“Ask Yourself” — A Forensic Examination of Sanctuary States

NOTE: This essay was never published as a UERT blog post. Some excerpts were used in several 2019 posts. Reading this 4,500-word paper will add background, substance, and connectivity to those previously shared thoughts. Enjoy!


As I write this, I am feeling a great need for urgency because in only 4,104 days, five hours, two minutes, and seventeen seconds, the world comes to an end.

The California Insanity:

One of the first goals newly-installed California Governor Gavin Newsome announced to the people of California (note, people, not citizens) was his desire to provide free health care for everyone in the state, regardless of legal status. Should this become law, it will likely bankrupt California.

Five-thousand citizens permanently move out of California every week. They are followed out by businesses which are also abandoning California. They all leave to escape political and financial tyranny, and move to citizen-friendly states. When they leave California, their tax dollars go with them.

Hillary Clinton was kinda-sorta correct when she said half the illegal immigrants in the United States file tax returns. But, not surprisingly … she left out the rest of the story.

How do illegal immigrants file taxes when federal law prohibits illegals from earning income in our country? Here’s the answer: they file tax returns using fraudulent Social Security numbers and/or counterfeit birth certificates and/or an Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN). The IRS issues ITINs to just about anyone, regardless of immigration status.

The vast majority of illegal aliens who file fraudulent income tax returns do not pay taxes. Their fraudulent tax returns are for the purpose of claiming tax credits. As a result, the IRS gives them cash payments (paid for by our citizen taxes). About 75% of those ITIN filers receive cash payments. ITIN filers receive five times more money from us than they pay in taxes. The politically-weaponized IRS now functions as a part-time illegal alien benefits distributor.

California currently houses one-fourth of all the nation’s illegal immigrants, and concurrently has the highest taxes in the United States. The state’s taxes continually rise to meet leadership’s concocted needs. Illegal aliens don’t pay anywhere near enough into the state budget to offset the overabundance of free benefits and services they receive The most recent statistic I’ve read is that for every dollar an illegal alien puts into the system, he or she takes out $27.

Governor Newsome’s free health care for any and all will unleash a flood of additional new illegal immigrants into California from across the U.S. and around the globe. Legal, working citizens of California will then have only two choices:

  1. Pay continually increasing taxes


  • Join other California escapees moving to greener, more rational pastures

As fewer and fewer tax-payers must support an ever-growing number of people unwilling to support themselves, simple logic tells us the state economy must eventually implode. There is ample reason to believe the above is a microcosm of all Sanctuary States.

Ask yourself: When sanctuary states bankrupt themselves will they expect the federal government to bail them out? Should we?

Oh, and by the way . . . I know this will sound silly, stupid, unbelievable, made-up, and all-together Orwellian, but it’s true: California now prohibits the word “alien” in any labor laws. That should remove any lingering doubt as to whether the radical liberal leftists in control of California have a totalitarian view of government.

Ask yourself: Has Big Brother Arrived?

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The Effect on National Borders:

Our formerly United States of America have eight self-declared sanctuary states: California, Colorado, Illinois, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New Mexico, Oregon, and Vermont. My Personal experience with, and knowledge of Sanctuary States is very close to home, because I live in California where college professors assert sanctuary states have no impact on how immigration policy works at the U.S. border. Such is untruthful and rather like declaring, “We don’t allow violent thunderstorms to cross our state line.”

My assumption, by the way, is that all sanctuary states follow the same basic playbook as does California. Perhaps my assumption is incorrect. Let’s dissect this . . .

Five of the sanctuary states (California, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New Mexico, and Oregon) are actually on our national border. Some of those state borders are bounded by an ocean. Regardless, all sanctuary states continually affect federal immigration policy because they allow anyone from anywhere to enter illegally, by land or by sea.

Sanctuary states broadcast this very clear and (as you will soon read) very dangerous public message: sneak into our country illegally and we will shelter, hide, and protect you. This has a massive effect on national immigration policy because it promotes and inspires illegal immigration from all over the world.

The Federal vs. States’ Rights:

Radical liberals and college professors (oops, that’s redundant) teach malleable young minds that sanctuary states are “a fascinating case of federal vs. states’ rights.” Hmmm…

If a state declares every citizen must carry a loaded Glock 19 at all times, that would be acceptable as states’ rights … right?

A liberal response to the above would be… “That idea is stupid, dangerous, and would never be allowed to happen.”  The majority of Americans, however, believe sanctuary states are stupid, dangerous, and should never have been allowed to happen.

Ask yourself: Do states’ rights apply only to illegal radical liberal causes?

