Sheriffs have debunked democratic rhetoric that sanctuary cities were established because illegal immigrants are too afraid to report local crimes to police for fear of risking deportation.
The Washington Examiner spoke with National Sheriffs’ Association Executive Director Jonathan Thompson, who said he is not aware of any data proving that illegal aliens are a significant source of crime tips.
Whether they work in sanctuary cities or not, sheriffs from all over the country have been stating that there is no known evidence that police in sanctuary cities get more assistance in fighting crime from illegal immigrants. Yet this has long been the reason democratic politicians cite when defending their policies of protecting illegal immigrants from deportation via “sanctuary cities.”
Sheriff Chuck Jenkins of Frederick County, Md., testified last April before the House of Representatives about the effectiveness of immigration policies and said that the long-held theory doesn’t hold water.
“I believe the illegal alien community is smart enough to know that there are protections in place that if they are victims, not to put them into removal custody,” Jenkins told the politicians. “They can request a U-visa — basically gives them asylum from any deportation or removal.”
According to Jenkins, most jurisdictions do not actively try to identify the immigration status of a victim or a witness, “so the whole argument doesn’t really make sense.”
Long-time Sheriff Sam Page of Rockingham County, N.C., said he has not seen illegal immigrants coming forward to help with local crime. He further noted the senselessness of politicians choosing to enforce some laws and ignore others.
Sheriff Clinton Walters of upstate New York, which is a sanctuary state, observed that such claims by the left are unfounded. “They’re here illegally and they’re doing whatever, whether it’s the drug business, or work, or whatever brought them here. I don’t think they’re trying to be Good Samaritans and report crimes,” he said.
Page noted that most illegal immigrants come from countries where the police are corrupt, and they believe all law enforcement to be untrustworthy. Others are intimidated by criminals in their communities.
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