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    Sanctuary City Mayor: Trump Trying to Make Us ‘Fugitive Slave Catchers’

    Sanctuary City Mayor: Trump Trying to Make Us ‘Fugitive Slave Catchers’

    Repellent metaphor

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EpZOnkgdJDs

    An Al Sharpton guest has the early lead for today’s most simultaneously inflammatory and nonsensical statement.

    Ras Baraka, mayor of Newark, NJ, said that in clamping down on sanctuary cities such as his, the Trump administration is “trying to intimidate us into being what I’ve called fugitive slave catchers.”

    Not only is the image abhorrent, it is utterly illogical. By enforcing the immigration laws, the Trump admin is not seeking to force illegal immigrants into uncompensated labor. To the contrary, the goal is to deport them.

    Far from challenging Baraka over his repellent metaphor, Sharpton adopted it, asking Baraka what will happen if the Trump admin starts cutting federal funds “because you won’t break rank and do what you said, [be] a fugitive slave kind of” catcher.

    Note Baraka’s smile as he says “what I’ve called” fugitive slave catchers. So Baraka has used this vile phrase before and is well-pleased with himself about it.

    AL SHARPTON: Newark, New Jersey’s Mayor Ras Baraka . . . The president has gone out of his way, the attorney general Jeff sessions actually threatened mayors like you of sanctuary cities turning off certain funding. Why are they targeting you?

    RAS BARAKA: I think them targeting sanctuary cities a way for them to tell mayors and folks around the country that they’re sticking to what I think is an un-American and unconstitutional policy and trying to intimidate us into being what I’ve called fugitive slave catchers.

    . . .

    SHARPTON: What happens if they start cutting your federal funds because you won’t break rank and do what you said, [be] a fugitive slave kind of” [catcher]?

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    Far from challenging Baraka over his repellent metaphor, Sharpton adopted it, asking Baraka what will happen if the Trump admin starts cutting federal funds “because you won’t break rank and do what you said, [be] a fugitive slave kind of” catcher.

    It’s probably working perfectly for their audience.

    Publicly educated drop outs.


     
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    Milhouse | April 3, 2017 at 12:38 am

    Baraka is actually completely correct, not that there’s a moral euivalence between deporting illegal residents and catching fugitive slaves, but on the legal principle involved. Sanctuary cities and states rely on the exact same anti-commandeering doctrine that cities and states have used throughout US history to refuse to help the feds catch slaves, bust bootleggers, or run background checks on would-be gun owners.


       
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      Arminius in reply to Milhouse. | April 3, 2017 at 7:36 pm

      Baracka is not correct and you have an overly broad definition of commandeering. When a sanctuary jurisdiction adopts an informal or formal policy that police officers may not cooperate with ICE to the extent they may not even communicate with them, then it’s the sanctuary jurisdiction that is acting unconstitutionally.

      Prior to these cities, counties, and states adopting these sanctuary policies, police officers routinely and voluntarily provided this information to federal law enforcement. It is unconstitutional for these sanctuary jurisdictions to demand that police officers must not voluntarily cooperate with ICE. And the vast majority of police officers would voluntarily do so today if they weren’t being illegally threatened by the likes of this incoherent mayor.

      I should add that when I mentioned that police officers can question suspects about their immigration status “under certain circumstances,” generally speaking as long as the original detention is lawful it’s extremely easy for a police officer to establish an independent reasonable suspicion that someone is an illegal alien. Especially now, with the Mexican embassy and consulates handing out consular IDs like candy. If a police officer searches a suspect detained for another crime and one of the forms of ID they have is a consular ID, bingo!


     
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    The Friendly Grizzly | April 3, 2017 at 2:43 am

    “Rad Baraka”. I wonder what it used to be?


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