“Sanctuary” Must Stop Meaning Less Safety for Americans

“Sanctuary” is a term that, like so many others, has been corrupted in our political discourse.  Far from describing a condition that is safe, today it depicts a state of lawlessness that is endangering our people.

Unfortunately, that reality did not inform the trial of the illegal alien who murdered Kate Steinle in San Francisco.  The perpetrator, who found safe-haven there, beat the rap. This outcome is sure to reinforce the perception of such cities’ magnet-like attraction for still more people who have broken the law to be in this country – and may do much worse throughout it.

Kate Steinle’s killer may yet face federal charges and be deported for a sixth time.  But unless and until communities in this country that are also violating U.S. immigration laws are held accountable and punished, we will all be less safe.

About Frank Gaffney, Jr.

Frank Gaffney is the Founder and President of the Center for Security Policy in Washington, D.C. Under Mr. Gaffney's leadership, the Center has been nationally and internationally recognized as a resource for timely, informed and penetrating analyses of foreign and defense policy matters. Mr. Gaffney formerly acted as the Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Policy during the Reagan Administration, following four years of service as the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Nuclear Forces and Arms Control Policy. Previously, he was a professional staff member on the Senate Armed Services Committee under the chairmanship of the late Senator John Tower, and a national security legislative aide to the late Senator Henry M. Jackson.