By Kimberly Morin
On Wednesday, the New Hampshire GOP uploaded a video in which New Hampshire Senate District 16 candidate Kevin Cavanaugh (Democrat) says he believes Manchester should be a sanctuary city. The question was asked of him during the New Hampshire League of Women Voters “Candidate Night.” Cavanaugh is also a Manchester Alderman in Ward 1.
The irony of Cavanaugh’s answer is that it comes on the heels of the U.S. House of Representatives passing legislation known as “Kate’s Law.” This legislation would impose stricter penalties on criminal illegals who have been deported but re-enter the country again illegally.
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Another bill that was also passed would take federal grants away from cities who claim to be sanctuary cities and refuse to work with immigration authorities to detain or deport criminal illegals. This was an issue in the Kate Steinle case. Steinle was murdered in cold blood by criminal illegal Juan Francisco Lopez-Sanchez who had been deported multiple times. And this is where politicians who create sanctuary cities fail the citizens they are supposed to protect:
In March, Lopez-Sanchez had completed his third federal prison term for felony reentry into the United States from Mexico. He was transferred to local custody because of a decades-old bench warrant for alleged marijuana possession, but was released after prosecutors decided not to pursue the case. Immigration officials say their request to be notified before Lopez-Sanchez’s release was not honored.
San Francisco, a sanctuary city, honors immigration holds only if the person has a violent record or if a judge has vetted the hold or approved a warrant. The city’s sheriff and mayor have defended the policies as a way to protect immigrants without violent criminal records, and encourage them to report crimes to police.
How do you tell the families who have loved ones murdered by criminal illegals that they don’t matter? How do you tell your own constituents that criminal illegals are more important than the safety of their families?
“We simply cannot put our children at risk…”
The New Hampshire GOP was quick to issue a response to Cavanaugh’s statement:
NH GOP Chair Jeanie Forrester released the following statement regarding Cavanaugh’s comments:
“Imposing sanctuary city status on Manchester or any other city or town in New Hampshire is both foolish and dangerous. Sanctuary cities from Baltimore to Chicago have seen consistently higher rates of violent crime than non-sanctuary cities. This is on top of the potential loss of federal funding that will almost certainly accompany the designation. Cavanaugh’s proposal risks both the safety and well-being of every man, woman and child in Manchester and throughout the state.”
“We simply cannot put our children at risk for Kevin Cavanaugh’s short-term political gain.”
This comes as the election for the open seat in New Hampshire’s Senate District 16 begins heating up.
80% of voters disapprove of sanctuary cities
Cavanaugh, like many Democrats, seems to confuse the issue of criminal illegals with those who are legally in New Hampshire and those who may illegally be in the state but haven’t committed any crimes. A poll by Harvard-Harris shows that 80% of voters disagree with sanctuary cities:
A survey from Harvard–Harris Poll provided exclusively to The Hill found that 80 percent of voters say local authorities should have to comply with the law by reporting to federal agents the illegal immigrants they come into contact with.
“While there is broad support for comprehensive immigration reform, there is overwhelming opposition to sanctuary cities,” said Harvard–Harris co-director Mark Penn. “The public wants honest immigrants treated fairly and those who commit crimes deported and that’s very clear from the data.”
Immigration issues have previously been seen more at national level politics but with stories like Steinle’s and many others, criminal illegals are playing a part in local races as well. When local officials believe protecting criminal illegals is more important than protecting American citizens and legal immigrants who are in their cities, it’s a problem voters cannot ignore. It will be interesting to see if Cavanaugh doubles down on his support for sanctuary cities or if he claims he “misspoke” as so many politicians seem to do these days.