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September 19, 2017

Is Sanctuary Status Truly Social Justice?

Jason Miller

Last Sunday was U.S. Constitution Day. This got me thinking about the rule of law. Today, as I reflect on the current events surrounding sanctuary advocates in our county, I find myself recalling the wisdom of having been taught about citizenship, the Constitution and general civics at an early age.


Earlier this year, the Maryland Legislature attempted to pass a sanctuary state bill but failed in the final hours of the session. Last week College Park attempted to pass an ordinance that would have allowed non-citizens the right to vote in municipal elections. College Park’s push for such an ordinance was thwarted by incompetence. The council majority who voted for the ordinance announced its passage without knowing their own charter-voting requirements for its passage.


I simply don’t understand how a sanctuary policy of any kind could be supported by anyone with a basic understanding of the law. Some might offer that I am a relic of the past who doesn’t understand today’s modern American multiculturalism. I would ask all supporters of sanctuary status at any governmental level to just repeat. “…The oath of naturalized citizenship.” This oath is taken by immigrants who obtain citizenship legally. This oath is why I cannot support any sanctuary policy.


“I hereby declare, on oath, that I absolutely and entirely renounce and abjure all allegiance and fidelity to any foreign prince, potentate, state, or sovereignty of whom or which I have heretofore been a subject or citizen; that I will support and defend the Constitution and laws of the United States of America against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I will bear arms on behalf of the United States when required by law; that I will perform noncombatant service in the Armed Forces of the United States when required by the law; that I will perform work of national importance under civilian direction when required by the law; and that I take this obligation freely without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; so help me God.”


Sanctuary policies give favor to illegal foreign nationals over legal immigrants who are seeking naturalized citizenship.


Why would anyone volunteer to endure the hardships and headaches of seeking naturalized citizenship when they can simply ignore the citizenship requirement all together?


Why should illegal foreign nationals be given special status when they cannot freely make a legal commitment to reject their foreign citizenship, or even pledge to defend their neighbors in a time of national crisis?


Frederick County Councilman Jerry Donald has assured Frederick County voters that no efforts to pursue a sanctuary policy in Frederick County are being made. I would beg the councilman’s pardon while I look to the platform of Frederick County Progressives who are advocating for such a policy while purposefully draping themselves with the flag of social justice. This is a false flag.


The goal of progressives in Frederick County toward their sanctuary agenda is not equal protection under the law, but rather to protect those who find it advantageous in being above the law. As I read and listen to Michael O’Connor, Frederick City’s Democrat mayoral candidate, as he advocates for sanctuary status as part of his platform of inclusiveness, I remain unconvinced of Councilman Donald’s declared countywide assurances.


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