In defiance of the country’s immigration laws, major cities across the country have dubbed themselves “Sanctuary cities,” providing a safe haven for illegal aliens where they can live without fear of deportation.
In the sanctuary cities, law enforcement’s hands are tied – they are not allowed to turn over illegal aliens to ICE, thereby shielding the illegals and preventing illegal criminals from being deported.
As part of a 10-step plan to restore the integrity of America’s immigration system, President-elect Donald Trump has vowed to block federal funding for sanctuary cities.
Since the election, many sanctuary cities around the country have remained defiant, insisting they will remain a sanctuary city.
Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel boldly stated, “I want to assure all of our families that Chicago is and will remain a sanctuary city. Chicago has been a city of immigrants since it was founded. We have always welcomed people of all faiths and backgrounds, and while the administration will change, our values and our commitment to inclusion will not.”
Other cities vowing to continue protecting the illegal aliens include New York, Los Angeles, Seattle, Philadelphia and San Francisco.
They have broken immigration laws for so long, they are not about to stop now.
Chicago Alderman Danny Solis reportedly told Politico on Sunday that “Across the country and in Chicago and Illinois, young men and women are very distraught about this.” He said he’s hoping that Paul Ryan and Reince Priebus will influence Trump to back off his vow to block federal funding.
Jessica Vaughan of the Center for Immigration Studies said in August that about 300 jurisdictions in the U.S. have been identified by ICE has having policies that are non-cooperative and obstructs immigration enforcement, as of September 2015.
“Over the 19-month period from January 1, 2014, to September 30, 2015, more than 17,000 detainers were rejected by these jurisdictions. Of these, about 11,800 detainers, or 68 percent, were issued for individuals with a prior criminal history,” Vaughan wrote.
Below is a map of sanctuary cities as shared by the Center for Immigration Studies:
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