The City of Jackson wised up and eliminated the restriction that city employees had to live in the city. It took a shortage of police to make it happen. In this day and age of low unemployment and a shortage of skilled workers, dictating the residency of employees was impractical. It made good politics but bad policy.
Likewise, the city needs to wise up and repeal the city ordinance forbidding Jackson city police from asking for proof of U.S. citizenship during their law enforcement activities. The federal Justice Department has sent Jackson and 28 other “sanctuary cities” a warning letter that this ordinance violates federal law requiring local governments not to interfere with federal law enforcement.
“Jurisdictions that adopt so-called ‘sanctuary policies’ also adopt the view that the protection of criminal aliens is more important than the protection of law-abiding citizens and of the rule of law,” said Attorney General Jeff Sessions.
Sessions advised all locations that could be breaking the law to reconsider their policies that undermine the safety of their residents.
"We urge jurisdictions to not only comply with the law, but also to establish sensible and effective partnerships to properly process criminal aliens," Sessions said. The letters sent out remind the cities and states that, as a condition for receiving certain federal funding from the Department of Justice, each of these jurisdictions agreed to comply with the law.
The City of Jackson has enough problems without trying to usurp the federal government’s Constitutional right to enforce immigration policy. The city council needs to repeal this ordinance and concentrate on paving our roads, fixing our water and sewer problems and catching lawbreakers.