Sanctuary city policies are a threat to decent people

Sanctuary city policies are a threat to decent people
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Anarchy is a state of civil ruin created by a refusal to recognize legitimate governance. The breakdown of rule of law is often caused by a rise in crime and a failure to control it.

Based on the increasing regularity of reports on shootings, stabbings, rapes and human trafficking committed by criminal illegal aliens and the refusal of “sanctuary” jurisdictions to restrain it, Americans are justifiably worried about personal and community safety; their comfort resides in the U.S. Constitution.

Article I unequivocally provides the federal government with sole power to “establish Naturalization.” Article 4 further reads, "The United States shall protect [States] against Invasion; and … domestic Violence.” 

As sanctuary states and jurisdictions illegitimately usurp lawful power from the federal government, the last thing they are doing is protecting against “domestic Violence.” Instead, they are overtly allowing it and tacitly encouraging it.


Responsibility for locating and removing individuals illegally in our country rests with the Department of Homeland Security’s Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE.) Under ICE’s federal 287(g) Program, it has authority to partner with state and local law agencies for assistance with immigration enforcement.

However, power for such enforcement does not lie with states or cities. They cannot opt out of federal immigration laws any more than they can opt out of federal discrimination laws. 

Yet irresponsible sanctuary rules don’t just prevent federal law enforcement from removing criminals from our midst, they also block local law enforcement officers from their primary duty to keep the public safe.

Sanctuary proponents claim illegal immigrants do not commit most crimes. This is not only a specious argument, but it does it even really matter? How many murder or sexual assault victims are enough to persuade liberal politicians that sanctuary is a bad idea? One, ten, a thousand? 

Each crime committed by an illegal alien has the unique characteristic of being fully preventable. As former Attorney General Jeff SessionsJefferson (Jeff) Beauregard SessionsTrump's policies on refugees are as simple as ABCs Ocasio-Cortez, Velázquez call for convention to decide Puerto Rico status White House officials voted by show of hands on 2018 family separations: report MORE noted in 2018; “the illegal immigrant crime rate in this country should be zero.” Sanctuary supporters make deflective arguments. Statistics and heartbreak prove the danger of rogue orders for local law enforcement to ignore lawful ICE directives to remove dangerous illegal immigrants.    


A recent report from the Department of Justice found that in 2017, there were 105,200 non-citizens in federal or state prisons, each costing American workers more than $36K per inmate per year, not including thousands being held in on-going court cases. Most state data make it difficult to discern how many prisoners are here illegally vs. legal non-citizens, but the self-evident answer is “a lot.” 

Texas keeps accurate records and has reported that between 2010 and 2019, illegal aliens were charged with thousands of property crimes, 586 homicides and 8,972 sexual assaults. These represent more than 500 grieving families and nearly 9,000 traumatized victims in one state alone.

During a forty-five-day period in 2019 in the sanctuary county of Montgomery, Maryland, nine illegal immigrants were charged with multiple sexual assaults. In the case of one alleged violent rape by an illegal immigrant, County Executive Marc Erich instructed jailers to let ICE know if the accused made bond but not delay his release so ICE could detain him.  

An illegal alien accused of sexually assaulting a 12-year-old girl and her younger brother told police the assault was “a cultural joke common in El Salvador.” In that case, Montgomery District Judge Patricia Mitchell issued the accused a $15,000 no-cash-down bond.

An illegal immigrant in Seattle raped a wheelchair bound woman in 2018 and served nine months. Upon his 2019 release, Judge Nicole Gaines Phelps ordered him back to Mexico but refused to report the release to ICE, deliberately preventing his deportation proceeding. This predator returned to the home of the disabled woman, raping and beating her again, in front of her child.

Sanctuary policy is a proven threat to decent people. Despite high media visibility of many criminal illegal alien victims — Kate SteinleMollie TibbettsDeputy Ryan Thompson — it seems no victim list is long enough to bring sanctuary proponents to their senses.

Even today, the prescience of the Founders is evident. They could not foresee an influx of more than 11 million people illegally breaching our sovereign borders, yet they made provision for this flagrant violation in the documents that guide and define our union of fifty states and a federal government. 

President TrumpDonald John TrumpHR McMaster says president's policy to withdraw troops from Afghanistan is 'unwise' Cast of 'Parks and Rec' reunite for virtual town hall to address Wisconsin voters Biden says Trump should step down over coronavirus response MORE has acknowledged this crisis and taken corrective action through executive orders and requests to Congress. The White House is calling for “an immigration system that serves the national interest”— and idea that sanctuary jurisdictions reject. 

It is time for even the most liberal of citizens residing in sanctuary areas to publicly challenge this deadly doctrine that elevates criminal illegal immigrants over legal residents and could bring anarchy to our doorsteps. 

Ambassador Ken Blackwell is a senior fellow at the American Civil Rights Union (ACRU) and a member of its Policy Board. He is a Former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Human Rights Commission and former Secretary of State for Ohio.