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Aug 28, 2015

Donald Trump has made immigration the popular - and populist - issue in the Republican presidential primary race, and other Republicans are following his lead.

On this edition of the Watchdog Podcast, hosts Eric Boehm and Will Swaim take a look at some recent comments made by Republican governors about one key aspect of the immigration debate: what to do about sanctuary cities.

Sanctuary cities generally include the largest cities in America, as you'd expect -- LA, New York, Houston, Dallas, Chicago, San Francisco, as well as a couple of hundred smaller towns and cities.  They typically bar local employees (including law enforcement) from cooperating with federal officials to deport illegal immigrants.

They boomed in the 1980s as wars in Central America sent tens of thousands into the U.S. NAFTA produced a second boom, this time many Mexicans, in the 1990s. And Mexico's drug war generated yet another boom in migration into the 2000s.

But after an illegal immigrant killed a young woman in San Francisco earlier this year, there have been calls from Republicans for a federal crackdown against these cities that are seemingly ignoring federal immigration laws.

Some Republican presidential candidates say they would cut-off federal funding from sanctuary cities, while others say they would use federal law enforcement to arrest local officials for aiding and abetting illegal immigrants.

But is the use of federal power the best way to solve this problem?

Also on this week's show: Andy Johnson, a Wyoming rancher, is taking the Environmental Protection Agency to federal court, asking a judge to stop the agency from fining him more than $16 million because he built a small pond on his property.

Jonathan Wood, an attorney with the Pacific Legal Foundation, joins us to talk about the EPA's overreach and why his organization is helping Johnson take on the federal government.

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