Sanctuary cities continue to be a festering public-safety problem throughout the country with about 300 identified by ICE as having a policy that is non-cooperative and obstructs immigration enforcement, the Center for Immigration Studies reported Wednesday.
That’s about the same number since CIS’ last update in January 2016, as some new sanctuary cities have been added and a few have reversed their sanctuary policies.
CIS published a newly updated interactive map showing all 300 sanctuary cities. (See the cities listed at end of this article.) These are in addition to four whole states – California, Connecticut, New Mexico, Colorado – that remain sanctuary states.
Fifteen states have zero sanctuary cities – Alabama, North Carolina, South Carolina, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Ohio, Oklahoma, Idaho, Indiana, Utah, West Virginia, Wyoming and South Dakota.
Georgia, Maine and Wisconsin have only one each. But states such as California, Oregon, Iowa and Washington state give criminal illegals their pick of dozens of cities offering safe haven from deportation.
The GOP-controlled Congress passed on its most recent opportunity to defund federal grants to sanctuary cities when it passed the $1.1 trillion omnibus bill in December.
Over the 19-month period from Jan. 1, 2014, to Sept. 30, 2015, more than 17,000 detainers were rejected by these jurisdictions. Of these, about 11,800 detainers, or 68 percent, were issued for illegal immigrants with a criminal record.
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 take custody of an alien and includes information on the alien’s previous criminal history, immigration violations and potential threat to public safety or security.
Since the Obama administration implemented its new priority enforcement program in July 2015 restricting ICE’s use of detainers, the number of rejected detainers has declined, but the number of detainers issued has also declined, the report said, citing ICE statistics.
“So it is not clear if the new policies are a factor,” writes Jessica Vaughan, author of the new CIS report. “It is apparent that most of the sanctuary policies remain in place, raising concerns that the Priority Enforcement Program has failed as a response to the sanctuary problem, and has simply resulted in fewer criminal aliens being deported.”
The horrendous outcomes of sanctuary cities have been well documented, from the death of Kate Steinle, the 32-year-old woman shot to death by a criminal illegal alien on the pier in San Francisco last summer to the case of Francisco Chavez, who was released by a sanctuary county and then allegedly abused a 2-year-old girl.
The Department of Justice’s Inspector General recently found that some of the sanctuary jurisdictions appear to be violating federal law, and may face debarment from certain federal funding or other consequences.
The sanctuary jurisdictions are listed below. These cities, counties and states have laws, regulations, resolutions, policies or other practices that obstruct immigration enforcement 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 jailed aliens, or otherwise impeding communication or information exchanges between their personnel and federal immigration officers.
California, Connecticut, New Mexico, Colorado
Cities and Counties
California (in addition to all counties)
Contra Costa County
Los Angeles County
Orange County (Sheriff and Probation Department)
San Bernardino County
San Diego County
San Francisco County
San Mateo County
Santa Clara County
Santa Cruz County
Colorado (in addition to all counties)
Aurora Detention Center
San Miguel County
New Haven County
New London County
Palm Beach County
(Editor’s Note: According to new information provided to the Center by elected Kenton County Jailer Terry W. Carl, Kenton County complies with all ICE detainers and requests and is fully cooperative with ICE.)
(Editor’s Note: According to new information provided to the Center, Lafayette Parish now complies with all ICE detainers and requests and is fully cooperative with ICE.)
Prince George’s County
New Mexico (in addition to all counties)
Dona Ana County
Rio Arriba County
San Miguel County
Santa Fe County
New York City
St. Lawrence County
North Dakota State Penitentiary
South West Multiple County Corrections Center
Hood River County
Oregon State Correctional Institution
Springfield Police Department
Rhode Island Department of Corrections
Baker County It’s in Oregon I’ve already added it there
South Correctional Entity (SCORE) Jail, King County
Walla Walla County
Washington State Corrections