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The GOP’s condemnation of ‘sanctuary cities’ is surprisingly awkward in Iowa

Posted by Dustin Robinson on February 01, 2016 at 1:56 PM

Originally published on January 31, 2016 on The Washington Post by Robert Samuels.

Illegal immigration makes Bill Hartzell seethe. The memories are fresh from the afternoon in October 2013 when he saw his wife’s 93-year-old grandmother bloodied and unconscious, after being beaten and raped in her house by a 19-year-old Mexican who crossed the border and never left.

His outrage is driving Hartzell to vote in Monday’s Iowa presidential caucuses for Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tex.), who has vowed to battle the “sanctuary cities” that refuse to help the feds deport illegal immigrants. Cruz has said that he would block these localities from receiving federal funds for law enforcement — an idea that makes perfect sense to Hartzell.

Read the full story: https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/the-struggle-with-sanctuary-cities-in-iowa/2016/01/31/575150f4-bb9c-11e5-b682-4bb4dd403c7d_story.html