The data is in on the sanctuary city debate, and it’s everything conservatives have said for ages — and more!
Given that the majority of the nations illegal immigrants are harbored in sanctuary cities, Trump has rightfully made cracking down on their decision to ignore federal immigration law a pivotal piece of his agenda.
Those defending the existence of sanctuary cities will often try to make the case that it’s for everyone’s good. After all, wouldn’t an illegal alien who witnessed a crime be afraid to report it if he was worried that his immigration status could be revealed? Granted, sanctuary status does solve that problem — it’s just not a big enough problem to offset the host of other problems a sanctuary city designation brings.
According to WND’s Alicia Powe:
Sanctuary cities do, indeed, experience higher crime rates than do non-sanctuary cities, an in-depth WND analysis of the most recent study of the question reveals.
An August 2016 study of the relationship between “sanctuary city” policies and crime rates shows that cities refusing to cooperate with federal immigration authorities consistently have significantly higher violent crimes rates than do non-sanctuary cities with similar populations and demographics, WND has found.
The study, published last fall by researchers from the University of California-Riverside and Highline College in Des Moines, Washington, is frequently cited by proponents of “sanctuary cities” who ignore or downplay one important detail – the actual crime statistics of the carefully selected cities chosen for the comparison model.
Their report buries the actual statistics. The statistics show, from 2000 through 2014, sanctuary cities have had higher crime rates than non-sanctuary cities, with the disparity growing over time.
The researchers examined 54 cities in 19 states, plus the District of Columbia – cities listed by the National Immigration Law Center that implemented sanctuary ordinances post-9/11, during or after 2002. Using city-level crime data compiled by the FBI, they assessed crime rates at the city level immediately following the implementation of a sanctuary policy.
They then matched each sanctuary city to a similarly situated non-sanctuary city – based on relevant census and political variables, creating a scenario where the two cities are as similar as possible with the exception of the sanctuary policy. The researchers claim, in conclusion, that their study shows designating a city as a sanctuary has no statistically significant effect on crime.
Data gathered in the study, however, overwhelmingly contradict the conclusions of the authors.
Violent crime rates are, in fact, drastically higher in sanctuary cities than their non-sanctuary counterparts, as is evidenced by the chart the authors used to delineate their conclusion.
While the three assert that violent crime is only “slightly higher in sanctuary cities than non-sanctuary cities,” the very chart the researchers used to delineate their claim shows something else entirely – consistent, significant and growing crime rate differentials between sanctuary cities and non-sanctuary cities.
The violent crime rate in sanctuary cities, as indicated above, dramatically increased after sanctuary city policy was enacted, and even doubled in some cases. The researchers found “similar results for property crime and rape.”
And what of the argument that only illegal immigrants in sanctuary cities will be able to cooperate with law enforcement? Unfortunately for the pro-sanctuary side, this is just a hypothetical. There’s no data collected showing that illegal immigrants are offering a helping hand in preventing and fighting crime in sanctuary cities. While there’s no evidence showing that illegals in sanctuary cities aid law enforcement, there is data showing that criminal aliens being released from sanctuary jurisdictions commit more crimes when they get out than non-illegals (who were previously jailed).
According to the Department of Homeland Security, from January 2014 to August 2014, more than 8,145 aliens were released from jail after arrest after their respective jurisdictions declined an immigration detainer request from Immigration and Customs Enforcement. Sixty-two percent of them had a prior criminal record, and 3,000 of them were felons. Of the 8,145 individuals released, 1,867 were subsequently re-arrested a total of 4,298 times and accumulated a staggering 7,491 charges. The Government Accountability Office released a report on April 7, 2005, that found criminal aliens comprise about 27 percent of federal prisoners.
The cost of being a sanctuary city seems obvious, and yet the overwhelming majority are standing firm against the Trump administration, despite the collective $27 billion in federal funding they receive being at risk. Are sanctuary city mayors crazy, or just gluttons for punishment?
[Note: This post was written by Matt Palumbo. Follow him on Twitter @MattPalumbo12]