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Posted by: thepinetree on 04/18/2018 06:22 PM Updated by: thepinetree on 04/18/2018 06:22 PM
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The Sanctuary Movement and the Doctrine of Nullification By Congressman Tom McClintock

Washington, DC...The Doctrine of Nullification is the assertion that any state government which doesn’t like a federal law is free to violate it. It began with early disputes over the Alien and Sedition Acts and federal tariffs and formed the central legal argument the Southern Confederacy used in its attempt to tear the federal union apart. It ignores the Supremacy Clause of the Constitution, the enumerated powers of Congress and the exclusive jurisdiction given the courts to adjudicate disputes involving the states.

When it first appeared in the Kentucky and Virginia resolutions, George Washington warned that nullification had the potential to “dissolve the Union.” When South Carolina used it in 1832 to ignore a federal tariff, President Andrew Jackson sent warships to Charleston harbor, threatened to hang the instigators and declared that nullification was “incompatible with the existence of the Union, contradicted expressly by the letter of the Constitution, unauthorized by its spirit, inconsistent with every principle on which it was founded, and destructive of the great object for which it was formed."

Washington, Jackson, and ultimately, Lincoln, understood how toxic this doctrine is to the rule of law and to the fundamental principles of federalism. If allowed to stand, the Constitution becomes impotent, our laws become mere suggestions and the federal union disintegrates.

A century and a half later, this doctrine has re-emerged as the central tenet of the sanctuary movement embraced most conspicuously by California officials.

Like their Confederate predecessors, California secessionists assert the Tenth Amendment with no apparent understanding of it. The Tenth Amendment reserves to the states powers NOT delegated to Congress. Jurisdiction over immigration law is explicitly reserved to Congress and thus denied the states. The Supremacy Clause is equally clear that the laws made within the constitutional authority of the federal government are the supreme laws of the land.

There is good reason for immigration law to be in federal hands. As the Attorney General explained in Sacramento, if our immigration laws are not to be enforced, our national borders mean precisely nothing. Nations that either cannot or will not defend their borders aren’t around very long. The open borders advocated by California officials are suicidal for any nation.

Furthermore, our immigration laws are essential to promote assimilation – the glue that holds together a nation drawn from every continent. Regulating the flow and setting the conditions of immigration assures that uniquely American traditions and values – a common language, a common culture, and a common devotion to American constitutional principles – are preserved. Our immigration laws welcome those from around the world, but they also unite us as one people. If we were to tolerate, much less, reward, illegal immigration, we undermine the process of assimilation our immigration laws protect and make a mockery of the millions of legal immigrants who have obeyed those laws and done everything our country has asked.

The new Confederates claim that they are not defying federal law, but just refusing to use state resources to enforce it. Federal law is crystal clear: “a Federal, State, or local government entity or official may not prohibit, or in any way restrict, any government entity or official from sending to, or receiving from, the Immigration and Naturalization Service information regarding the citizenship or immigration status, lawful or unlawful, of any individual.” Yet that is precisely what California’s nullification acts do. They go even further by threatening private citizens with criminal prosecution for merely volunteering information to federal authorities.

California officials argue that they are simply trying to preserve the trust of the illegal immigrant “community” to report crimes. Does that mean that anyone who reports a crime or talks to a police officer should be immune from arrest for crimes they may have committed? The Constitution commands the executive to “take care that the laws be faithfully executed.” That means all laws, including our immigration laws.

For all its sanctimony, the sanctuary movement’s principal legal argument springs from the same poisoned fountainhead that almost destroyed our nation in the Civil War. President Lincoln understood that it must be confronted and defeated. President Trump and Attorney General Sessions have made it clear that this administration does too.


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No Subject
Posted on: 2018-04-18 19:47:19   By: Anonymous
Nice tie.

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    Re: McClitKnock
    Posted on: 2018-04-19 08:09:03   By: Anonymous
    McClitKnock should resign from everything.

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      Re: McClitKnock
      Posted on: 2018-04-19 08:11:11   By: Anonymous
      Go stick your head in a fountain, McClitKnock!!!!!!!

