“To establish an uniform Rule of Naturalization.”

That is a specifically enumerated power of the Congress in the U.S. Constitution, which lays out the powers and duties of Congress in Article I – even before the Executive and Judicial branches are charted.

The Founders were sent to Philadelphia to revise the Articles of Confederation, which had been adopted after the surprising victory against the British, after it became obvious that the loose relationship between the former colonies was failing to provide a cohesive system of government for the new nation.

It soon became obvious to men like James Madison that certain matters like establishing courts, coining money, starting a postal service, registering patents, regulating rivers, not to mention declaring and funding wars were of supreme national interest and not the purview of the individual states.

Matters like marriage and divorce laws, laws governing deeds and property, voting and education were left to the states – as long as they didn’t violate federal law.

The supremacy clause found in Article VI, Section 2 provides that states can’t regulate, interfere with, or control federal issues and since 1810, the U.S. Supreme Court has handed down opinions affirming the concept of federal law governing those issues deemed to be of national significance.

That would include whether or not the borders are secure, who enters the nation and where, and under what circumstances people can be excluded or deported.

In the world of President Barack Obama, however, cities and even some states are in open defiance of federal law governing immigration, establishing strongholds to protect illegal immigrants from deportation or even detention by federal authorities.

So-called “sanctuary” cities not only actively refuse to cooperate with ICE (U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement), but are now offering free legal representation to illegal immigrants within their city limits, in addition to the social services already provided.

Democratic mayors in Los Angeles, Chicago and San Francisco are looking to tax Americans to hire attorneys to defend illegals in deportation proceedings.

Legislation introduced in California would cost between $10-80 million per year for the legal services and the City of Los Angeles has already established an immigrant defense fund with $10 million available for defense fees.

Long-time Obama insider, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, held a press conference after Donald Trump’s election in November to proudly proclaim not only that “Chicago will always be a sanctuary city,” but pledging, To all those who are, after Tuesday's election, very nervous... you are safe in Chicago. You are secure in Chicago.”

An odd promise indeed from the mayor who has overseen an explosion of homicides in his city during his five-year tenure in City Hall resulting in nearly 800 deaths and another 4,300 people shot and wounded in 2016 alone.

San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee was unable to protect a young woman, Kate Steinle, from being shot to death by a homeless illegal immigrant, Juan Francisco Lopez-Sanchez, who had been deported five times.

Perhaps Emanuel and Lee should concentrate on making their cities safe for their legal residents and letting the federal government do its Constitutional duty.

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