(NationalSentinel) If ever there was a need for a strong president to aggressively oppose and reign in local leaders of so-called “sanctuary cities,” it’s now: A new report lays bare just how out-of-control this has gotten after eight years of lax immigration enforcement by the Obama administration.
As reported by the Washington Examiner, a new analysis by the Center for Immigration Studies found that the number of sanctuary cities has risen to about 300, and that collectively, those cities shielded around 17,000 criminal illegal aliens from federal immigration authorities who sought to deport them.
“Over the 19-month period from January 1, 2014, to September 30, 2015, more than 17,000 detainers were rejected by these jurisdictions. Of these, about 11,800 detainers, or 68 percent, were issued for individuals with a prior criminal history,” the report noted.
“Detainers” are requests from Immigration and Customs Enforcement to city and county law enforcement to hold a suspected illegal criminal for federal arrest, the Washington Examiner noted. Cities around the country, from Washington, D.C., to San Francisco, refuse the detainers, claiming that it’s unfair to remove illegal immigrants.
In several cases, however, the illegals that cities let go commit horrible crimes including murder, rape, robbery and assaults against American citizens.
CIS Policy Director Jessica Vaughan explained the issue in a recent post that accompanied her map of sanctuaries:
These cities, counties, and states have laws, ordinances, regulations, resolutions, policies, or other practices that obstruct immigrationenforcement and shield criminals from ICE — either by refusing to or prohibiting agencies from complying with ICE detainers, imposing unreasonable conditions on detainer acceptance, denying ICE access to interview incarcerated aliens, or otherwise impeding communication or information exchanges between their personnel and federal immigration officers.
A detainer is the primary tool used by ICE to gain custody of criminal aliens for deportation. It is a notice to another law enforcement agency that ICE intends to assume custody of an alien and includes information on the alien’s previous criminal history, immigrationviolations, and potential threat to public safety or security.
Trump put more pressure on the law-breaking jurisdictions on Wednesday, signing several executive actions that will put the onus directly on sanctuary city officials. As reported by The American Mirror:
In order to better inform Americans about the impact illegal aliens are having on crime rates in sanctuary cities, President Donald Trump today ordered the Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security to publish a weekly list of crimes committed by illegals.
The order directs Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly to be transparent with the American people.
“To better inform the public regarding the public safety threats associated with sanctuary jurisdictions, the Secretary shall utilize the Declined Detainer Outcome Report or its equivalent and, on a weekly basis, make public a comprehensive list of criminal actions committed by aliens and any jurisdiction that ignored or otherwise failed to honor any detainers with respect to such aliens,” the order reads.
It also directs that federal funds be withheld from cities that do not comply with federal immigration officials. If that doesn’t work, expect Trump’s next move to be the dispatch of federal immigration officials to non-compliant cities.