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        Re: McClitKnock
        Posted on: 2018-04-19 08:12:04   By: Anonymous

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          Re: McClitKnock
          Posted on: 2018-04-19 08:13:12   By: Anonymous
          another Racist Republican speaks

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            Re: McClitKnock
            Posted on: 2018-04-19 08:14:20   By: Anonymous
            nullify McClitKnock

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            Re: McClitKnock
            Posted on: 2018-04-19 08:23:16   By: Anonymous
            Maybe you should learn to read and comprehended, that might open your eyes to the enlightenment of knowledge. Knowledge is a powerful tool that you seem to lack. Education is vital these days, not to survive but to prosper and give a good life to those you love and cherish. You can be poor and still love, cherish, raise a family, but that doesn't mean you'll give those you love what they deserve.
            This country owes to keep it's citizens safe, and letting illegal criminals in this country is not keeping our citizens safe. Drug runners, pushers (look at the illegal grows here and in Sacramento) human trafficking, and many more crimes.
            The old saying, Ignorance Is Bliss, seems to be true to your comment.

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              Posted on: 2018-04-19 10:16:47   By: Anonymous

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              Re: McClitKnock
              Posted on: 2018-04-19 23:18:05   By: Anonymous
              What? Nobody lets illegal criminals into this country. What the hell are you saying?

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              Re: McClitKnock
              Posted on: 2018-04-19 23:20:03   By: Anonymous
              Maybe your post is misinterpreted, but it appears your thoughts are like scrambled eggs, all mixes up. Could you please clear up what you intended to convey?

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No Subject
Posted on: 2018-04-18 20:12:01   By: Anonymous
Big Tom BS McClintock. The state is not nullifying federal law. The state is saying it is not in the business of immigration enforcements.. Feds have the INS to that. The feds should hire more INS if they need it. CA is sending National Guard to the border.

Ca is right. Our cops need to concentrate on proventing and so
solving violations of our criminal laws, they are not charged with enforcing immigration laws. If they start enforcing immigration laws it will definitely interfere in enforcing state and local laws.

McClintock needs to go.. by pushing this he is not supporting CA.

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    Posted on: 2018-04-18 20:17:17   By: Anonymous
    That student in the previous article is hot. I could handle some of that. The girl is cute also.

    Bill McManus

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      Posted on: 2018-04-18 21:26:41   By: Anonymous
      I think Bill has been trolled

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        Posted on: 2018-04-18 21:57:29   By: Anonymous
        Did you notice that box on Bill's left?
        Do you think it's real wood?

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          Posted on: 2018-04-19 02:48:57   By: Anonymous

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            Posted on: 2018-04-19 08:06:53   By: Anonymous

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          Posted on: 2018-04-19 22:41:21   By: Anonymous
          The box?
          It's good Norwegian wood.

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    Re: Deport Illegals and jail criminals
    Posted on: 2018-04-19 08:00:56   By: Anonymous
    My grandmother was raped by an illegal in the late 80's in San Diego when they went on a vacation. That person you and Governor Brown would be found not guilty today by your comments.
    Thankfully after 17 years in prison he was deported.
    Things sure have changed, and I'll say for the worse with who's leading our state AND our country today.

    RIP Nonna

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      Re: Deport Illegals and jail criminals
      Posted on: 2018-04-19 17:20:02   By: Anonymous
      Keep voting Democrat folks and that's what you'll get.

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      Re: Deport Illegals and jail criminals
      Posted on: 2018-04-19 22:53:03   By: Anonymous
      It was a sad, sorry ,thing that happened to your Grandma,.. The guy served half a lifetime in prison, which is very hard time for a rapist, but it should have been worse...

      Bit your comment that Brown would have let him go as not guilty is really,really freaking stupid. so stupid, it might be your whole story is a lie. How can you even begin to say such a stupid thing?

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        Re: Deport Illegals and jail criminals
        Posted on: 2018-04-20 07:16:58   By: Anonymous
        Tell that to the Mother and Father of Katie Steinle who as an illegal immigrant shot and killed, was found not guilty of the death of their daughter that Gov Brown protected. Thank God the feds stepped in and arrested him on gun charges

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