Austin Columnist:"Retain The Best Elements Of Being A Sanctuary City"
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September 18, 2007, 12:19 AM
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If managed properly, sanctuary cities can have a silver lining. Really. So says a starry-eyed columnist in Austin, Texas, which is a de facto sanctuary city. After recounting the tragic execution-style murders of three young people in Neward, N. J., Alberta Phillips (e-mail) wraps up her call for tougher law enforcement against criminal illegal aliens this way:

I`m not ready to throw out the sanctuary policy entirely. The question we need to answer is how we retain the best elements of being a sanctuary city without sacrificing public safety, "Phillips: Our sanctuary city must not serve as a haven for criminals," by Alberta Phillips, Austin American-Statesman, Sept. 16.

Memo to Ms. Phillilps: I was waiting for you to identify these "best elements" but came away disappointed when you didn`t. Would they perhaps include fewer jobs for your city`s legal residents, depressed wages, overcrowded schools and hospital emergency rooms, worsening traffic congestion, environmental degradation, etc., etc.?