Donald Trump’s famous Palm Beach home and country club Mar-A-Lago sits on an island across the water from the ultra-liberal city of West Palm Beach.
The city is known for its tyrannic liberal rule over residents and businesses and its heavy push for all things progressive.
It was also named the 3rd “queerest” city in the country in 2015 and touts the LGBT agenda as proudly as its sanctuary city push.
Nearly half a million illegal immigrants live in South Florida.
Over a month ago city officials gave the middle finger to President Trump and his Winter White House, by voting to brand itself the “Welcoming City.”
The name was used as a feel-good alternative to the unpopular term “sanctuary city” that has negative connotations.
Sadly, it didn’t take long for that brilliant idea to backfire, when it cost a local resident his life after he was mowed down in a hit and run by an illegal alien.
But, protecting legal American citizens is not the priority for these justice warriors.
According to the Palm Beach Post, city employees are prohibited from:
- Asking anyone for information about or otherwise helping investigate citizenship or immigration status.
- Disclosing information regarding someone’s citizenship or immigration status.
- Conditioning receipt of city benefits, opportunities or services on one’s citizenship or immigration status.
- Requiring federal identification documents issued by a person’s nation of origin, instead of just accepting a Florida drivers license or Florida ID card.
- And it requires that arrests and detentions be conducted in accordance with the city’s standard procedures.
“We want to make sure people know that they are safe in West Palm Beach and this is a place where we want them to be,” the city’s mayor, Jeri Muoio said.
The vote caused a large number of fiery responses from residents who attended the council meeting where the measure was passed.
A resident named Jana Justice absolutely lowered the boom on the council after first making it clear that her name is J-U-S-T-I-C-E.
“If we’re gonna be a welcoming city how about let’s be a preservation and a protecting city? A city that protects its citizens. Citizens first! Taxpayers first!” she said.
“You’re saying open carte blanche, everybody come here,” she said. “There is a big difference between immigrant and illegal immigrant and also there is another differentiation between a criminal illegal alien.”
A city council member then called for police to remove her from the podium.
“Oh you would silence me after we heard 50 people talk!” she shouted before police arrived.
Another woman quoted from the Federal Immigration and Nationality Act to voice her displeasure.
“If your commissioners are not planning to uphold the oath that you swore to when you took office, and you plan to pass this resolution or maybe even something stronger, then the next time you see me will be with my lawyer in court,” she said to raucous applause.
Plenty of people on social media were equally outraged.
West Palm Beach was declared a “sanctuary city” aka “welcoming city” last week. We need to ban all sanctuary cities and protect the USA.
— Vote Trump 2020 (@GoTrumpFL) April 2, 2017
— GOPGIRL (@gopgirl13) March 29, 2017
West Palm Beach joined ❄️❄️group as ‘Sanctuary City.’??Aiding & Abetting? Are these mayors ALSO shielding??citizens when they commit crimes?
— DM Free?✌️❤?? (@free_dm) March 29, 2017
@The_Trump_Train do it quickly!!!! and prosecute all the Mayors for breaking Fed Law- West Palm Beach FL just became a Sanctuary City today
— Summer Thyme (@summert02) March 28, 2017
But the state of Florida has begun the process of fighting back as the House passed a bill to punish sanctuary, and yes even WPB “welcoming” cities, who won’t cooperate with federal immigration authorities.
Democrats in the House opposed the bill and did their usual shtick of calling it “anti-immigrant,” conveniently leaving out the “illegal” part.
“The idea that this is an anti-immigrant effort is not in my heart or in my mind,” Rep. Larry Metz, who is the primary sponsor of the bill, said. “I am very much in favor of legal immigration, but there is distinction between legal and illegal, and I believe in the rule of law.”
And the punishment is steep for city officials who violate the law.
The bill doesn’t only cut funding from the city, like other anti-sanctuary bills do, but also hits the officials that harbor these criminals right in the pocket.
If passed by the Senate and signed by the governor, it would impose fines of up to $5,000 per day against local officials for each day the sanctuary policy is in effect, according to U.S. News and World Report.
Moreover, it can also lead to the removal from office of any county official, such as a sheriff.
A steep price to pay and, if the law passes, we will see just how dedicated these officials are to the cause of harboring criminals.
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