Georgia's U.S. Senator Johnny Isakson, a longtime advocate of strong U.S. border security, has co-sponsored legislation that will financially penalize local and state governments that defy federal law and become so-called "sanctuary cities."
Sanctuary cities shelter illegal immigrants and protect them from deportation.
The death of Kate Steinle, a 32-year-old woman in San Francisco who was shot to death by an illegal alien who had been deported multiple times but always managed to get back into the U.S., has brought the debate over so-called sanctuary cities to a higher level.
We agree with Senator Isakson that so-called sanctuary cities undermine the rule of law and create separate rules for illegal aliens, and that is simply unacceptable.
Sanctuary cities make it more difficult to deport illegal immigrants who commit serious crimes.
So we applaud Senator Isakson's action and the State of Georgia's foresight in proactively prohibiting local governments from adopting these dangerous and misguided social policies.
The security and defense of our nation begins with securing our porous borders and ending the opportunity for illegal entry.
That's a tall order.
But the very least our lawmakers can do is discourage sanctuary cities and outlaw any policies that thwart the strict enforcement of immigration laws.
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