- - Monday, November 28, 2016

Plain citizens probably shouldn’t try this at home. Mayors of American cities large and small are obstructing the nation’s immigration laws by harboring illegal aliens and boasting that they will defy anything President-elect Donald Trump can do about it. Like a latter-day Hole in the Wall Gang, certain city leaders hope their swelling numbers will scare off the incoming posse. If Mr. Trump is to remain true to his election promise, he must to take on the lawless and repair the hole in the nation’s immigration policies opened by sanctuary cities.

Beneath her blindfold Lady Justice has ignored mayors trying to spit in her eye. “Chicago has in the past been a sanctuary city. … it always will be a sanctuary city,” says Mayor Rahm Emanuel. Ditto for New York City’s Bill de Blasio and Los Angeles’ Eric Garcetti. Three hundred “sanctuary cities” across the nation refuse to cooperate with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials, according to the Center for Immigration Studies. Though scattered from coast to coast, the common denominator is that most are administered from Democratic-held city halls.

Liberals who are attempting to transform the nation into one that looks like — and unhappily acts like — cities in unhappy parts of the world are close to saddling Americans with a problem that can’t be solved in a day, a year or maybe even a generation.

Enforcing the rule of law is the first step toward a recommitment to preserving the integrity of the United States. Failure to do so would be an admission that resistance to the forces of lawless liberalism is futile.

Not everyone agrees that it’s all over. Sen. Jeff Sessions of Alabama has said cities that harbor illegals should be punished. If confirmed as U.S. attorney general, he might get a chance. Withholding some of the $667 billion in federal funds distributed to states and local municipalities could be one form of sanction against the lawless mayors. Dutifully forking over the tax dollars of legal residents to sanctuary cities is an affront to justice and simply encourages more lawlessness.

As the Obama era mercifully winds down, the surge of humanity across the southern border is worsening. Customs and Border Protection reported the apprehension of more than 46,000 illegals in October alone, a 118 percent increase over last year. The United States has undergone large influxes of immigrants in the past, and we were lucky to get them. The difference now is that owing to the left’s wish to bury traditional American values, new arrivals are encouraged to celebrate their differences rather than blend in the melting pot. The result is separatist communities within U.S. borders. It’s a blueprint for a fractured and fragmented nation.

That’s not what most Americans want, evident in the outcome of the presidential election. A Rasmussen poll reports 81 percent of voters want felons deported and they want Congress to pass Kate’s Law, named for Kate Steinle, murdered by a five-time violator of immigration law, which would impose a mandatory five-year prison sentence for illegals who sneak back into the U.S.

President-elect Trump must make good on his promise to make America great again by moving forward first to deport an estimated 2 million criminal illegals. Repairing the Hole in the Wall Gang will take time, but it will be time well spent.

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