Please note, that the southern portion of our country are not highly represented with “sanctuary cities.” The following are some exceptions:
Palm Beach County
[Editor’s Note: According to new information provided to the Center by elected Kenton County Jailer Terry W. Carl, Kenton County complies with all ICE detainers and requests and is fully cooperative with ICE.]
[Editor’s Note: According to new information provided to the Center, Lafayette Parish now complies with all ICE detainers and requests and is fully cooperative with ICE.]
New Mexico (in addition to all counties)
Dona Ana County
Rio Arriba County
San Miguel County
Santa Fe County
Source of the above data is from 8/31/16 cis.org/Sanctuary-Cities post, “Sanctuary Cities Continue to Obstruct Enforcement, Threaten Public Safety, by Jessica Vaughan.”
As per the author, Jessica Vaughan, the Conservative rights point of view is: “Sanctuary jurisdictions remain a significant public safety problem throughout the country. About 300 jurisdictions have been identified by ICE as having a policy that is non-cooperative and obstructs immigration enforcement.”
The counter argument by Betsy Hodges, the mayor of the sanctuary city, Minneapolis is, “If police officers were to do the work of ICE it would harm our ability to keep people safe and solve crimes. Witnesses and victims of crimes won’t come forward if they think our police officers will question or detain them about their immigration status. Our ordinance has helped us solve crime and keep communities safer. If our police were doing the work of ICE, Minneapolis would be less safe for everyone, regardless of immigration status.”
.As per the Democratic vice-presidential nominee Tim Kaine, interview on CNN, Sept. 2, 2016, “When Donald Trump kind of goes after these phantom sanctuary cities and talks about how bad they are, basically what he’s going after is police chiefs. And I trust police chiefs, in terms of knowing what should be done to keep their communities safer, and police departments and mayors, a lot more than I trust Donald Trump.”
Donald Trump has begun his war against sanctuary cities by stating that he plans to withhold all federal monies to sanctuary jurisdictions which continue to act counter to current U.S. federal immigration laws.
KSTP TV of ABC News in the Minneapolis area has published this 11/13/16 post, Mpls. Mayor Responds to Trump’s Threat to Cut Funding to ‘Sanctuary Cities.’ The following is what the Mayor Betsy Hodges’ is stating for the record.
“Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges is pledging her support for the city ordinance that prohibits law enforcement officers from targeting undocumented immigrants. She’s speaking out against president-elect Donald Trump’s threat to cancel all federal funding to so-called “sanctuary cities.”
“Hodges released a statement Saturday titled (11/11/16) “Support for Immigrant Community Keeps Minneapolis Safer”:
“Our police officers will not do the work of the Federal government and ICE regarding immigration status. If police officers were to do the work of ICE it would harm our ability to keep people safe and solve crimes. Witnesses and victims of crimes won’t come forward if they think our police officers will question or detain them about their immigration status. Our ordinance has helped us solve crime and keep communities safer. If our police were doing the work of ICE, Minneapolis would be less safe for everyone, regardless of immigration status.”
“In his quest to scapegoat immigrants, Donald Trump has threatened cities’ Federal funding if we do not change this practice. I repeat: I will continue to stand by and fight for immigrants in Minneapolis regardless of President-elect Trump’s threats. I will not compromise the public safety of the people of Minneapolis to satisfy Trump’s desire to put politics before public safety. If Congress follows through on President-elect Trump’s threat to cities, they will have our hardworking officers bear the brunt of their own obstructionism. The complete failure of President-elect Trump’s allies in Congress to pass comprehensive immigration reform should not be borne by our local police officers who already have a tough job to do.
“Minneapolis is being built and strengthened by people from all over the world and I am grateful for their commitment to our city. I stand with them today and will continue to take that stand as the President-elect prepares to take office.”
“The Minneapolis Code of Ordinances, Title 2, Chapter 19 states:
“Public safety officials shall not undertake any law enforcement action for the purpose of detecting the presence of undocumented persons, or to verify immigration status, including but not limited to questioning any person or persons about their immigration status.”
Betsy Hodges is not alone in standing up to Donald Trump’s pronouncements.
NOTE: These sanctuary city officials do check the immigration status of those who fit specific ordinances like those on a terrorist watch list or those who come before the judicial system for criminal activity. For example, someone being stopped for a malfunctioning tail light would not qualify for having his/ her immigration status being questioned.
QUESTIONS: Is this declaration by Donald Trump consistent with his goal of lifting up the middle class and his gracious words, that he is president of all the peoples? Has anyone in the press checked or has even asked if all of Donald Trump’s businesses are required to use the free government service “e-verify” to confirm the immigration status of all their hires? What is being done by Donald Trump to push the U.S. congress to pass comprehensive immigration legislation?