I was talking to a friend of mine today about the Trumpy stuff going on today — specifically the immigration-related stuff that’s causing the stir at the airports around the country. From there the conversation naturally turned to the topic of “Sanctuary Cities” because Seattle is one. (And might get funds cut from the federal government)
The problem with the term “Sanctuary City” is that it gives the sense of “protection.” When a conservative hears the term, the picture that comes up in their mind is something like what happened in Cologn in German during new years celebrations last year.
The problem is that this is not what Seattle is doing. It’s something more akin to what the conservatives want to have happen to them. Conservatives, for the most part, want the government to get up out of their business. (ok, let’s leave the things relating to sexuality off the table for a moment, I’m talking old school “conservative” not what the shit’s transformed into)
What the idea of a “sanctuary city” is, is that the police don’t go around proactively checking people’s papers. Anyone can go up to the police to report a crime. The crime is investigated hopefully, and the perpetrator is caught. The “papers” of the victim are not needed for the transaction, nor should they be. For the criminal… well, once they’re in the system, their papers are still needed. If the find the criminal isn’t here legally, to ICE (Immigrations and Customs Enforcement), they go. They don’t get “sanctuary” in the city. They are treated like the criminals they are.
So, we came up with a new name for Seattle and the other cities like it.
“Not all up in your business cities.”
Has a better ring to it and makes if clearer what we’re doing. We’re not providing sanctuary to criminals… fuck that noise. We are simply not compulsively asking people for their papers. If you were doing crimes, off you go.