Sanctuary Cities Like Chicago Harbor Criminals
By Mark Krikorian
The Chicago Sun-Times, October 11, 2015
Dennis McCann was killed in 2011 by an alleged drunken
driver in Chicago. The man charged, Saul Chavez, was an illegal alien with a prior felony who had never been reported to Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
This time ICE was alerted and requested custody, but because of Cook County’s sanctuary policies to shield criminals from deportation, Chavez escaped punishment by posting bail and running off.
Congress has allowed sanctuary jurisdictions like Cook County to nullify federal immigration law for far too long. Sanctuary policies put our communities in danger and must be stopped.
Information obtained by the Center for Immigration Studies
from ICE shows that the number of sanctuary jurisdictions
has grown to 340, and each month they have been releasing
about 1,000 criminal aliens whom ICE wanted to take into
custody. Most of these people had significant prior criminal
histories or other public safety concerns even before the
arrest that led to the ICE request. A large number have been
subsequently re-arrested for new crimes – crimes they
would not have been able to commit had they been deported.
This is not a problem that is going to fix itself. Nor is President Obama going to take steps to rein in these rogue jurisdictions. In fact, the administration’s new Priority Enforcement Program, known by the faintly comical acronym PEP, explicitly allows jurisdictions to obstruct immigration enforcement.
That’s why action by Congress is needed. Legislation introduced by Sen. David Vitter (R-La.) takes a balanced approach to curbing this dangerous practice. First, it would withhold certain federal funds from sanctuary jurisdictions. There’s no reason cities, counties, or states that subvert federal law should be subsidized by the federal treasury.
The bill also would protect from predatory lawsuits the vast majority of sheriffs and police chiefs who understand that cooperation with ICE is essential to public safety. The Obama administration has actually made it easier for the ACLU and others to sue cooperative sheriffs and police if ICE makes a mistake. Local law enforcement must be accountable for its own actions, but not for errors by the feds.
Without disincentives, diehard sanctuary jurisdictions like Cook County will not change their irresponsible policies. Congress should act to preserve the integrity of federal immigration law.
Sanctuary Cities Ignore ICE Orders to Free 9,295 Criminal Aliens
Judicial Watch Corruption Chronicles, October 13, 2015
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If it passes federal funding will be withheld from sanctuary states or cities that fail to comply with Department of Homeland Security (DHS) issued detainer requests for illegal aliens. The money would be redirected to states and localities that follow the law. “There is absolutely no reason that any U.S. city should be allowed to ignore our nation’s immigration laws and provide a safe harbor for illegal immigrants,” said Louisiana Senator David Vitter, in a statement introducing the measure this month. Illegal immigrants have committed other murders and terrible acts of violence across the U.S. since the San Francisco incident that drew national attention, Vitter said.
That’s because in less than a year 340 sanctuary cities, counties and states around the U.S. released 9,295 alien offenders that Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) was seeking to deport. More than half had significant prior criminal histories and 600 were released at least twice by jurisdictions that protect criminal aliens from deportation by refusing to comply with ICE detainers. The figures were made public recently by the Center for Immigration Studies (CIS), a nonprofit dedicated to researching the consequences of legal and illegal immigration into the United States.
Of the illegal immigrants released into unsuspecting communities, 58% had prior felony charges or convictions and 37% had serious prior misdemeanor charges, the CIS probe found. An astounding 2,320 of the freed offenders were subsequently arrested within the eight-month time period studied for new crimes. Here’s an enraging example included in the CIS document: Victor Aureliano Hernandez Ramirez, arrested in July 2015 for raping and bludgeoning a 64-year-old California woman who died eight days later. Ramirez had been arrested for battery a year earlier but the county sheriff blew off an ICE detainer that would have deported him in accordance with California’s state sanctuary law.
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