Jordan Candler / Jul. 15, 2015

Sanctuary Cities Shield Thousands of Felonious Illegal Immigrants

The recent murder of Kathryn Steinle by felon and serial-deportee Fransisco Sanchez in San Francisco elucidated a little-known policy that allows illegal aliens to skirt immigration enforcement measures. Cities like San Francisco that adopt such policies typically don’t necessarily seek out undocumented immigrants, but they also don’t enforce deportation, which yields the same result. And it’s a much bigger problem than we’re led to believe. Citing a 2014 government report provided under a Freedom of Information Act request, Jessica Vaughan, director of policy studies at the Center for Immigration Studies, drops this bombshell revelation: “State and local sanctuary policies caused the release of more than 8,000 criminal alien offenders sought by ICE for deportation in 276 jurisdictions around the country over an eight-month period [January 1, 2014, to August 31, 2014], according to ICE records obtained by the Center for Immigration Studies in a FOIA request. Sixty-three percent of the individuals freed by local authorities had prior criminal histories or were labeled a public safety concern at the time of their release. Nearly 1,900 of the released offenders subsequently were arrested for another crime within that eight-month period. ICE arrested approximately 750 of the recidivists, but just over 1,000 (60 percent) remained at large.” These 8,000 criminal aliens — and thousands more since then — were allowed back onto our streets because one party cares more about votes than security. Americans like Kathryn Steinle shouldn’t pay the ultimate price for Democrats’ vote-buying schemes.

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