(National Sentinel) Immigration: If you needed more proof that today’s Republican Party differs little from the Democrats, you just got it.

Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner, a Republican the last time we checked, just signed a bill that effectively turns his financially crippled state into a sanctuary for illegal aliens.

As Fox News reported, the bill has left rank-and-file GOP’ers scratching their heads:

The Illinois TRUST Act — a bill that was passed by the state’s General Assembly in May — bans local law enforcement from stopping, arresting, searching or detaining anyone based solely on immigration status. More controversially, it bars local officials from detaining anyone solely on the basis of a federal immigration detainer, unless federal officials have a criminal warrant.

The governor’s office and other supporters say the law does not constitute a “sanctuary” policy; one provision makes clear that the TRUST Act does not prohibit communication between federal and local officials. 

“Illinois has been welcoming of immigrants for a long time, and this bill will continue that tradition,” Rauner said in a statement Monday. “It also makes clear that stopping violent crime will be law enforcement’s mission rather than working on federal prerogatives that a federal court has found illegal.”

Thanks for the clarification; a single federal judge is now making immigration law for the entire country; got it.

The one success the Trump administration has been able to notch is in the area of illegal immigration, simply by enforcing existing law. This complicates those efforts, and at a time when most Americans are cheering the administration’s progress.

“As the Attorney General has said, when cities and states refuse to help enforce immigration laws, our nation is less safe,” DOJ spokesman Devin O’Malley told Fox News. “Failure to deport aliens who are convicted for criminal offenses puts whole communities at risk – especially immigrant communities in the very sanctuary jurisdictions that seek to protect the perpetrators.”

How can we tell this really is a “sanctuary state” law? Because Illinois Democrats are happy it has been signed, especially the one was its principal sponsor.

“Immigrants in our community should not have to feel unsafe when they go to work or take their children to school,” Illinois Democratic Rep. Emanuel “Chris” Welch, who was the primary sponsor of the bill, said in a statement.

Earlier this month in an interview with the Fox News Channel, Rauner said what every liberal says about the U.S. immigration system — that it’s “broken.”

“We have to put priority on keeping the people of America safe and making sure that we have laws that we enforce and that the laws are rational and enforced everywhere,” Rauner said. “Immigration in America is broken. We make illegal immigration in America easy, and we make legal immigration almost impossible.”

If our immigration system truly is “broken,” it’s because it’s being undermined by politicians who pass laws like this one, making it difficult if not impossible to enforce federal immigration statutes.

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