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ICE agents have been cracking down on undocumented immigrants, and now President Trump's top ICE official is calling for politicians to be jailed over sanctuary cities. Attorney General Jeff Sessions has repeatedly threatened sanctuaries, claiming they are unsafe and create locales where crimes go unpunished. But political scientists say the opposite is true. Sanctuary cities actually see lower crime rates because marginalized communities feel more comfortable approaching law enforcement. What do you think? 🤔

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Federal agents from the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) have been cracking down on undocumented individuals living in sanctuary jurisdictions. According to the New York Times:

The operation came amid an escalating conflict between these jurisdictions and the Trump administration, which has faced several legal challenges in its efforts to mandate cooperation between local law enforcement and federal immigration authorities. The arrests this week were a stinging rebuke to sanctuary cities, several of which have passed ordinances or policies preventing full cooperation with ICE.

Now the acting Immigration and Customs Enforcement Director Thomas Homan is calling on politicians to be jailed over sanctuary cities.

“We gotta take [sanctuary cities] to court, and we gotta start charging some of these politicians with crimes,” Mr Homan said. 
“If [California Governor Jerry Brown] thinks ICE is going away, we're not,” Homan said. “There's no sanctuary from federal law enforcement. As a matter of fact, we're in the process now — I'm going to significantly increase our enforcement presence in California. We're already doing it. We're going to detail additional enforcement assets to California. California better hold on tight — they're about to see a lot more special agents, a lot more deportation officers in the State of California. If the politicians in California don't want to protect their communities, then ICE will.”
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Sanctuary cities have long been a point of political contention, with critics claiming they do nothing more than provide shelter for criminals and endanger law-abiding Americans. Rich Lowry argues in the National Review that beyond being unsafe, sanctuary cities are inherently unlawful.

Through the years, the Left has created dozens upon dozens of so-called sanctuary cities devoted to frustrating federal immigration enforcement.
San Francisco has long been a sanctuary city that doesn’t honor so-called federal detainers (i.e., notices that Immigration and Customs Enforcement wants to take custody of an illegal immigrant upon release from jail). It is a policy of calculated irresponsibility meant to create a zone of lawlessness.

Lowry argues that at the very least, undocumented individuals who have gone to jail should not be allowed to remain in the United States.

The immigration debate is famously fraught. Maybe we can’t agree on building a fence. 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?
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But the data surrounding sanctuary cities paints a very different picture. Christopher Ingraham argues in The Washington Post that sanctuary cities actually make communities safer.

An analysis of FBI crime data by Tom Wong, a professor of political science at the University of California at San Diego, finds that counties designated as “sanctuary” areas by ICE typically experience significantly lower rates of all types of crime, including lower homicide rates, than comparable non-sanctuary counties.

The research indicates sanctuary cities may lead to a reduction in the crime rate because undocumented immigrants feel safer going to law enforcement without fear of deportation.

Wong says more research needs to be done to determine whether a causal effect is at work here. But he said he suspects that, by becoming a sanctuary area and refusing to involve local authorities in deportation matters, a city or county may actually make itself safer. If immigrants who came to the United States illegally fear working with police will lead to deportation, they're less likely to report crimes and assist with investigations.
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