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Sanctuary cities are US cities that elect to not cooperate with immigration law in order to protect undocumented immigrants. Are these cities necessary to protect innocent people? Or are they unlawful hotbeds of criminals?

Sanctuary cities are bad Show more Show less

Sanctuary cities stop the government from simply enforcing the law.
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Sanctuary cities encourage dangerous criminals and their behavior

Sanctuary cities create a safe space for criminals to hide and continue their crimes. Some immigrants support drug trafficking. They can live without fear of being deported for their crimes.
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Context

Sanctuary cities harbor criminals in the past. A murderer could enter a sanctuary city and, because of the city’s policy, not be caught or charged with their crimes. On many occasions, tests have been done to see whether current sanctuary cities have an increase in crime because of this. Unfortunately, not all illegal immigrants come with peaceful intentions. Some are involved in criminal drug systems that find ways to sneak through a country’s borders.

The Argument

Criminals are people who have broken the law of a country, state, or region. Thieves, murderers, robbers, and abusers are a few types of criminals. Criminals cause pain to their victims and the people around them. Because they cause harm to people in society, they need to be punished. In a sanctuary city, there are many criminals hiding from the law. Because the law can’t reach them, they can’t pay for their crimes. That means the items a thief stole can’t be replaced. A murderer can’t be put on trial and locked away. Victims need the retribution that is due to them. Criminals take property, life, or even innocence. They don’t deserve the safety of sanctuary cities. Instead, they deserve the punishment due to them.

Counter arguments

If a person is wrongfully accused of a crime, a sanctuary city is the perfect place to hide. Being accused of a serious crime like murder could ruin someone’s life. They could be thrown in jail for life for something they never did. The law isn’t foolproof which is why a third party is needed. Not all criminals in sanctuary cities are criminals. Illegal immigrants are by law criminals. However, the only crime they’re guilty of is being in a country without lawful entry. But illegal immigrants do this to have a better life away from their original home. Sanctuary cities aren’t required to follow the law of the land. In America, there’s a line between a state’s government and federal government.[1] It’s good to have another hand in lawmaking. It makes sure that everyone, including immigrants, are treated as human beings.

Premises

[P1] Criminals are all guilty of some horrible crime. [P2] Sanctuary cities keep criminals away from being rightfully and lawfully persecuted. [P3] Sanctuary cities don’t give victims of the crime retribution.

Rejecting the premises

[Rejecting P1] Some criminals are innocent people who have been wrongfully accused of a crime. [Rejecting P2] Sanctuary cities keep people like immigrants away from severe persecution. [Rejecting P3] Sanctuary cities look at a crime from a different perspective which allows criminals who have been wrongfully accused to find solace.

References

  1. https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2020/06/15/sanctuary-cities-supreme-court-trump-challenge-california/4432493002/

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