit all Federal funding. If you choose to ignore the laws of our Country you cannot expect to be rewarded for your actions.

  3. Comment by Moye Graham

    October 24, 2017 at 08:00

    We are suppose to be a nation of laws. I am not against immigration but I am against illegal immigration. No other country in the world would allow what we do as far as people coming across our borders illegally. I understand wanting a better life and wanting to support your families. Most Illegal Aliens are good people just wanting a better way to live and some are trying to escape hardships we can only imagine. I admire anyone that can leave their home and come to a land that is so much different than what they are accustomed and a new language and way of life. This still is not to say we should give them a pass. We really do not know how many Illegal Aliens we have in this country and probably never will. I am totally against Sanctuary Cities. We can not choose which laws we are going to follow. The Southern States have had to live with Federal Laws directed at them for decades and most were for the good of the nation and people of color and other minorities. Why should now we ignore our laws and decide to govern as we please. By not following the laws governing immigration we are setting ourselves up to only follow the laws that we think pertain to us a city or community. United means just that. United not separate and equal. I support my friend Governor McMaster.

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