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The Past and the Future:

In the mid-20th century, as we approached the end of the Democratic party’s hundred years of fighting against civil rights and human decency, Southern Democrat politicians and their rebellious supporters (including some racist Republicans) defied federal law and refused to racially integrate. They justified their ugly and illegal behavior by claiming—you guessed it—states’ rights. Segregation did finally end, but it took military force to overcome those breakdowns of law and order caused by “states’ rights”.

Ask yourself: If states’ rights weren’t right then, why would they be right today?

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The Rule of Law:

Immigration is solely the purview and responsibility of the federal government. That is a fact. The law is clear. It cannot be denied. Radical liberal leftist politicians creating and leading sanctuary states are knowingly breaking extremely serious laws. The penalties for doing so are also extremely serious. Ignorance of the law is not an acceptable excuse. Neither is radical liberal leftist arrogance.

The Code of Laws of the United States of America (abbreviated U.S. Code or U.S.C.) is the official compilation and codification of the federal statutes of the United States. These are not merely arbitrary “guidelines” and “suggestions” created on the whim of some ideologues. This is our country’s rule of law, as created by our freely-elected representatives on both sides of the political aisle, solely for the protection and welfare of our sovereign nation and its citizens.

Ask yourself: How dare radical liberal leftists presume they know better?

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Some highlights from Title 8, U.S.C. § 1324(a) include the prohibition of … “alien smuggling, domestic transportation of unauthorized aliens, concealing or harboring unauthorized aliens, encouraging or inducing unauthorized aliens to enter the United States, and engaging in a conspiracy or aiding and abetting any of the preceding acts.”

Penalties include … “basic statutory maximum term of imprisonment is 5 years, unless the offense was committed for commercial advantage or private financial gain, in which case the maximum term of imprisonment is 10 years.  Moreover, if the violation results in the death of any person, the defendant may be punished by death or by imprisonment for any term of years.” …  “Enhanced penalties are provided for violations involving bringing in criminal aliens…” In addition … “each alien with respect to whom a violation occurs constitutes a unit of prosecution.”

Quite obviously, the above is serious stuff. If we are still a nation of laws when all this is finally settled, a lot of arrogant politicians and their anarchist followers should do a lot of hard time. Especially the ones harboring multiple-felon illegals who kill our citizens. And there are a lot of them!

Why do leftists feel it is acceptable for them to simply ignore laws they don’t like? (Which, by the way, is sometimes known as anarchy.)

Ask yourself: Should law-breaking politicians spend their next term in prison? What about the ones who protect murderers?

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The Thirteen Proudest Achievements of Sanctuary State “Leaders”:

