by CABPRO Staff
A “Sanctuary City” is a city or county that enacts policies which are favorable to illegal immigrants. Sanctuary cities often mandate local laws which prevent inquiry into a person’s immigration status, unless they are a suspect of crime or have been deported in the past. Often, however, sanctuary cites lack clearly written laws harboring illegal aliens. Instead, they can be identified by their of treatment of illegal aliens. Sanctuary policies are a violation of federal law, such as the section 642(a) of the 1996 illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act, which prohibits the embedding of illegal immigrants, and the March 2005 United States Supreme Court case, Muehler v Mena, which stated that law enforcement has the right to ask about immigration status. Sanctuary city policies were originally inspired by churches who gave aid to unauthorized migrants from Central America who traveled north to the U.S. to escape civil war in the 1980s.
The following list of California cities/counties have specific “don’t ask, don’t tell” laws” or have unwritten, informal sanctuary policies practiced in the town’s treatment of illegal immigrants: Bell Gardens, City of Industry, City of Commerce, Cypress, Davis, Diamond Bar, Downey, Fresno, Lakewood, Los Angeles, Long Beach, Lynwood, Maywood, Montebello, National City, Norwalk, Oakland, Paramount, Pico Rivera, So. Gate, San Bernardino, San Diego, Santa Cruz, San Francisco, San Jose, Sonoma County, Vernon, Watsonville and Wilmington. The vast majority are in Southern California but there are a few up north here.
Sanctuary city policies defy guidelines from the 9/11 Commission Report, which called on state and local authorities to help federal agencies crack down on illegal immigration. On page 390 it stated that there is a growing role for state and local law enforcement agencies for the enforcement of immigration law. San Francisco has been a sanctuary city since 1989 and when Federal authorities raided the Eagle Bag Corporation in Oakland on April 20, 2007 and arrested 13 illegals the mayor of San Francisco, Gavin Newson, condemned the raid saying “I will not allow any of my department heads or anyone associated with this city to cooperate in any way shape or form with these raids. We are a sanctuary city, make no mistake about it.” So it appears that the actions (and inactions) of sanctuary cities allow our laws to not apply to illegal aliens. They can drive drunk, drive without a license, drive without insurance, work without papers, not pay taxes and live within the United States totally against our laws.
According to the Center for Immigration Studies, a confidential California Department of Justice study from the mid-1990’s showed then that at least 60 percent of the members of Los Angeles’ most violent gangs, with membership in the tens of thousands, were illegal aliens. Of all outstanding murder warrants in LA, 95 percent are for illegal aliens. And, according to the investigative arm of Congress, the Government Accountability Office (GAO), illegal aliens made up 27 percent of the federal prison population in 2005, totaling 49,000 and costing federal taxpayers $1.2 billion. There were also more than 220,000 illegals in state and federal prisons and jails. Analysis of the latest Census data by the Federation For American Immigration Reform (www.fairus.org) indicates that California’s illegal immigrant population is costing the state’s taxpayers more than $10.5 billion per year for education, medical care and incarceration. Isn’t California already running a multibillion dollar budget deficit at the present time? How can we continue to afford spending billions on people illegally here?
Shouldn’t those who want to immigrate into America need to knock, identify themselves, and ask permission first? They will not do so though if we can’t even ask who they are, which is prevented in sanctuary cities who violate Federal Law. Lawmakers must find a way to punish sanctuary cities that refuse to enforce immigration laws and also stop spending billions of our tax dollars on the problem. Enough is enough!