Crime & the Illegal Alien 2004: Sanctuary Cities and Where We Are 11 Years Later

By Heather Mac Donald in June 2004

“Some of the most violent criminals at large today are illegal aliens.  Yet in cities where crime from these lawbreakers is highest, the police cannot use the most obvious tool to apprehend them: their immigration status.  In Los Angeles, for example, dozens of gang members from a ruthless Salvadoran prison gang have snuck back into town after having been deported for such crimes as murder, shootings, and drug trafficking.  Police officers know who they are and know that their mere presence in the country is a felony.  Yet should an LAPD officer arrest an illegal gangbanger for felonious reentry, it is the officer who will be treated as a criminal by his own department — for violating the LAPD’s rule against enforcing immigration law.

The LAPD’s ban on immigration enforcement is replicated in immigrant-heavy localities across the country — in New York, Chicago, Austin, San Diego, and Houston, for example.  These so-called “sanctuary policies” generally prohibit a city’s employees, including the police, from reporting immigration violations to federal authorities.”

Read More: Jun 2004: Crime & the Illegal Alien: The Fallout from Crippled Immigration Enforcement

11 Years Later, It’s SO MUCH WORSE.  MUCH, MUCH WORSE!


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