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Economist and actor Ben Stein ripped sanctuary cities, saying their position is akin to effectively seceding from the Union by openly violating federal immigration laws.

Stein said it is "absolutely clear cut" that the federal government has control over immigration policy despite rhetoric to the contrary from New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D), New York Mayor Bill de Blasio (D) and California Gov. Jerry Brown (D).

Stein said the only "excuse" he could come up with for the Democratic Party's support for DACA and illegal immigration is that they want to "bring in a big chunk of Democrat voters."

He said parts of Brown's and Cuomo's states appear to be "seceding from the Union" in that they are openly flouting federal law.

"We thumb our nose and give the middle finger to the federal government," he said, characterizing how sanctuary cities feel and how the South felt when those states formed the Confederacy.

In 1860, the South Carolina state legislature passed a resolution calling the election of Republican President Abraham Lincoln a "hostile act."

By the end of the year, the Palmetto State became the first to secede from the Union.

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