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Officials in Several Sanctuary Cities Vow to Fight President-Elect Trump's Deportation Plans
Gina Loudon: We tend to lose in this argument that this is actually about law breaking, so not only should he cut them off, but they should be subject to a loss that say you can't harbor a criminal. The ethnic cleansing that's happened in the inner cities that are talking about harboring these illegals, is really a problem because if you look at the African-American population that is largely out of a job because of some of them. So yes, we need to bring the jobs back and I think Mr. Trump will do that.
Mercedes Schlapp: Bill de Blasio went even as far as saying that he would destroy a data base of undocumented immigrants who have received city IDs. It is clearly a rebellion coming from these mayors and some of these police chiefs in these sanctuary cities. Sanctuary cities are just toxic. We need to ensure that if there is an illegal immigrant who are criminals that they should be handed over to the federal officers, and that is why with the Trump administration, and with a republican congress, you're going to see the opportunity to pass Kate’s law, which would toughen penalties in individuals who try to come back to the U.S.
Geraldo Rivera: The problem is, there is no legal foundation for the federal government to demand of the LAPD here where I am, for example, the Chicago PD or the NYPD, to do anything in terms of immigration enforcement. Immigration enforcement is a federal responsibility, constitutionally and legally. So what happens in a sanctuary city is, the federal government issues a detainer. If you come across someone who is not documented, just hold him for us, the feds ask, we'll come and pick him up. Usually within 48 hours. The problem is that that detainer, a federal judge has just ruled and now this is the law in Chicago, Indiana, in that federal district right in the heart of the Midwest. The law says that if the federal government really wants a sanctuary city to hold an undocumented immigrant the feds think is a criminal, then the feds have to show probable cause that that criminal committed a crime and have to issue a federal warrant.
Democrats' Reaction to Election Outcome Fueling Debate
Mercedes Schlapp: This election was a referendum on liberalism. I think there was wide concern of the country moving further to the left, of government dictating how we live our lives. And also globalism, something president Obama has been talking about throughout his presidency. It raised a serious concern that is America more focused on the outside world and not internally, and also the idea of a failed Obama care, when you saw premiums skyrocket in so many states. It was hitting Americans in their pocket book. I think clearly this election showed that’s there was a rejection with their liberal policies.
Geraldo Rivera: I don't disagree with what Mercedes said at all, I think liberalism has failed to the extent that what happened to Bernie Sanders and what happened with Trump is a great parallel there. There's this whole notion among white, rural people that the world was slipping out of their hands, that things were being done to them rather than for them.
Gina Loudon: Division became worse under President Obama. Let's not forget that. And Hillary was a continued episode of the Obama presidency. If I were advising the democrat party right now, I would say look not just at the referendum on globalism that Mercedes pointed to, but also a referendum on racial division and identity politics. I think that narrative is dead. I think it didn’t work And I would also say, the narrative of the environmentalism is more important than economic prosperity and safety of Americans. That didn't work either, so there were several failed narratives here.
Mainstream Media Coverage of Protests Against President-Elect Trump Raising Questions
Geraldo Rivera: They could easily be angry Clinton supporters. I have a big history from the anti-war movement, demonstrating, I was arrested in Washington back in 1969, 1970. I mean, when you put yourself on the line, there's nothing wrong with that. Unless you break stuff, hurt people, or unless you violate the rights of others, as long as the demonstrations are peaceful, I think they’re healthy venting for folks. And they could easily and appropriately be called to answer your question angry Clinton supporters.
Gina Loudon: You have to consider that Obama is placating these people, saying that even the students who are cutting school to be part of these protests, who by the way are being put in danger's way, you would think Mr. Obama would be concerned. You'd think that secretary Clinton would be concerned. But they're not. This really exposes the violent turbulent little underbelly of the left. That's perhaps why president-elect Trump was elected to begin with.
Mercedes Schlapp: I think that the media has been so obsessed and stressed about the fact that there could be a revolution that would come if Hillary Clinton would have won from Donald trump supporters. And I have to say, it's just shocking. I think what we're seeing are a lot of protesters being a little bit more crybabies than viewed as angry Clinton supporters.