  1. Sanctuary States Destroy Health Care
    • American hospitals are in financial trouble; many are already out of business
    • Emergency rooms cannot legally turn anyone away, for any reason
    • Illegal aliens know this and use hospital emergency rooms like free clinics
      • They do not pay their emergency room bills
      • Hospital costs for Citizens, therefore, must be increased
    • Illegal alien medical care costs each state $1 Billion to $9 Billion every year
      • Taxpaying citizens pay those bills
    • Without illegal aliens, U.S. medical care would be more affordable and efficient
    • Illegals are the elephant in the emergency room (ignored by radical liberals)
  2. Sanctuary States Destroy Public Education
    • I don’t know about your state, but California law requires citizens to pay for the education of illegal alien children
    • 15-18% of California public school students are illegal aliens or their offspring
      • Most of those students require a translator, paid for by citizens
      • California median annual wage for a Spanish translator is $53,840
    • Illegal alien students cost California taxpayers $15 Billion each year
    • Without the requirement to educate illegal alien children, education costs would plummet and education quality would soar
  3. Sanctuary States Destroy Lives
    • Statistics clearly demonstrate that crime increases in sanctuary states and cities
    • A few examples of illegal alien crime in sanctuary cities (there are many more):
      • A woman jogging in a park, strangled and raped by a known illegal alien criminal, would still be alive if police had been allowed to arrest him for being here illegally
      • A drunk-driving illegal alien, deported multiple times, caused a fatal car crash and escaped below the border because police were not allowed to hold him for ICE
      • A mother of two, stabbed to death in her own home by an Illegal alien known to police, would be alive but for sanctuary rules preventing police from arresting him
    • Two million illegal aliens in our country are criminals known to ICE
      • Sanctuary states protect them from arrest and prosecution
  4. Sanctuary States Are A Root Cause of Our Drug Pandemic
    • Our country averages 198 illegal drug overdose deaths every day (CDC)
    • Illegal drugs continuously come across our border, brought in by illegal aliens
    • U.S. drug deaths exceed firearm deaths, but there is no outcry from anti-gun liberals
  5. Sanctuary States Threaten National Security
    • It is indisputable that terrorists illegally sneak across our open border
    • I don’t know where any of them are. Do you?
    • Sanctuary states refuse to tell us
  6. Sanctuary States Export Our Tax Revenues
    • Illegal aliens in the U.S. send billions of dollars to their home countries each year
      • Some financial institutions estimate it at more than $100 Billion per year
        • That money is removed from the U.S. economy
        • That money strengthens a foreign nation’s economy
        • About 40% of it goes “back home” to Mexico
  7. Sanctuary States Reward Law Breakers
    • Out-of-state students pay higher tuition to attend a California state college
    • Illegal aliens in California only pay “in-state” tuition (if they pay at all)
    • California budgets $25 million to support “undocumented students”
    • Some sanctuary states divert millions of tax dollars—paid by citizens—to provide a myriad of free support and assistance to illegal aliens.
      • Some taxes provide free legal help for illegals fighting deportation
      • Some government entities grant voting rights to illegals
    • What do we say to honest, self-supporting, legal immigrants who follow the law?
      • Those who wait their turn in line for many years?
      • Those who study for and pass the U.S. citizenship test?
      • Those who learn English and assimilate into American culture?
    • Here’s what radical liberal leftists say to legal immigrants:
      • “You are fools. Just sneak in and we’ll give you everything for free.”
        • “All you have to do is vote for us.”
  8. Sanctuary States Threaten a State’s Financial Solvency
    • Illegal aliens work cheaper than legal immigrants and citizens
      • That takes jobs away from citizens and lowers wages for all
    • Sanctuaries continually promote and encourage the sneaking-in of more illegals
      • The result is a growing, underground, non-taxpaying economy
    • Can you say, “Third world baby!”
  9. Sanctuary States Clog Our Courts
    • Close to a Million immigration cases have never been processed
    • Captured illegal aliens are released after signing a “promise to appear” (Hah!)
      • They then go “underground”, never to be seen by a judge again
    • This never-ending judicial scam costs U.S. citizens millions every year
  10. Sanctuary States Play Russian Roulette With Truth
    • Someone illegally sneaking into our country is not automatically a “refugee”
      • The reality is, only 10% are actual refugees and they are given asylum
      • 90% are criminals, terrorists, and people seeking “freebees”
      • Leftists alter word meaning (refugee) to make indefensible policies seem rational
    • Illegals often cross through multiple countries to sneak into the U.S.
      • If they are truly refugees merely seeking asylum … why don’t they do so in one of those countries? Maybe Belize? Nicaragua? Costa Rica? Panama?
        • Because they aren’t “refugees”
        • And those countries don’t give them free stuff
      • Those “immigration caravans” are not a spontaneous effort by desperate people
        • The “caravans” are created and financed by radical left organizers
          • Ask Yourself: Why haven’t I heard this on CNN? Or from a liberal leader?
  11. Sanctuary State Politicians Shout “Walls Are Immoral and They Don’t Work!”
    • If true, why do we have walls around prisons, military bases, airports, schools, churches, factories, Fort Knox, rich politician homes, rich movie star homes, and the Vatican?
    • The total cost of illegal immigration to the United States every year is far more than the one time cost of building the wall
  12. Sanctuary States Foment Crime
    • Numbers vary, depending on whether the source is pro or anti open borders
      • Believe it or not, newspapers, TV networks, and politicians actually lie
    • Numbers below appear to be accurate averages from both sides of the issue
      • Illegal aliens comprise about 3% of the U.S. population, but account for:
        • Approximately 15% of drug- trafficking convictions
        • Approximately 12% of murder convictions
        • Approximately 13% of all U.S. crime
      • Approximately 2% of apprehended illegals are sex offenders.
        • Less than three-tenths of one percent of U.S. citizens are sex offenders
  13. Sanctuary States Support Human Trafficking
    • 10,000 girls and young women are smuggled into our country every year
      • Until rescued (or murdered) they live a miserable life of forced prostitution
    • U.S. states with the most human trafficking are California, New York, and Texas
      • California is a liberal leftist Democrat-controlled sanctuary state
      • New York is a liberal leftist Democrat-controlled state
      • Texas shares a 2,000-mile border with Mexico
        • Ask yourself: Can we not see cause and effect?

