Even though most Americans strongly oppose the practice, a growing number of cities across the country are being pressured by left-wing groups and politicans to create so-called “sanctuaries” for illegal aliens.
Those jurisdictions provide sanctuary by prohibiting their local police departments from helping federal authorities enforce federal immigration laws. As a result, many illegal aliens who commit crimes are released into the U.S. population after serving their sentences instead of being deported.
A new report shows sanctuary jurisdictions growing at an alarming rate. The Ohio Jobs and Justice Political Action Committee (OJJ) says there are now nearly 500 sanctuary cities. The group has been tracking sanctuary cities for more than 10 years.
The report said sanctuary cities grew to nearly 500 with the addition of 36 new locales in 2017, The Washington Times reported. Previous reports by other organizations have listed sanctuary jurisdictions at around 300.
“More will be coming,” Steve Salvi, founder of OJJ told the Washington Times. “A lot of communities now, there’s resolutions in the works and citizens groups encouraging city councils to pass them.”
A Harvard-Harris Poll released in February revealed that about 80 percent of American voters disapprove of sanctuary cities. More than 50 percent support President Donald Trump’s executive order calling for denying federal grants to sanctuary cities.
“The public wants honest immigrants treated fairly and those who commit crimes deported and that’s very clear from the data,” said Harvard-Harris Co-Director Mark Penn.
Asked about the growing list of sanctuaries, White House press secretary Sean Spicer said last week that President Trump stands by his promise to deny taxpayer money to those cities and counties.
But he said it’s probably going to be up to local voters to force changes on their city and county politicians.
“At the end of the day, this is a question for mayors and council members at the local level who have to answer to the people that elected them with clearly a position that is not in keeping with what most Americans believe,” Mr. Spicer said.
The OJJ list is longer than several others that also track sanctuaries, and a number of counties and cities on the list dispute being included.
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, the agency that handles deportations, says 279 municipalities refused to cooperate on at least one immigration case in fiscal year 2016.
Many Americans have been raped, killed, or robbed by illegal aliens who should have been deported but were freed by sanctuary cities. As a candidate, President Trump showcased the many victims of illegal aliens during his campaign.