The number of jurisdictions where officials are actively ignoring federal immigration laws has risen to almost 500, and more than three dozen new cities and counties were added to the list since the year began, according to data from the Ohio Jobs & Justice Political Action Committee.
The Washington Times reported Tuesday that as more city officials anticipate deportations of illegal aliens to start taking place, the numbers of “sanctuary cities” are going up.
“More will be coming,” said Steve Salvi, founder of the organization which has been tracking the sanctuary city phenomenon for more than a decade. “A lot of communities now, there’s resolutions in the works and citizens groups encouraging city councils to pass them.”
The surge in sanctuary cities is counteracted by the fact that four such cities may soon be taken off of the list, if they aren’t already removed. According to the report, two are located in Alaska and the other two are in Dayton, Ohio, and Miami, Florida. Once the OJJ gets a final confirmation of cooperation with Homeland Security officials, those cities will be removed.
The day after President Trump issued his executive order to cut federal funding from sanctuary cities, Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez said he was giving up his city’s scofflaw behavior, calling on county jails to start working with ICE agents on deportations. Salvi said that he’s taking a wait-and-see approach with Miami.
H/T: The Washington Times
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