Is your community a “sanctuary city?” The Center for Immigration Studies, which advocates lawful immigration policies, estimates that about 300 U.S. jurisdictions — cities, counties and states — have adopted sanctuary policies.

Without getting into the argument about “breaking up families” and taking teddy bears away from “dreamers,” a sanctuary city is one which limits its cooperation with the national government’s effort to enforce immigration law. In other words, sanctuary cities gleefully, self-righteously harbor criminals.

Regardless of reasons, sanctuary cities allow local lefty elitists to flaunt the law, to stick their middle fingers in the eyes of American citizens. “Sanctuary” is a misguided, shameful effort by Saul Alinsky disciples and “One World” visionaries. It’s a fool’s goal promoted by advocates of a world without borders — a world where we are required to take the locks off our doors (locks suggest we have something to hide) and turn in our guns.

In truth, sanctuary cities are absolutely illegal and fundamentally unjust. There is no valid precedent in U.S. law and local officials who attempt to institute sanctuary city policies should forfeit their assets and go to jail. Period. The sooner the Department of Justice applies the screws to these jurisdictions and their “leaders,” the better.

Citing studies by consistently left-leaning, establishment coastal mouthpieces such as the Washington Post, Los Angeles Times and New York Times newspapers and the Center for American Progress, a “progressive public policy research and advocacy organization,” claims, “Studies that investigated the relationship between sanctuary status and crime have found that sanctuary policies either have no effect on crime or that sanctuary cities have lower crime rates and stronger economies than comparable non-sanctuary cities.” Do you believe that? Tell it to Kathryn Steinle’s family…

On July 1, 2015, Kathryn Steinle was shot and killed in San Francisco. The perpetrator, Juan Francisco Lopez-Sanchez, was an undocumented illegal alien who had already been convicted of seven felonies and deported seven times. Lopez-Sanchez had most recently been arrested for an outstanding drug warrant and served time briefly in a San Francisco jail before Immigration and Customs Enforcement asked that the city release him into its custody for deportation. Because San Francisco had taken on the Holy Crown of “sanctuary city,” it refused to prosecute Lopez-Sanchez’s drug charge and he was released rather than deported.

Social Justice Warriors overlook actual data on crimes committed by criminal aliens. The Government Accountability Office (GAO) released two reports in 2005 on criminal aliens who are in U.S. prisons for committing crimes, and issued an updated report in 2011.

GAO-05-337R: Criminal aliens make up 27 percent of all federal prisoners but are only 9 percent of America’s adult population.

GAO-05-646R: 55,322 illegal aliens had been convicted 459,614 times and had committed almost 700,000 criminal offenses: 12 percent were for violent crimes (murder, robbery, assault and sexual assault); 15 percent were for burglary, larceny, theft and property damage; 24 percent were for drug offenses; and the rest were for DUI, fraud, forgery, counterfeiting, weapons, immigration and obstruction of justice.

The 2011 follow-up census of imprisoned aliens (it didn’t include criminals not currently in prison) looked at 251,000 criminal aliens in federal, state and local prisons and jails. Those aliens had been arrested nearly 1.7 million times for 3.0 million criminal offenses. 68 percent of those in federal prison and 66 percent in state prisons were from Mexico.

The GAO reports highlight that criminal aliens from Mexico disproportionately make up incarcerations (GAO-05-337R) and that most arrests are made in the three border states of California, Texas and Arizona (GAO-05-646R and GAO-11-187).

Every crime committed by an illegal alien is one that would not have occurred if that alien wasn’t in the U.S. in the first place. If you live in a “sanctuary city,” be aware that your elected leaders, perhaps even the police, will decry any perceived injustice to an alien while you lay bleeding in the street. Carry now, carry often.

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