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Levin on Sanctuary Cities: 'They Are Nullifying Federal Law...Didn't We Fight Civil War Over This?'

Michael Morris
By Michael Morris | December 1, 2016 | 11:46 AM EST

Nationally syndicated radio talk show host Mark Levin (AP Photo/AJ Mast)

On his nationally syndicated radio talk show Wednesday, host Mark Levin slammed “self-proclaimed” sanctuary cities and states for acting like the Confederacy in their “massive nullification effort” and asked his audience, “Didn’t we fight a civil war over this?”

“They are nullifying federal law,” Mark Levin said about sanctuary cities and sanctuary states. “They are nullifying federal immigration law. The Attorney General of the United States needs to be asked, ‘Why do you sit atop, as the top law enforcement official of these, of this confederation of cities and confederation of states that refuse to enforce federal law?’ Didn’t we fight a civil war over this, ladies and gentlemen?”

Below is a transcript from Levin’s program Wednesday:

“There are some 200 cities, according to the U.S. News, that self-proclaim themselves as sanctuary cities: New York City, Chicago, Los Angeles – big cities – Philadelphia – smaller cities – Nashville, Portland, Seattle, all the liberal enclaves, the major cities, the major Democrat metropolitan areas.

“No, how is this any different than nullification of federal laws?

“What these cities are saying, millions and millions of people are represented by these mayors and city councils and so forth, what they are saying is: We don’t care what federal law is. We are not going to inform the federal government of the illegal aliens in our communities. We do not want them deported.

“And yet, they are to be deported under federal law.

“We have a massive nullification effort going on in this country. Nullification is what the Confederacy did prior to and during the civil war – nullifying decisions by the federal government.

“We have now the Left taking a tactic from the Confederacy, from pro-slave states, nullifying federal law.

“We have a president of the United States who is supposed to be the president of the United States, the entire union of states. He’s taking a page out of the Confederacy by refusing to enforce federal immigration law against cities and states that self-proclaim as sanctuary cities and states in violation of federal law, in violation of federal immigration laws. He’s taking a page out of the Confederacy’s handbook.

“So, why is it okay for these Democrat mayors and city councils, why is it okay for our Democrat president of the United States, why is it okay when they conduct themselves, when it comes to nullification laws, like the Confederate states? Why is it okay that they violate federal law, that the president of the United States, by refusing to enforce federal law, is also violating federal law?

“And I’ll take it a step further. The Attorney General of the United States, she has a sworn duty to enforce federal law. They’re shaking down corporations; they’re going after Dinesh D’Souza; they’re doing this; they’re doing that; they’re nationalizing local police forces; but when it comes to so-called sanctuary cities, these are confederations. We shouldn’t even call them sanctuary cities. We should call them confederation cities, confederation states. We gotta learn to use the language. We gotta learn to be precise. We have a whole confederacy going on out here. 200 cities, a bunch of states, it’s a new confederacy.

“They’re nullifying federal law that they disagree with. Absolutely lawless.

“This is the piece in the U.S. News: ‘Sanctuary Cities Insist They’ll Stand Strong.’

“They’re confederate cities and confederate states because they obviously believe in a confederation of nullifying states and cities against the federal union.

“‘Donald Trump and mayors of sanctuary cities are engaging in a high-stakes game of chicken as the president-elect vows to withhold billions in federal funds from communities that offer refuge to illegal immigrants.

“‘It is estimated that more than 200 cities including New York … , Chicago[, L.A.] have publicly stated … they will not provide full cooperation to Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents. New York could lose around $10 billion if Trump follows through on his August campaign pledge to [blocking funds to sanctuary cities.]’

“So, I want to ask the Left, I want to ask the Pretorian Guard media, why aren’t you criticizing this confederation of cities, this confederation of states? They are nullifying federal law. They are nullifying federal immigration law. The Attorney General of the United States needs to be asked, ‘Why do you sit atop, as the top law enforcement official of these, of this confederation of cities and confederation of states that refuse to enforce federal law?’ Didn’t we fight a civil war over this, ladies and gentlemen?”

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