Entertainer and outspoken libertarian Penn Jillette came out strongly for sanctuary cities in a passionate defense on HBO’s Real Time Friday night.
During the Overtime segment of the popular HBO show, host Bill Maher posed the question of sanctuary cities to California Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) and the rest of the panel.
Newsom began by saying he supports sanctuary cities that protect undocumented immigrants from federal authorities, before reminding the panel that former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani has also been a big supporter.
“The fact is, sanctuary cities keep people safer, they keep people healthier and they keep people educated,” Newsom claimed. “For three simple reasons; you’re more likely to coordinate and cooperate with the police as a victim of a crime or as someone who is a witness of crime. They are more likely to engage in sending their kids to school. And they are more likely to get an immunization shot.”
“Those are the pragmatic arguments, but there are also the moral arguments,” Jillette insisted. “We should let people into our country.”
Following Jillette’s comments Newsom engaged in a contentious discussion with conservative Amy Holmes over sheltering undocumented immigrants.
Watch the video below below via HBO: