"Sanctuary cities" are illegal. Period. The states [much less municipalities] do not have enumerated power to control or enforce the border security of this nation. Thus, illegal aliens are federal fugitives. Local governments who wittingly harbor [broadcast it even] federal fugitives....are themselves in violation of the law.
Per Title 8, U.S.C. 1324(a)
Harboring -- Subsection 1324(a)(1)(A)(iii) makes it an offense for any person who -- knowing or in reckless disregard of the fact that an alien has come to, entered, or remains in the United States in violation of law, conceals harbors, or shields from detection, or attempts to conceal, harbor, or shield from detection, such alien in any place, including any building or any means of transportation.
Encouraging/Inducing -- Subsection 1324(a)(1)(A)(iv) makes it an offense for any person who -- encourages or induces an alien to come to, enter, or reside in the United States, knowing or in reckless disregard of the fact that such coming to, entry, or residence is or will be in violation of law.
Conspiracy/Aiding or Abetting -- Subsection 1324(a)(1)(A)(v) expressly makes it an offense to engage in a conspiracy to commit or aid or abet the commission of the foregoing offenses.
Penalties: With regard to violations of 8 U.S.C. § 1324(a)(1)(ii)-(iv) and (v)(ii), domestic transportation, harboring, encouraging/inducing, or aiding/abetting, the basic statutory maximum term of imprisonment is 5 years, unless the offense was committed for commercial advantage or private financial gain, in which case the maximum term of imprisonment is 10 years.
We even have at least one candidate for POTUS nomination, who has publicly endorsed this violation of law. I invite somebody...anybody.....to tell me why the political elite are not subject to the penalties of violating statute law, as is the private citizen?
Topic h/t to Always On Watch