Cut All Funding for Lawrence, The Sanctuary City ~ VALLEY PATRIOT EDITORIAL (Jan, 2017)

As a municipality, the City of Lawrence does not collect enough in local property taxes to pay for even half the cost of fire, police, schools, and other essential services.

As such, Lawrence gets millions of dollars every year from the state and federal government. In the past 30 years, billions of taxpayer’s dollars have been pumped into Lawrence for everything from basic services to dancing contests.

How has this worked out?

Certainly, Lawrence is worse off today than it was 30 years ago. The billions “invested” in Lawrence’s city government have done nothing to make the lives better for the people who live there. Lawrence is more dangerous, the schools are in receivership, and unemployment is much higher.

Being dependent upon state and federal funding, you might think Lawrence officials would be eager to keep that money flowing so that Lawrence doesn’t get any worse.

To the contrary, the Lawrence City Council has declared Lawrence a “sanctuary city” meaning that when Lawrence Police arrest an illegal alien who is a child molester, rapist, wife beater, murderer, or drug dealer, the Lawrence cops cannot notify immigration to have them deported.

Lawrence officials have proven once again that they care less about the lives of American citizens (and Lawrence residents), than they do the criminals who are citizens of other governments.

Even in the face of possibly losing the millions in federal dollars that Lawrence needs to function, city officials remain dedicated to siding with criminals who victimize the streets of their very city.

We say it’s time Lawrence and other sanctuary cities start respecting the laws of this nation, or their federal funding should be completely cut off.

There is no excuse for any city to offer sanctuary to wife beaters, killers, rapists, drug dealers, and child molesters.

Any official who puts the needs of a violent criminal above the safety of the very people who elected them are by definition, traitors who do not deserve to hold public office.

If the officials in Lawrence and other sanctuary cities really want to “make a stand” against what they laughingly call “racism” they should put their money where their mouth is … or to be more accurate … they should do without money from the federal government and see if other countries want to send them a check to pay for schools, police, fire, and sewer services.



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5 Responses to Cut All Funding for Lawrence, The Sanctuary City ~ VALLEY PATRIOT EDITORIAL (Jan, 2017)

  1. Anonymous for Safety Reply

    February 10, 2017 at 9:48 AM

    Sweet and to the point! The drinking age is 21 and the speed limit 65 because the federal government deemed it so with the threat of withholding federal money. Time this happened for municipalities that do not obey the law!

  2. Ginny Kuzlotsky Reply

    February 15, 2017 at 9:18 AM

    These are always the cities that do this. Dependent on the Feds to exist (the politicians not the taxpaing citizens who for some reason stay there). It’s so simple. Being illegal IS illegal.

  3. Esther Sewell Reply

    February 15, 2017 at 6:19 PM

    I’m streetwise and no shrinking violet, even into my 60’s. That being said, anytime I have to go into Lawrence I find myself being extra careful-car doors locked, no purse, and looking over my shoulder.

  4. Grace Piazza Reply

    February 22, 2017 at 6:02 PM

    Anonymous for protection

    It is very stressful to live in Lawrence because of th e high crime rate, bad drivers and lack of the spoken English language. The faulty thinking that makes the municipal government fail to report to ICE any illegal alien arrested as a suspect in a crime adds to the stress of the good law-abiding citizens.
    Terrible decision to become a sanctuary city. Good immigrants who want to work and assimilate as Americans are welcome but not illegal aliens who commit crimes. I wholeheartedly agree with Tom Duggan that it is wrong for any city to be a sanctuary for illegal aliens. But I do not look forward to any further reduction in federal and state money. That would punish the good residents. Maybe instead, the federal government should take Lawrence officials to court and have them removed from office because of the sanctuary city allowance.

  5. Gail A Parker Reply

    March 30, 2017 at 4:12 PM

    It is such a disgrace that Lawrence has become so uncaring of her residents, ALL LEGAL residents for all of our Safety is at risk with Lawrence Becoming a Sanctuary City. You are putting the people of the City you are suppose to care about in harm’s way! Without Federal Funding we lose Firefighters and Police! How are you going to pay them, maybe we should take away the Mayor’s pay! Good Luck getting re elected Mayor Dan Rivera, You did not win big here and Remember ILLEGALS cannot VOTE and the people you are hurting CAN?

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