Immigration attorney Francisco Hernandez described sanctuary cities as "political fiction" and laughed when presented with a map of such cities throughout the United States during an appearance on Fox News Thursday night.
Ed Henry filled in as a guest host on "Tucker Carlson Tonight" and challenged the Forth Worth immigration attorney about his views on sanctuary cities.
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To start the interview, Henry asked Hernandez how he could believe that there are no sanctuary cities in America despite numerous mayors proclaiming their jurisdictions as such.
"It is fiction, political fiction," Hernandez replied. "The federal government can walk into any prison, jail, local authority and take anyone they want away."
Hernandez's argument centered around the belief that cities cannot protect illegal immigrants from federal enforcement organizations such as the Department of Homeland Security.
Following Hernandez's answer, Henry presented a map showing all of the sanctuary cities throughout the United States.
"You can put pins on the map. It doesn't matter," Hernandez said as the map was displayed.
"Local officials in those cities will not give the Department of Homeland Security this information about illegal aliens who have been arrested, and thus they are not deported and can commit crimes," Henry responded.
Hernandez started to laugh when delivering his response, which did not sit well with Henry.
"I don't know why you are laughing, because they commit crimes in America every day," Henry said of illegal immigrants.
"The federal government does not need the city's cooperation," Hernandez responded, again arguing that the federal government's authority trumps cities regarding immigration enforcement.
Hernandez then urged President Trump to work with the Republican Congress to pass immigration reform, which Trump listed as a priority during his August speech on immigration.