The Problem With Sanctuary Cities
Violating federal immigration law is a crime, but if you go to a sanctuary city, you wouldn’t know it. Sanctuary cities act as safe-spaces for those who choose to enter our country illegally, because the leaders of these cities have chosen not to cooperate with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). There isn’t a legitimate reason for doing this, other than for political gain, yet city leaders push forward allowing for the overt violation of federal law.
So, not shockingly, in these cities where the violation of federal law is accepted with open arms, federal immigration data reveals there is a high rate of illegal crime and a high rate of recidivism.
According to Breitbart News,
Up to 80 percent of criminal illegal aliens who are released by sanctuary jurisdictions across the United States will commit additional crimes and victimize more Americans, federal immigration data reveals.
During a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) official Timothy Robbins said that anywhere between 40 to 80 percent of criminal illegal aliens who are released by sanctuary jurisdictions go on to commit more crime.
“When aliens walk out the front of the jail that could have been handed over to Immigration and Customs Enforcement for removal proceedings, they have the opportunity to commit additional crimes,” Robbins said. “What we’ve seen, and depending on the report you look at, anywhere from 40 to 80 percent of those who have committed crimes will re-offend.”
“In that regard, what we’re seeing is crimes that could be preventable, the human cost who are being victimized and hurt by criminal aliens that ICE had the ability to remove from this country,” Robbins said.
The data indicates that up to 80 percent of crimes committed be sanctuary-freed illegal aliens could have been prevented if those suspects had been turned over to ICE for arrest and deportation.
Up to 80 percent of criminal illegal aliens that are released in sanctuary cities, end up back in jail. This definitively proves that failing to enforce our federal immigration laws puts American citizens at risk. It’s a risk that is completely avoidable, if these cities would just do the right thing and cooperate with ICE.