Do sanctuary cities make America unsafe? | The Tylt
Attorney General Jeff Sessions is convinced sanctuary cities make the United States unsafe. Sessions says sanctuary cities cause violence because they create a culture where crimes go unpunished and people are undeterred. Political scientists say the opposite is true. Sanctuary cities actually see lower crime rates because marginalized communities feel more comfortable with approaching law enforcement when something happens. What do you think? 🤔
Do sanctuary cities make America unsafe?
President Trump says sanctuary cities are making America unsafe, but data shows a different reality. A study found sanctuary cities are actually less violent and more productive than non-sanctuary cities. Forcing local authorities to cooperate with immigration officials casts a shadow on the relationship between a local police department and its community. Sanctuary cities are able to maintain that trust by ensuring those who come to the police will not be put at risk of deportation.
He found 35.5 fewer violent and property crimes per 10,000 people in sanctuary counties versus non-sanctuary ones—“a result that is highly statistically significant.” Counties in large metros reported an even more dramatically difference, with 65.4 fewer crimes per 10,000 people.
Other studies back up this point and show sanctuary policies have no clear effect on safety. However, politicizing immigration policy erodes public trust and makes undocumented immigrants less likely to work with law enforcement when safety is at stake.
Wong’s analysis is not the first to contradict this administration’s narrative on sanctuary cities. A previous study examined crime rates over time in these areas. Some, like San Francisco, experienced a rise in crime after the fact; others, like Baltimore, saw the opposite effect. On average, the researchers observed no “statistically significant effect” on crime after these cities enacted sanctuary-type policies.
Critics of sanctuary cities say local officials cannot pick and choose which laws they decide to comply with without consequences. Federal law mandates undocumented immigrants convicted of crimes should be removed from the United States. Refusing to follow that mandate makes the country unsafe. The federal government is able to use its funding to create incentives for states to comply with the law. It's a matter of rules and safety.
Maybe we can’t agree on a pathway to citizenship. But surely we can agree that illegal aliens who have landed in jail should be deported?
Here's how Department of Justice spokesman Devin O'Malley explained why it's important to stop sanctuary cities:
Reversing sanctuary city policies is about more than just enforcing federal immigration law by detaining criminals here illegally — it’s about reestablishing a culture of law and order, where crimes are punished and people are deterred from committing them.