Skip to comments.Sanctuary state policies come at a cost
Posted on 01/03/2018 12:16:32 PM PST by Mark
Sanctuary state policies come at a cost
Consistent with campaign promises, the first year of Trumps presidency saw a noticeable uptick in immigration enforcement. Unfortunately, much of it was against noncriminal undocumented immigrants.
According to data released by the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agency last month, both arrests and deportations of undocumented immigrants without a criminal conviction increased significantly from prior years.
Of the 143,470 administrative arrests made in fiscal year 2017, more than one in four of those arrested did not have a criminal conviction, with 10.8 percent not having any criminal record at all. Notably, at-large arrests, those which occur in the community, increased significantly: From 30,348 in fiscal year 2016 to 40,066. Additionally, whereas just 5,014 of those deported from the interior of the country in 2016 were people without a criminal conviction, in 2017 that number jumped to 13,744, according to ICE.
The president has made it clear in his executive orders: Theres no population off the table, Thomas Homan, acting director of ICE explained at a Dec. 5 news conference. If youre in this country illegally, were looking for you and were going to look to apprehend you.
This seems like a poor use of federal resources. While the priority of immigration enforcement continues, rightly, to be on removing people who engage in criminal activity in the U.S., the increased enforcement against noncriminal immigrants seems less likely to yield tangible benefits to the American people.
Interestingly, Homan also pointed out that sanctuary jurisdictions, in attempting to curtail state and local cooperation with federal immigration officials, have actually made it more likely that arrests of noncriminals will occur.
Sanctuary policies limiting federal immigration authorities access to jails and prisons, according to Homan, are merely pushing ICE to step up at-large operations.
Chances are, when we go to their homes or places of business, were going to find other illegal aliens that werent even on our radar to begin with; now theyre on our radar, Homan said. Sanctuary cities protecting their communities? No. They put communities more at risk for more arrests.
At the very least, it is something that supporters of sanctuary policies should consider, especially in California, where Senate Bill 54 was recently enacted to limit state cooperation with federal immigration officials. The law, which was built up over the course of a year primarily as a show of some California lawmakers resistance to the Trump administration, could end up putting many noncriminal undocumented immigrants at risk of being caught up in immigration enforcement efforts.
That would be the sort of unintended consequence that on balance would benefit no one; those in support of creating a pathway for noncriminal undocumented immigrants to stay and those who want the focus to be on criminals alike would have their wishes thwarted for little more than political gamesmanship.
While Congress sorts out its game of chicken on immigration, particularly DACA and the border wall, close attention should be paid to the effects of sanctuary policies on eliciting greater enforcement against noncriminals. We also encourage prioritizing serious and violent criminals for immigration enforcement efforts.
A Big thank you, California, San Francisco, Los Angeles! ICE is doing much better in enforcing the law.
If they are in this country illegally, they are criminals.
“much of it was against noncriminal undocumented immigrants”
being in the UsofA undocumented is illegal which means it’s a crime = criminal.
Sadly, the absurdity of that statement will fly right over the heads of more people than one cares to imagine.
So if 10.8% did not have a criminal record at all, the math lets us know that 89.2% did have a criminal record.
Of the 143,470 administrative arrests made in fiscal year 2017, more than one in four of those arrested did not have a criminal conviction, with 10.8 percent not having any criminal record at all.
Played the other way: Almost three out of four of them had a criminal conviction, with 89.2% of them having a criminal record.
That point seems to escape many in the MSM.
ICE agents have lots of vans with seating for plenty of passengers. Jerry Brown does not want ICE agents going into the jails, so ICE is going to give him what he is asking for. Cue the Frankie Laine theme song for “Rawhide.” “Round ‘em up move ‘em out, Rawhide!”
This editorial board demonstrates their complete idiocy with this nonsense.
This degree of stupidity should embarrass them to where they’d be ashamed to show their faces anywhere in public. But of course they’re too stupid to realize even that.
New Tax reform with 10$G limit is starting tp work.
“Consistent with campaign promises, the first year of Trumps presidency saw a noticeable uptick in immigration enforcement. Unfortunately, much of it was against noncriminal undocumented immigrants.”
I’ll take “who is MS-13 for 100” Alex.
There are NO noncriminal illegal aliens.
They MUST commit crimes to remain here illegally.
Document and benefit fraud and illegal employment are the tip of the iceberg.
REP. NANCY PELOSI (D-CA): "But I do want to say to you that in our sanctuary cities, our people are not disobeying the law. These are law-abiding citizens.
And as a side note, I really wish FR's servers (not to mention Jim/family) were located in a non-communist state !
Where like the slowly sliding state of Texas where the illegals are near as numerous as California?
BTW = Build The Wall!
Had more in mind Oklahoma, or one of the Dakotas.
“....more than one in four of those arrested did not have a criminal conviction, with 10.8 percent not having any criminal record at all.
I’ll bet that includes all those illegals Gov. Brown pardoned.
Re: More than one in four of those arrested did not have a criminal conviction.
Is that language deliberately deceptive?
The absence of a “criminal conviction” can include illegal immigrants who have failed to show up for a criminal trial, which, from memory, is more than 100,000.
It would also include illegals who are gang members with no USA criminal record.
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