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The Bottom Line:

A plethora of statistics are available (tweaked by one ideology or another) purporting to show the cost of illegal aliens to the United States. From all I’ve digested, it appears illegal aliens cost each American citizen at least $2,000 per year. That figure may be off a bit—one way or the other—but a precise number is truly, not the point. Grappling over a specific dollar amount is merely debate deflection. Quite simply, it is undeniable that illegal aliens cost every U.S. citizen a lot of money.

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The Nation of Immigrants:

The United States is a nation of immigrants. Whether five years ago, fifty years ago, or three-hundred years ago, our ancestors came here from another country. In my entire life, I have never met even a single U.S. citizen who is opposed to immigration.

Radical liberal leftist sanctuary politicians always conveniently forget to use that little word “illegal” in front of the word “immigration” when they tell us they are doing things in the American way . . . and the rest of us are racists.

Ask yourself: Why am I called me ugly names when truth is not on their side?

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We are a sovereign nation. We have the unmitigated right to control our borders. Our immigration policy grants citizenship to legal immigrants with the ability and desire to become self-supporting, law-abiding, American citizens who will honor and embrace the unique blessing which is the United States of America.

We have the absolute right to deny the privilege of living in the United States to people who thumb their noses at our laws and culture, especially those illegal aliens who make no effort to assimilate or learn English. You know… the ones who fly the flag of their home country, but claim it is harsh treatment to be deported back there. (Oh boy… now I need to be on the lookout for the Political Correctness Police.)

Ask Yourself: Do we need comprehensive immigration reform?

Or do we just need to enforce our laws?

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Radical liberals declare it repulsively illegal when a bakery owner or a county clerk (based on his or her religious belief) chooses to ignore a federal law. But those very same radical leftists see nothing wrong with entire states and cities being in brazen violation of multiple federal laws, violations of which lead to misery and death.

Ask yourself: How totally hypocritical can they get?

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The Playbook:

Policies vary a bit from one sanctuary state to another. Regardless, the entire malaise comes to us straight out of the communist playbook:

“The goal of socialism is communism.” — Vladimir Lenin

“A lie told often enough becomes the truth.” — Vladimir Lenin

“One man with a gun can control one-hundred without one.” — Vladimir Lenin

“The press should be not only a collective propagandist and a collective agitator, but also a collective organizer of the masses.” — Vladimir Lenin

“We can and must write in a language which sows among the masses hate, revulsion, and scorn toward those who disagree with us.” — Vladimir Lenin

“He who now talks about the ‘freedom of the press’ goes backward, and halts our headlong course towards socialism.” — Vladimir Lenin

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The Thought-Provoking Liberal Politician Quotes:

“We simply cannot allow people to pour into the United States undetected, undocumented, unchecked, and circumventing the line of people who are waiting, patiently, diligently, and lawfully to become immigrants in the country.” —Former President Barack Hussein Obama

“Illegal immigration is wrong, plain and simple…People who enter the United States without our permission are illegal aliens and illegal aliens should not be treated the same as people who entered the U.S. legally…and a primary goal of comprehensive immigration reform must be to dramatically curtail future illegal immigration.” — Senate Democratic Minority Leader Chuck Schumer

“All Americans…are rightly disturbed by the large numbers of illegal aliens entering our country. The jobs they hold might otherwise be held by citizens or legal immigrants. The public services they use impose burdens on our taxpayers. We are a nation of immigrants. But we are also a nation of laws. It is wrong and ultimately self-defeating for a nation of immigrants to permit the kind of abuse of our immigration laws we have seen in recent years, and we must do more to stop it.” —Former President William Jefferson Clinton

“I am, you know, adamantly against illegal immigration.” —Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton

“The American people are tired of liars and people who pretend to be something they’re not.” — Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton

Ask yourself: If a “leader” publicly states an opinion completely contrary to his or her actions, might that be called lying?

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The Summation:

All crimes (and there are a lot of them) committed by illegal aliens can be eliminated by merely removing illegal aliens from our society. It is true that the majority of illegal aliens are not criminal gang members, drug smugglers, human traffickers, and murderers. So what? Every U.S. citizen whose life, family, finances, home, job and/or business is destroyed by an illegal alien would never experience that if we merely enforced our laws.

Sanctuary states shield—literally—millions of illegals from deportation, a large percentage of whom have prior criminal histories and/or currently have outstanding felony warrants. Both the pro and the anti-illegal immigration camps inflate or deflate statistics to support their view. The reality is … actual numbers … don’t actually matter. Anyone who has lost a child, sibling or parent to an illegal alien doesn’t base their horror and endless sorrow on a statistic. One illegal alien killing one child should be enough for everyone to say, “Enough!”

