Thursday, August 18, 2022

From the Big Apple to the City of Angels, America’s 10 Most Dangerous Sanctuary Cities

E. McGregor, P. Ratje, Y. Iwamura, M. Tama, Q. Weizhong/Getty; H. Daley/AP
New York City has long been considered America’s top big city in terms of population, economy and other factors. Now it has a new distinction as America’s Worst Sanctuary City, based on data compiled by the Immigration Reform Law Institute (IRLI).
The Big Apple was the second-worst sanctuary community in IRLI’s last such ranking in 2019. Since then, the city has doubled down on its dangerous sanctuary policies to earn the shameful top position.
These communities have earned their places on this list because of incredibly poor leadership at the city, county and state levels. Data overwhelmingly shows that sanctuary policies lead to more crime, fear and death. The leaders of these communities should not escape accountability for the damage they have caused. Their residents deserve much more.
“Sanctuary policies only provide sanctuary to criminals, not to immigrant communities,” said Tom Homan, IRLI senior fellow and former acting director of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). “Immigrant communities don’t want criminals in their neighborhoods either. Victims and witnesses of crime don’t want the offender back in their communities to seek revenge. All communities deserve protection from criminals but sanctuary policies put immigrant communities at greater risk of crime.”
Sanctuary communities refuse to cooperate with ICE to remove dangerous criminal aliens. They instead release criminal aliens, endangering people in the community, as well as the country at large. Because of its brazen defiance of federal immigration laws, sanctuary communities often attract other criminal aliens who make those communities more dangerous to other illegal aliens as well as legal residents.
The rankings for IRLI’s 2022 list of America’s Worst Sanctuary Communities and supporting information for each community are below.
1. New York City, New York

2. Los Angeles, California

3. Chicago, Illinois

4. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

5. San Francisco, California

6. Minneapolis, Minnesota

7. Seattle, Washington

8. Wake County, North Carolina

9. Middlesex County, New Jersey

10. Portland, Oregon
Photo by John Moore/Getty Images
#1 – New York, New York
Mayor: Eric Adams
Despite new mayor and former New York Police Department (NYPD) officer Eric Adams’s pledge to crack down on rampant crime, New York is paying a terrible price for former Mayor Bill de Blasio’s eight years of supporting radical sanctuary policies.
The New York City Council passed legislation this year granting noncitizens the right to vote in local elections. The bill was supported by the recently-inaugurated Adams. Despite his tough-on-crime rhetoric, Adams has supported New York’s sanctuary status and continued de Blasio’s pro-illegal alien policies.
A New York state court later struck down the noncitizen voting law, ruling that allowing noncitizens to vote violates the state constitution. The Immigration Reform Law Institute filed a brief with the court in opposition to the law.
ICE issued subpoenas in January 2020 to obtain information about criminal illegal aliens being shielded by New York City officials. The agency also announced in 2020 the arrests of 54 illegal aliens in the New York City area. Some of those arrested were charged with grievous crimes, including rape, sexual assault against a minor, and robbery, among other offenses.
In 2019, New York released more than 7,500 illegal aliens back into the streets, including some with murder and sex abuse convictions. In the same year, the city banned the legally correct term “illegal alien,” threatening fines of up to $250,000 for violators.
U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who represents New York’s 14th district in the city, has called for the abolishment of ICE and described border detention facilities as “concentration camps.”
#2- Los Angeles, California
Mayor: Eric Garcetti
Los Angeles has become a safe haven for criminals of all stripes since District Attorney George Gascon was sworn into office in late 2020. Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva said in an interview earlier this year that crime has become “profitable” under Gascon’s leadership.
“We’re having people [from] out of county, out of state, coming here to L.A. to do home invasion robberies, burglaries,” the sheriff said. “Foreign nationals [are] coming here to do burglaries.”
However, Villanueva also announced and supported a permanent ban on ICE transfers in 2020, saying that “There is no greater threat to public safety than a million undocumented immigrants who are afraid to report crime.”
If illegal aliens are afraid to report a crime, it is more because of scare tactics by anti-borders politicians than agency policies. Those here illegally who report a crime against them not only are not deported, they can also get special protective status. U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services offers a U visa as a set-aside for victims of certain crimes who have suffered abuse and then are helpful to law enforcement in an investigation.
Los Angeles County voted in 2020 to pay $14 million to illegal aliens who had previously been held in detention. Also that year, ICE lodged an immigration detainer on a Salvadoran national serving time for a murder conviction. The request was not honored, and Carlos Morales-Ramirez was released onto the streets, then convicted of second-degree murder.
Mayor Eric Garcetti released a video in 2019 promising to defy the Trump Administration and federal immigration authorities.
“I want you to know, you do not need to be afraid. Your city is on your side, and rest assured, here in Los Angeles we are not coordinating with ICE,” Garcetti said.
In fiscal year 2019, ICE wanted to arrest 11,000 illegal aliens in Los Angeles, but only five percent were turned over. The following year, a report from the Washington Examiner found that Los Angeles jails had refused to turn over more than 25,000 criminal illegal aliens.
“When a law enforcement agency fails to honor these immigration detainers and releases serious criminal offenders back onto the streets, it undermines our ability to protect public safety and carry out our national security mission,” Dave Marin, ICE’s ERO Los Angeles Field Office Director said.
ICE arrested a 40-year-old citizen of El Salvador in 2020 who had been released onto the streets despite being convicted of first-degree murder in 2009. In 2021 and 2022, 84.2 percent of illegal aliens ICE sought to remove from California were allowed to stay.
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