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Sanctuary Cities – Why should we care?


Last updated 10/22/2018 at 1:26pm

For most people the word “home” brings up images of family, food, friends and neighbors. It is the safest place that we could be, or it’s supposed to be. How safe are we, really? Sanctuary cities are all over the country. Does this really matter and why should we care?

Both the media and those who support sanctuary cities would like you to believe that everyone who is crossing the border is innocent. They are families like yours and mine and they don’t deserve to be questioned or detained. In this way, they focus on those they believe are the victims, but they ignore the realities.

I was honored to get an update from ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement) and CBP (Customs and Border Protection) at the White House recently. I was stunned, and a bit shaken by the reality of the statistics. Were you aware that between ICE and CBP 10 known or suspected terrorists are arrested every day? Think about that. If they are arresting 10, how many are getting through?

Another frightening thought is that CBP has a million opportunities every day to make a mistake. Think about that for a moment. Just one mistake could cost some innocent victim their life. Do they err on the side of caution or do they just let everyone go? Think about your family. Would you want them to put your family at risk? We are so quick to put other families at risk, but violence doesn’t just happen to other folks. It can happen to you or me or our friends and family.

The focus of ICE and CBP is not on those who don’t pose a threat. The focus is on preventing terrorism. They work daily to protect our families. They go after the illegal drug smugglers, sex traffickers, as well as illegal gun and ammunition smugglers. Did you know that over 90 percent of those arrested are convicted criminals?

Border security is not just about securing the southern border. It is all about national security. It is about protecting you and me. It is about protecting our children, grandchildren, families and friends. ICE, Border Patrol, Homeland Security and the Sheriff’s Department have formed a Joint Terrorism Task Force to protect the innocent.

This isn’t just about a wall or stopping illegal immigration. It is about taking a stand to put the safety of our families first.

Millions of people immigrate to the United States every year. Most don’t have any issues with crossing the border. Some are questioned or detained. Whether it be at the airport or across the Canadian or Mexican borders. Some are single immigrants. Others are families. Others are children who are traveling without parents. How do we know who is safe and who is not?

How do you identify a terrorist? If it were up to you, could you identify one? I couldn’t. This is what the terrorists are counting on. What exactly does a terrorist look like? Do they have a sign tattooed on their forehead that says “I’m going to blow something up or go on a rampage with a truck?” I don’t think so. In fact, they look like you and me. They are hard to identify, and they want it that way.

In the last 35 years, terrorists have merged with the gangs. Gangs are no longer just tagging our communities, they are sex trafficking our children, selling them into slavery and using butchery techniques to intimidate entire communities. Not too long ago a 13-year-old girl was beheaded just to send a message to the community. I have a daughter who will be 12-years-old this year. My heart breaks for the family and community that had to endure this.

Most people who are coming to America want a better life for themselves and their children. Like most of us do. We want our children to have a better life than we did. We want them to have the opportunities that we didn’t get. We want them to be better than we are. It is what being a parent is all about. We want the hard-working families who are fighting to make a better life for their children, but what we don’t want is for them to disregard our laws.

The rule of law matters. Congress sets the policy and law enforcement has the obligation to enforce the law fairly and impartially. When cities decide to become sanctuary cities they are knowingly and willfully violating the laws. This says to criminals it is OK to commit these violent acts of crime and we will openly welcome you.

In fact, when a sanctuary city is next to a non-sanctuary city, criminals will violate the laws in the surrounding cities then run to the sanctuary city where they will live freely without the worry of being arrested for their crimes. This frustrates cities around the country. More and more cities are pushing Congress to defund those cities that support violating the law by becoming sanctuary cities.

How can we expect our children to follow our laws when we look the other way as sanctuary cities allow violent criminals to roam our streets? Here is something else to think about, the families that are coming from the southern border are coming because they fear for their lives. They are risking everything to get away from the violence that has overtaken their towns. MS13 and the drug cartels are prevalent south of the border. Hispanic families do not want those violent criminals living next to them in the United States. They want to raise their children in safe neighborhoods and they want their kids to be able to play outside without the fear of being killed or worse.

It is time that we stand up and stop this insanity. We must fight to protect our children and we must show them what it looks like to take a stand. Join me and my fellow mayors and city leaders as we stand up against the sanctuary cities. Call your leaders and demand that they stand with us. Tell them to join you and protect your family. Send letters to your congressmen and congresswomen urging them to defund sanctuary cities and states. Put your families first and demand that your representatives put your family first as well!

May God bless each of you and may God continue to bless the United States of America.

Crystal Ruiz

Mayor San Jacinto


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Mayor Crystal Ruiz is the mayor of San Jacinto and has been on city council since 2012. She is a huge supporter of law enforcement. She is also an outspoken leader for non-sanctuary cities. Mayor Ruiz has been to the White House to speak on SB54, honoring ICE and CBP as well as recently representing female mayors around the nation. 


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