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Danziger: I Found My Heart

Jeff Danziger lives in New York City. He is represented by CWS Syndicate and the Washington Post Writers Group. He is the recipient of the Herblock Prize and the Thomas Nast (Landau) Prize. He served in the US Army in Vietnam and was awarded the Bronze Star and the Air Medal. He has published eleven books of cartoons and one novel. Visit him at DanzigerCartoons.com.

Sanctuary Cities Prepared To Welcome Migrants ‘Dumped’ By Trump

Reprinted with permission from Alternet.

Confirming Friday that his administration is considering sending undocumented immigrants en masse to sanctuary cities, President Donald Trump framed the proposal as a threat—but several politicians and rights advocates replied that immigrants would be welcome in those communities.

The president announced that the White House is weighing the proposal hours after the Washington Post reported that it had been considered and then rejected last year.

“Due to the fact that Democrats are unwilling to change our very dangerous immigration laws, we are indeed, as reported, giving strong considerations to placing Illegal Immigrants in Sanctuary Cities only,” Trump tweeted.
At least one sanctuary city mayor, Jim Kenney of Philadelphia, responded that he would happily welcome any number of immigrants sent to his city.

“The city would be prepared to welcome these immigrants just as we have embraced our immigrant communities for decades,” Kenney said in a statement. “This White House plan demonstrates the utter contempt that the Trump administration has for basic human dignity.”

Mayor Libby Schaaf of Oakland expressed pride in her city’s status as one that bars all city employees from cooperating with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and condemned the president for focusing his immigration agenda on keeping immigrants out of the United States.

“I am proud to be the mayor of a sanctuary city,” Schaaf told CNN. “We believe sanctuary cities are safer cities. We embrace the diversity in Oakland and we do not think it’s appropriate for us to use local resources to do the government’s failed immigration work.”

Much of the response to the Post‘s earlier reporting centered around what an aide to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi called the White House’s “despicable” attempt to use human beings as pawns to demonize immigrants.

As Libby Watson noted at Splinter, much of the corporate media’s reporting on the plan followed the narrative laid out by the Trump administration—that sending undocumented immigrants to sanctuary cities would be an “attack” on those cities and their Democratic leaders.

“A premise like ‘busing migrants to San Francisco will punish Nancy Pelosi’ is not self-explanatory,” Watson wrote. “I do not immediately understand the mechanism by which releasing a tired, huddled mass of immigrants in cities with massive populations—and cities where asylum approval rates are much higher—would punish their representatives.”

“The framing is left as ‘the presence of migrants in cities will be bad for those cities.’ And in the end, that just does Stephen Miller’s work for him,” she added, referring to Trump’s policy adviser who has pushed for hard-line, xenophobic immigration policies.

Julia Carrie Wong, a technology reporter for the Guardian, echoed Watson’s concerns.

“Let’s not concede that having refugees in our cities is something to be threatened by,” Wong tweeted.

After Trump announced the plan was again under consideration Friday, critics noted that sending immigrants to sanctuary cities would simply be using the cities and their laws as they were intended.

IMAGE: The skyline of Oakland, California, with the Bay Bridge in the background.

Danziger: Crime And Punishment

Jeff Danziger lives in New York City. He is represented by CWS Syndicate and the Washington Post Writers Group. He is the recipient of the Herblock Prize and the Thomas Nast (Landau) Prize. He served in the US Army in Vietnam and was awarded the Bronze Star and the Air Medal. He has published eleven books of cartoons and one novel. Visit him at DanzigerCartoons.com.

Trump Threatens To Send Migrants Into ‘Sanctuary Cities’

Trump is growing increasingly unhinged over his hatred of immigrants, confirming on Friday that he wants to send people seeking asylum in the U.S. to so-called “sanctuary cities” as punishment to Democrats.

“Due to the fact that Democrats are unwilling to change our very dangerous immigration laws, we are indeed, as reported, giving strong considerations to placing Illegal Immigrants in Sanctuary Cities,” Trump tweeted, all random capitalizations his. “Only The Radical Left always seems to have an Open Borders, Open Arms policy – so this should make them very happy!”

There is so much wrong with this proposal it’s hard to know where to begin.

First, however, it needs to be said that White House officials explicitly told ABC News that this proposal was “floated and rejected” — a claim that was clearly a lie given that Trump just confirmed the proposal is still on the table.

Second, the premise that sending immigrants and asylum-seekers into Democratic-controlled cities is a punishment is so incredibly racist that it’s hard to believe anyone would think it, let alone broadcast it aloud as Trump is doing.

The people Trump is trying to weaponize against Democrats are families, many of them with young children, who are risking their lives to flee violence in their home countries. They are merely seeking the chance to live without fear and gain the ability to give their children a better life.

Yet Trump — as he’s said many times — views these immigrants as violent criminals and “animals.”And he thinks that by sending them into Democratic-controlled cities, they’ll bring so much crime and violence that Democrats will see the light and back some of Trump’s immigration proposals.

Of course, this is merely a racist Trump fever dream that will never come true.

Data show that immigrants commit far less crime than native-born citizens. And because Democrats are neither racist nor scared of immigrants coming to their cities — particularly cities that have specific policies of welcoming and protecting immigrants — they are condemning Trump’s proposal for what it is: a stupid, racist idea.

“It’s just another notion that is unworthy of the presidency of the United States and disrespectful of the challenges that we face as a county, as a people, to address who we are: a nation of immigrants,” House Speaker Nancy Pelosi told reporters on Friday, according to the Hill newspaper.

Trump’s plan may also backfire. Sending immigrants to sanctuary cities, where they will be welcomed by residents and not demonized and otherized, is the exact opposite of what Trump intends. And threatening Democrats to cave to his draconian proposals — to give him what he wants or else — is not likely to work for him either.

Published with permission of The American Independent.