Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump on Wednesday said he will end the practice of some 300 cities, towns and states giving "sanctuary" to illegal criminal immigrants instead of handing them over to federal authorities for deportation...
Despite a funding cut-off threat from the Justice Department, over 300 so-called "sanctuary cities" are protecting thousands of illegal criminal immigrants from federal arrest and deportation, according to a new analysis.
The Center for Immigration Studies on Wednesday published a new interactive map identifying the cities, towns and counties that have so far protected at least 17,000 criminal illegals instead of handing them over to federal authorities. Of those, 68 percent have prior criminal records.
"Across the U.S., there are over 300 cities, counties, and states that are considered 'sanctuary cities.' These jurisdiction protect criminal aliens from deportation by refusing to comply with U.S. Immigration and Custom Enforcement detainers or otherwise impede open communication and information exchanges between their employees or officers and federal immigration agents," said the analysis from experts.
Jessica M. Vaughan, director of policy studies for the Center, said that the newest sanctuaries are in Kentucky, three near Lexington and one near Cincinnati.
Vaughan said that there were 1,591 jails and city lock-ups that ignored ICE detainers over the 19-month period.
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