Robert Gehl reports that a new report pours cold water all over leftist contentions that sanctuary cities don’t increase crime because they only protect non-violent illegal immigrants.
That’s been their argument: That their policies banning cooperation with federal authorities on detainer requests don’t do much harm because they’re only protecting illegal aliens who commit such minor infractions like jaywalking and speeding.
But that’s just not true,
The latest “Weekly Declined Detainer” report issued by Immigration and Customs Enforcement shows that many of these cities and counties that provide sanctuary release violent criminals, including those convicted of sexual assault and domestic battery.
During that week, the report lists 47 declined detainer requests from 24 jurisdictions across the country.
Half of those declined requests were in New York City. Some of the crimes the illegal immigrants who were released were charged or convicted of include sexual assault, assault, burglary and larceny.
There were six in the state of Virginia and five in Washington State. In both those states, they released illegal aliens with convictions for assault, DUI and domestic violence, The Daily Caller is reporting.
This week, Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced that the Department of Justice would withhold federal grant money from sanctuary jurisdictions. President Donald Trump’s January executive order on interior immigration enforcement, which is now facing legal challenges from Seattle and San Francisco, instructed the attorney general to “ensure that jurisdictions that willfully refuse to comply with 8 U.S.C. 1373 (sanctuary jurisdictions) are not eligible to receive Federal grants.”
In that week alone, there were 2,285 ICE detainer requests across the country. Of those, almost 25 percent were sent to jurisdictions that are “sanctuary cities” and routinely release criminal illegal aliens. Those ten counties are:
- Los Angeles, California
- New York, New York
- Kern, California
- Clark, Nevada
- San Diego, California
- Orange, California
- San Bernardino, California
- Santa Barbara, California
- Travis, Texas
- King, Washington
“Consistent with these counties’ policies, ICE expects these detainers to reflect as declined in … future weekly reports,” the report said.