On sanctuary, Guadagno and Murphy both stumble badly

Sunday, 05 November 2017, 09:57:42 PM. Police chiefs warn that crime will spike if Guadagno gets her way and forces beat cops to enforce immigration law. But why won't Murphy commit to helping deport even serious criminals who are here illegally?
If you think a "sanctuary city" is a place where undocumented immigrants can find a haven, immune from deportation, then I have sobering news: You have it wrong. The term "sanctuary" is misleading. No city or state can stop federal agents from deporting these folks. It happens every day, even in sanctuary cities. The only question - and it's raising red-hot emotions in the final stretch of the campaign for governor -- is how much help the locals provide. And the sensible answer, which I'll get to in a minute, is smack in between the extremes. Sadly, neither candidate is embracing that sweet spot. They both seem determined to use their final days to underscore their worst qualities. It makes me want to find sanctuary from this campaign. Start with Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno, the Republican, who produced a TV ad warning that Democrat Phil Murphy wants to protect monsters like Jose Carranza, one of the gang that executed three college kids in a Newark school yard in 2007, and sexually assault a fourth while slashing her neck with a steak knife. "Murphy will have the backs of deranged murders like Carranza," her ad blares. What Guadagno did is splice Murphy's supportive statements about Dreamers and other law-abiding immigrants who entered the country illegally, and attach it to the very different question about criminals like Carranza. It was a dishonest appeal to dark fears about "the other." The reason is that she's desperate. She started this campaign by hammering at property...Read more
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