Ask yourself: What part of “dead” do liberal anarchist politicians not understand?

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It is blatantly wrong for any person or entity to give sanctuary to killers, rapists, drug dealers, and human-traffickers. Yet, radical liberal leftist politicians make a selfish personal choice to ignore that truth. Such “leaders” lie to us by claiming everything is safer because of sanctuary states. Nice try, guys, but statistics don’t support your lies.

Ask yourself: If it is acceptable for radical leftists to create sanctuary states and ignore federal law, is it also acceptable for a local police officer to ignore sanctuary laws and, instead, enforce federal law?

If not… why not? Don’t we all get to pick and choose which laws we obey?

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Sanctuary state politicians, please ask yourself: If I discover a hundred-thousand citizens in my state are pedophiles, drug dealers, and murderers, will I make certain they are never arrested so long as they vote for me? Or do you only do that for illegal aliens?

Ask yourself: If politicians only protect illegal aliens, doesn’t that make them racist?

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Although we are a nation of laws, it is obvious we now have two classes of people who are exempt from the law: illegal aliens and criminal politicians.

Ask yourself: How do they keep getting away with this?

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Here is the question we all (including nice, normal, non-radicalized Democrats) should ask ourselves: Why would any politician be in favor of unlimited illegal immigration?

Below are the only answers to that question I can think of:

  • Humanitarianism
    • Nope. Demonstrably, those millions of illegal aliens are not refugees.
  • Wealth
    • Is it possible drug cartels are paying off some of our politicians?
  • Power
    • Every sanctuary state and city was created by radical Democrats
    • If Republicans created sanctuary states and cities, I would be just as disgusted by Republicans as I am by those radical liberal leftists who put political power ahead of law, country, citizens, truth, and common sense.
    • Regardless of party, I’d vote to put them in prison.

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I have no doubt that radical libs who read this will call me a nasty name. (They do that when they cannot logically refute a fact they don’t like.) Just to make myself perfectly clear: I am not in favor of harboring illegal aliens from anywhere, no matter what language they speak, or what they look like. In fact … please feel free to round up all Scandinavian blue-eyed blondes who are here illegally and deport them first. It has never been about melanin.

Ask yourself: Which part of “illegal” do radical liberals not understand?

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More than a dozen California cities—in defiance of California state law—have declared themselves not sanctuary cities. The Peoples Republic of California, of course, won’t stand for that and is taking them to court. You see, in the minds of radical liberals, it is entirely appropriate to force their beliefs on everyone else. But it is inappropriate for anyone else to disagree with them. When I was a child this was called bullying.

Now, here’s the conundrum: radical liberal leftists say they are opposed to bullying. So, I guess that means they are not really bullying us with their sanctuary statutes and… the opinions of the rest of us are just plain wrong and, therefore… our opinions must be vanquished. This is also known as tyranny.

Let’s be thankful the radical liberal leftists in command don’t carry machine guns. Yet.

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The Fifty Year History of the Radical Left:

1969: Radical liberal leftists spit on our soldiers and call them baby killers.

2019: Radical liberal leftists spit on our constitution and kill babies.

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The Response to the Ivey-Covered Professors:

Contrary to the ideological bile spewed by radical leftist professors and their political and media cohorts, I do not find sanctuary states to be a “fascinating case of federal vs. states’ rights”. I find sanctuary states to be the product of unprincipled, dishonest, megalomaniac politicians pandering to hoped-for illegal alien votes by criminally ignoring our laws and dictating that outrageously expensive, dangerous, and sometimes deadly living conditions must be inflicted upon U.S. citizens . . . for the sole purpose of increasing political power.

Ask yourself: “How can anyone not be disgusted by such behavior?”

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The Closing:

Please allow me to clarify where I’m coming from (other than California). The United States of America is the most generous country in the history of our planet. We give away billions of dollars in assistance all over the world every year. We are usually the first (and sometimes the only) country to arrive for disaster relief, regardless of where it is in the world.

Ask yourself: What moral responsibility requires us to bankrupt ourselves by supporting illegal aliens?

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I believe in and follow the law, our Constitution, and the Bill of Rights (those documents which protect us from tyranny). I believe in critical thinking to arrive at truth and reality. I do not believe in uneducated loyalty to anyone’s party line. I am not a conservative. I am not a liberal. I am a normal everyday citizen of the greatest country on earth (to clarify for radical liberals… that country is the United States of America).

Ask yourself: How do those power-mad, death-dealing, radical creepers sleep at night?

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