New Wave of Anti-Sanctuary Laws
“This month, North Carolina state lawmakers voted to prohibit so-called sanctuary ordinances in cities and counties throughout the state. While a sanctuary ordinance may sound esoteric enough, the reality is much more harsh. Among the myriad consequences, under the new law many immigrants will be stripped of their identification– county, consulate or other – and left with no officially accepted documentation whatsoever. Worse, the new law may increase the wave of deportations (even for minor crimes) and prevent immigrant communities from being able to safely interact with local police,” say Lindsay Schubiner and Michael Shank, who support sanctuary laws for illegal aliens.
N.C. Legislator – Time to End Sanctuary Policies
“We’ve seen what happens when we don’t enforce our nation’s immigration laws. The tragic murder of 32-year-old Katie Steinle this summer by seven-time convicted felon Juan Francisco Lopez-Sanchez — an illegal immigrant who was deported five times — was made possible by San Francisco’s status as a ‘sanctuary city,’” says N.C. Rep Chris Mills.
“These “safe haven” ordinances prohibit local law enforcement officials from cooperating with federal authorities to enforce our national immigration laws, and provide sanctuary to illegal immigrants who commit crimes — allowing them to evade proper justice. Lopez-Sanchez even admitted to police that he came to San Francisco because he knew officials would not deport him.”
States Ready Anti-Sanctuary Bills
“States around the country are on the verge of passing laws to crack down on “sanctuary cities” that protect undocumented immigrants from being deported. The efforts are a broad response to the July death of Kathryn Steinle, the San Francisco woman shot by an undocumented immigrant who had been released from a local jail instead of handed over to federal immigration officials,” says USA Today.
340 Sanctuary Cities Around the U.S.
“Sanctuary cities are growing in the United States, leading to a spike of 340 jurisdictions that shield undocumented immigrants from federal immigration law. The Center for Immigration Studies published an interactive map showing the locations of the sanctuaries, revealing scattered pinpoints across the country. You can view that map here,” says the Daily Signal.
“Sanctuary policies vary from state to state, but they generally prevent local authorities from cooperating with federal immigration officers, allowing those localities to protect undocumented immigrants from deportation.”
Poll Shows Europeans Most Negative Toward Immigration
“Well before the flow of migrants into Europe reached crisis proportions this year, a Gallup study of attitudes toward immigration in 142 countries found people in Europe, on average, were the most negative in the world toward immigration,” Gallup says.