GOP presidential candidate Ben Carson said on Tuesday that he opposes “sanctuary cities” and the protections they offer illegal immigrants.
Carson criticized cities for not cooperating with federal authorities on deportations, according to The Boston Herald.
“No sanctuary cities,” Carson responded when asked about the policy during an event at the Bedford Village Inn in Bedford, N.H.
Carson’s remarks follow a fatal shooting last week in San Francisco that allegedly involved an undocumented immigrant.
Juan Francisco Lopez-Sanchez, 45, pleaded not guilty at his arraignment Tuesday to killing Kathryn Steinle, 32, on the evening of July 1.
Carson argued the same day that “sanctuary cities” like San Francisco endanger their citizens by helping criminals like Lopez-Sanchez evade justice.
Lopez-Sanchez, who was in the country illegally, had reportedly been deported to his native Mexico five times amid seven prior felony convictions.
He was released from jail four months ago instead of being transferred into federal immigration officials’ custody, under San Francisco city policies.
“You have to turn off the spigot that dispenses the goodies,” Carson said of lenient illegal immigration policies.
“If there’s nothing for them to come here for, they’re not going to risk coming in here,” he added.
Carson additionally said on Tuesday that fellow GOP presidential candidate Donald TrumpDonald TrumpGermany’s Merkel says she has ‘good working relationship’ with Trump Sharpton confronts Omarosa at conference 100-day standard is 'ridiculous' to Trump because he's failed it MORE’s rhetoric on illegal immigration is not surprising.
Trump, a New York business mogul, has faced national outrage over his harsh criticism of undocumented immigrants last month.
“[They were] perhaps a little inflammatory,” Carson said of Trump’s remarks.
“He is who he is,” he added. “Could you imagine a Donald Trump who’s, like, nice, mild-mannered and says everything in a peaceful — it wouldn’t be Donald Trump.”
Trump blasted violent crime linked to illegal immigration during his 2016 campaign launch on June 16 in New York.
“They’re sending people who have a lot of problems,” he said.
“They’re bringing drugs. They’re bringing crime. They’re rapists,” Trump added. “And some, I assume, are good people.”
Trump has cited Lopez-Sanchez’s alleged actions as proof America needs more border security.
“This senseless and utterly deplorable act of violence committed by an illegal immigrant is yet another example of why we must secure our border immediately,” he said on July 3.