VIA| One of the biggest threats to our national security and economic prosperity is illegal immigration. President Trump has been tightening up border security, and allowing officials tasked with guarding our nation’s border to actually do their jobs.

One target Trump has set his sights on are sanctuary cities who step in the way of immigration officers to prevent them from sending illegals back home.

Much to the chagrin of leftists across the country, nearly two thirds of the states in America have decided to join Trump’s crackdown on these cities.

According to the Washington Examiner:

The Migration Policy Institute reports that 33 states have moved to choke off illegal immigration, led by Texas which OK’d a law to block cities from giving “sanctuary” to illegals.

“While Texas was the first state to pass a sweeping law focused on illegal immigration since the presidential election, at least 32 other states have introduced immigration enforcement bills,” said the Institute.

Trump has focused on deporting illegal immigrants with criminal records or who are facing criminal charges. He is also hoping to block refugees and immigrants from several countries with terrorist ties.

States, meanwhile, are looking mostly at restricting the ability of cities to become sanctuaries for illegals, even those with criminal records.

According to the National Conference of State Legislatures, as of May 8, 2017, 24 states were considering anti-sanctuary bills and four had passed such legislation during their 2017 legislative sessions, said the Institute.

“Georgia and Indiana enacted laws restricting post-secondary institutions from adopting sanctuary policies. Mississippi went a step further, prohibiting local jurisdictions and post-secondary institutions from adopting or maintaining sanctuary policies,” said the group.

We are a nation of laws, and anyone coming to America to be part of our country should come the right way, through the front door where invited, instead of trying to sneak through the window.

Places that provide protection for lawbreakers who have entered our country illegally should be punished for their actions, including the reduction of federal funding for its programs.

It’s well past time to nip this problem in the bud.