Acting as a “sanctuary city” for illegal immigrants, New York City released 440 “dangerous” criminal offenders sought for deportation over just three months this year, according to a new review.
Significantly, the review found, 10 percent of the released offenders went on to commit more crime, the Washington Examiner reported.
The federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s report said that from January to mid-April, “nearly 40 individuals who were released from custody, reoffended and were again arrested for crimes by local law enforcement officers.”
More than 300 communities have adopted sanctuary city policies in the United States, including the state of California.
Last week, the San Diego Union-Tribune reported that in the first four and a half months of California’s sanctuary law, the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department released 349 people who were wanted by immigration officials without alerting the federal agency responsible for deportations.
That amounted to a little more than half of the 605 people the agency requested, according to a spokeswoman for the Sheriff’s Department.
ICE officials, WND reported in December, have pointed out that since 2014, 10,000 criminal aliens released by sanctuary policies subsequently committed new crimes after their release.
ICE has said it has no choice but to continue to conduct at-large arrests in local neighborhoods and at worksites, “wasting valuable resources on criminal aliens who could be securely turned over to ICE custody at jails and prisons,” Scott Mechowski, an ICE official in New York, told the Washington Examiner.
The agency released a statement Monday saying sanctuary policies also pose increased risks for law enforcement and the public.
WND has reported the Trump administration is considering criminal charges against local officials who don’t fully cooperate with federal immigration authorities.
Democratic Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti has insisted he’s “not scared at all,” calling the crackdown “a weak and pathetic move.”
Last month, Carlsbad became the latest of more than a dozen cities in California that have officially rejected the state’s sanctuary law.