Asheville City Council member Cecil Bothwell's general concept of asserting municipal sovereignty over the laws enforced by municipal police [who are] paid by municipal taxpayers, is an extremely important and needed concept essential to the advancement of urban values, human-scale government, and decentralized power — so the legal/conventional arguments by Davis, etc., for municipal enforcement of state and federal outsider laws need to be opposed vigorously.
However, Bothwell's choice to start with immigration law was very unfortunate because there are thousands of far worse federal and state laws that need to be ignored first. Bothwell himself has mentioned that federal marijuana and unrefined-drug laws and state prostitution laws need to be ignored. Plus there are federal laws against partial birth-abortion, accompanying minors across state lines for abortions, unlicensed sale of morning-after pills, wasteful state building codes like eight-foot ceilings, Second Amendment infringements crushing the civilian/government balance of power, "flag desecration" laws … and thousands more that need careful examination in light of local and urban values.
However, Asheville and Buncombe should be asserting local sovereignty in the opposite direction when it comes to illegal aliens, and follow Hazleton, Pennsylvania's example of banning [the renting of housing] to them, because Buncombe schools just can't handle the potential [additional] kids, nor can Asheville house or supply water or jobs … even in massive, high-rise apartment blocks totally dwarfing the BB&T building.
The bottom line is that we can't save them and they can sink us. We can and should throw life rings, within our abilities, in the form of municipal foreign aid [for] contraception, which can lift the source nations out of the Third World rather than pulling ourselves into it, from where we won't be able to help anyone.
— Alan Ditmore