Remember when words mattered? You know what I am talking about! When words had a meaning before they are artificially softened. The days before taxes were called revenue enhancements, before government spending of our hard-earned money was called investments, or when there were terrorists instead of militants. Back then, words mattered. Sure, at times, they may have been harsh sounding like when this Oscar winner is instead of the Oscar goes to. That last one gives the impression that the best picture award is just another meaningless participation trophy; “the 10th place award goes to.” To that matter, as Jerry Seinfeld would say, a silver medal in the Olympics does not designate a winner; it designates the #1 loser, someone who did better than any other loser. The same thing happened with the word sanctuary. The term sanctuary city is a misnomer. sanctuary cities
Of course, there is also the recent silly transition from illegal Alien to undocumented Alien. If breaking the law by coming into the country illegally is merely undocumented, then a murderer is simply an undocumented executioner, a kidnapper is an undocumented parent. Someone who drives despite the fact their license was suspended an undocumented driver, and a squatter in someone’s building an undocumented resident, etc., etc.
Another one of those new-fangled, softened-terms is sanctuary city. That particular term didn’t replace another one like “undocumented alien.” It’s a relatively new term because municipalities used to keep criminal Illegal aliens under lock and key until the feds could come to pick them up. They would let the feds know when a local criminal sentence was going to end and the feds would be able to grab them to serve their federal sentence or if there was no federal sentence, send them back to their home country. Toda cities such as Los Angeles, Chicago, NY, Seattle, and others don’t allow their law enforcement to cooperate with ICE and allow illegal aliens, even the criminal ones to go free and back into the general population. Those municipalities call themselves “sanctuary cities.” But they aren’t providing Sanctuary they are aiding and abetting criminals. In many cases, violent criminals, and allowing them roam free and to hurt their citizens. Last month a criminal illegal alien killed an elderly woman in NYC.
The original meaning of Sanctuary is a sacred and/or holy place like in a church, synagogue, or some sort of shrine like the Vietnam Memorial in D.C. In medieval times, people would go to Churches (sanctuaries) to avoid unfair arrests. That’s how the term grew to include any “safe zone,” but in its purest form, sanctuary refers to a sacred area. Remember the Hunchback of Notre Dame when Quasimodo yells Sanctuary? He is trying to tell the people around him that he is in a holy place and shouldn’t be pursued further as it’s supposed to be a safe haven for people. In those times, it was considered against the law to arrest someone seeking asylum in a sanctuary.
Chicago calls itself a sanctuary city, but releasing violent criminals into the general population is not a holy act.
There is no official definition of Sanctuary City, but in practice, it is a municipality that breaks the law by permitting residence by illegal immigrants. These cities also protect lawbreaking aliens by refusing to cooperate with federal authorities who are tracking them down for arrest or deportation.
Language matters, so these municipalities should be called what they are. They aren’t sanctuary cities, they are aiding and abetting cities, or harboring criminal cities.