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Posted by Andrew Roman on May 20, 2010

A phrase you may hear being used more and more as the illegal immigration debate lumbers forward is: Rule of Law City.”

Let’s hope so. It’s as catchy as it is accurate.

It is the antitoxin – the neutralizer – to the supreme joke and embarrassment that is the modern “sanctuary city,” most recently coined by Mayor Allan Mansoor of Costa Mesa, California, and validated by the city council there on Tuesday.

From the Orange County Register: 

Costa Mesa, California Mayor, Allan Mansoor

The City Council made it clear Tuesday night that people who are in the country illegally are not welcome in their city.

Council members voted to pass a resolution declaring Costa Mesa a “Rule of Law City” at the behest of Mayor Allan Mansoor, who has long been known as a vocal opponent of illegal immigration.

“I have a lot of concerns with cities calling themselves sanctuary cities,” Mansoor said before the vote. “It’s important we state that we do not support illegal immigration.”

Mansoor’s proposal was met with comments from five public speakers, all of whom criticized it. Some said the declaration would paint the city in a bad light and polarize the community. Others called the resolution a political move by Mansoor in his bid for the state Assembly.

The council voted 4-0 in favor of the declaration. Council member Katrina Foley was absent.

As in Arizona, the key here is that Costa Mesa is taking the step of enforcing laws that already exist at the national level but are all but being ignored.

To that end, being a “Rule of Law City” will also have an important “bonus consequence.”

It will have the effect of triggering a wave of self-deportations, as we are starting to see happen in Arizona. Indeed, the perception of the law among illegals will prove a powerful motivator – not to all, but to many. And even though there is absolutely nothing in this law, or the one in Arizona, about racial profiling, it won’t matter. The view among illegal aliens that “cops are coming after me” will be a valuable tool in getting many illegals to leave.

It’s called deterrence. It’s what keeps even the most law-abiding among us from engaging in bad behavior.

Along with common sense, history is also on the side of the “bonus consequence” argument.

A 2009 report put out by the Center of Immigration Studies says that the illegal alien population in Arizona dropped by nearly 200,000 in two years due, in large part, to increased efforts by the state to deal with the problem of illegals.

Since, from a Democrat perspective, this entire debate is really about appeasing minority voting blocks – even though this is not a minority issue – how about actually requiring people to prove their American citizenship before being allowed to vote?

How about enforcing that law?

Is there anything more basic – and obvious – than making sure that those who vote in American elections are actually Americans?

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