America's newly elected but not yet inaugurated President, Donald Trump, has taken a hardline stance on Illegal Immigration in this country, and that is no secret. The protests (read: riots) are proof enough of that. They are also a showing of disapproval for Trump's policies, to put it lightly. While those that have taken to the streets to voice their concerns have taken up much of the mainstream media's airtime, there is another, equally important topic. Citizens aren't the only ones that are protesting, but city officials as well.

They may not be (or may be) out in the streets with their fellow Americans to protest Trump but they are making their mark in another way: by refusing to help federal authorities in their efforts to detain and deport illegal immigrants.

'Build the wall'

While the "sanctuary movement" began decades ago it has been brought back into the public eye due to President-Elect Trump's stance on immigration, namely his proposed border wall. We've all heard Trump supporters chanting "Build the wall!" and the wall that they want to build is the subject of intense debate.

According to Breitbart News, "Some 925,000 deportable aliens including 200,000 criminal aliens now roam our streets— after being ordered deported by a federal immigration court." 200,000 is a large number, and American streets would no doubt be safer if that many criminals were removed from them. If Breitbart is correct in its assertion that this many illegal aliens still live in the US even after the order came from a federal judge to have them deported, and if such a large number of them are criminals, then it is no wonder why so many Americans are so vehemently wanting to get them deported and build a wall.

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America is a country that was built by immigrants, and some say this legacy should be continued by accepting immigrants whether they come here lawfully or not. In many cases, immigrants come here to the US in order to escape persecution, the threat of harm and even death. Often they come in order to escape poverty or to try to make a better life for themselves and their families. America has always been a symbol of freedom and hope to those parts of the world that have been less fortunate or industrious.

The reasons for (and against) sanctuary policies

Cities adopt either formal (de jure) or informal (de facto) sanctuary policies for a number of reasons. For instance, illegal immigrants that have been a victim or witness to a crime may be afraid to report it to the police because they fear that they may be deported. In an effort to allay those fears, the city may adopt sanctuary policies, in opposition to federal law. If the illegals know that the police will not report their presence to federal government agencies such as ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement) then they may be more likely to come forward.

"We don't want anybody to be afraid to talk to us," said Sheriff John Urquhart of Washington's King County. Cities may adopt sanctuary policies because of their desire to help immigrants.

These policies are vehemently opposed by many US citizens. It is easy to look at all of the American citizens that have been killed by illegal immigrants and be angry. It is a fact that there are many people that could be here today instead of deceased if sanctuary cities didn't exist. The prime and most well-known example of this is Kathryn Steinle.

Steinle, a 32-year-old woman living in San Francisco was walking with her father on San Francisco’s Pier 14 on July 1, 2015 an illegal alien by the name of Juan Francisco Lopez-Sanchez shot and killed her. At the time of the shooting, the attacker had been convicted of 7 felonies and had also been deported back to Mexico 5 times.

The next four years, the first term of President-Elect Donald Trump's Presidency, could make or break this nation, and the battle that is coming over these sanctuary cities and policies will most likely play a huge role in how we come out on the other side of it.

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