When national politicians fret about states that defy federal laws or even national attitudes, they aren’t talking about “sanctuary cities.” No, that kind of defiance meets with their approval. If those cities flew confederate flags or tardily issued gay marriage licenses, pols could work themselves up into a lather about them. But ignoring federal immigration law? That’s no big deal, until an illegal immigrant in one of those cities shoots somebody and then the finger-pointing begins.
Pols have to pretend to care about the murder in San Francisco by an illegal immigrant, Juan Francisco Lopez-Sanchez, who has re-entered the country repeatedly. But once the outcry over that dissipates, they will resume their pro-amnesty noises.