Sanctuary cities continue to be a festering public-safety problem throughout the country with about 300 identified by ICE as having a policy that is non-cooperative and obstructs immigration enforcement, the Center for Immigration Studies reported Wednesday.
That’s about the same number since CIS’ last update in January 2016, as some new sanctuary cities have been added and a few have reversed their sanctuary policies.
CIS published a newly updated interactive map showing all 300 sanctuary cities. (See the cities listed at end of this article.) These are in addition to four whole states – California, Connecticut, New Mexico, Colorado – that remain sanctuary states.
Fifteen states have zero sanctuary cities – Alabama, North Carolina, South Carolina, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Ohio, Oklahoma, Idaho, Indiana, Utah, West Virginia, Wyoming and South Dakota.
Georgia, Maine and Wisconsin have only one each. But states such as California, Oregon, Iowa and Washington state give criminal illegals their pick of dozens of cities offering safe haven from deportation.
The GOP-controlled Congress passed on its most recent opportunity to defund federal grants to sanctuary cities when it passed the $1.1 trillion omnibus bill in December.
Over the 19-month period from Jan. 1, 2014, to Sept. 30, 2015, more than 17,000 detainers were rejected by these jurisdictions. Of these, about 11,800 detainers, or 68 percent, were issued for illegal immigrants with a criminal record.
A detainer is the primary tool used by ICE to gain custody of criminal aliens for deportation. It is a notice to another law-enforcement agency that ICE intends to take custody of an alien and includes information on the alien’s previous criminal history, immigration violations and potential threat to public safety or security.
Since the Obama administration implemented its new priority enforcement program in July 2015 restricting ICE’s use of detainers, the number of rejected detainers has declined, but the number of detainers issued has also declined, the report said, citing ICE statistics.
“So it is not clear if the new policies are a factor,” writes Jessica Vaughan, author of the new CIS report. “It is apparent that most of the sanctuary policies remain in place, raising concerns that the Priority Enforcement Program has failed as a response to the sanctuary problem, and has simply resulted in fewer criminal aliens being deported.”
The horrendous outcomes of sanctuary cities have been well documented, from the death of Kate Steinle, the 32-year-old woman shot to death by a criminal illegal alien on the pier in San Francisco last summer to the case of Francisco Chavez, who was released by a sanctuary county and then allegedly abused a 2-year-old girl.
The Department of Justice’s Inspector General recently found that some of the sanctuary jurisdictions appear to be violating federal law, and may face debarment from certain federal funding or other consequences.
The sanctuary jurisdictions are listed below. These cities, counties and states have laws, regulations, resolutions, policies or other practices that obstruct immigration enforcement and shield criminals from ICE — either by refusing to or prohibiting agencies from complying with ICE detainers, imposing unreasonable conditions on detainer acceptance, denying ICE access to interview jailed aliens, or otherwise impeding communication or information exchanges between their personnel and federal immigration officers.
States California, Connecticut, New Mexico, Colorado
Cities and Counties
Arizona South Tucson
California (in addition to all counties) Alameda County Berkley Contra Costa County Los Angeles County Los Angeles Monterey County Napa County Orange County (Sheriff and Probation Department) Riverside County Sacramento County San Bernardino County San Diego County San Francisco County San Mateo County Santa Clara County Santa Cruz County Sonoma County
Colorado (in addition to all counties) Arapahoe County Aurora Detention Center Boulder County Denver Denver County Fort Collins Garfield County Glenwood Springs Grand County Jefferson County Larimer County Mesa County Pitkin County Pueblo County Routt County San Miguel County
Connecticut Bridgeport East Haven Fairfield County Hamden Hartford County Hartford Manchester Meriden New Haven New Haven County New London County Stamford Stratford Tolland County
Florida Broward County Hernando County Hillsborough County Miami-Dade County Palm Beach County Pasco County Pinellas County
Georgia Clayton County
Illinois Champaign County Chicago Cook County Des Plaines Hanover Park Hoffman Estates Northbrook Palatine
Iowa Allamakee County Benton County Cass County Clinton County Delaware County Dubuque County Franklin County Freemont County Greene County Ida County Iowa County Jefferson County Johnson County Linn County Marion County Monona County Montgomery County Polk County Pottawattamie County Sioux County Story County Wapello County Winneshiek County
Kansas Butler County Finney County Harvey County Johnson County Sedgwick County Shawnee County
Kentucky Campbell County Franklin 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.) Scott County Woodford County
Louisiana New Orleans (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.) Orleans Parish
Maryland Baltimore City Montgomery County Prince George’s County
Massachusetts Amherst Boston Cambridge Hampden County Holyoke Lawrence Northhampton Somerville Springfield
Minnesota Bloomington Brooklyn Park Hennepin County Ramsey County
Nebraska Douglas County Hall County Lancaster County Sarpy County Nevada Clark County Washoe County
New Jersey Linden Middlesex County Newark Ocean County Plainfield Union County
New Mexico (in addition to all counties) Bernalillo County Dona Ana County Luna County Otero County Rio Arriba County San Miguel County Santa Fe County Taos County
New York Franklin County Nassau County New York City Onondaga County Rensselaer County Saratoga County Suffolk County St. