Sanctuary Cities Starting To Cave In To Demands That They Follow The Law
Several towns, cities and counties around the nation are abandoning their “sanctuary” pledges to shield illegal immigrants from federal authorities.
Dayton, Ohio, stopped a policy that restricted the city’s cooperation with immigration officials pursuing illegal immigrants arrested for misdemeanors or felony property crimes, according to the Dayton Daily News. Police Chief Richard Biehl said federal authorities will no longer be obstructed by the city when tracking down illegal aliens being held by his department.
Other communities that have dropped policies of protecting illegal alien criminals from Immigration and Customs Enforcement include Miami-Dade and Dayton, are Saratoga, N.Y., Finney County, Kan., and Bedford, Penn., according to The Center for Immigration Studies, which keeps a list of sanctuary communities.
“We are reviewing policy changes at a multitude of other jurisdictions as well,” said Marguerite Telford, CIS’s director of communications, who said the organization is “being inundated” by officials from cities on its sanctuary map who want to be taken off now that breaking the law is no longer being tolerated.
Carlos A. Gimenez, mayor of Miami-Dade County, which was considered a sanctuary county, made headlines recently when he stopped a policy that called for refusing to hold arrested immigrants for immigration officials unless the United States government committed to reimbursing the county for the cost of detention.
Telling reporters that he did not want to give-up hundreds of millions of dollars in federal funding, Mayor Carlos Gimenez reluctantly ordered jails in his county to comply with federal immigration detention requests.
The changes have come due to President Trump’s executive order giving the Department of Justice and Department of Homeland Security the power to cut federal funding to communities that are breaking federal laws and are deemed sanctuaries for criminal illegal aliens. President Trump also has ordered the DHS to publish a weekly list of sanctuary communities.
A majority of the United States’ citizens that favor strict immigration enforcement, applaud Trump’s demands that everyone obeys the laws.
“Are you really going to pick and choose what laws you’re going to enforce?” asked Telford. “If you want a change [in immigration policy], go to the legislature.”
While some communities are rethinking their unlawful sanctuary policies under the pressure of losing federal funding, some more corrupt public officials, particularly of major cities, have vowed to defy Trump’s orders and continue breaking the law.
“We’re going to defend all of our people regardless of where they come from, regardless of their immigration status,” said Mayor Bill de Blasio of New York at a recent press conference.
Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel also vowed to protect criminal illegal immigrants, including ones suspected or convicted of felonies, from the federal government.
“I want to be clear: We’re going to stay a sanctuary city,” Emanuel defiantly said. “There is no stranger among us… you are welcome in Chicago as you pursue the American dream.”
The “sanctuary” term describes cities that employ a range of uncooperation with federal immigration authorities. Some refuse to hold suspects and even convicts who have completed their sentences for the feds to deport. Others refuse to furnish the feds with information on illegal immigrants who land on their radar through more benign activity.
Ira Mehlman, spokesman for the Federation for American Immigration Reform, or FAIR, predicted many more communities will be dropping or dramatically modifying their sanctuary stances.
“We’re going to see more of this,” Mehlman told Fox News. “Faced with the possibility of losing federal dollars, they’ll choose to keep funding public services rather than protecting illegal aliens.”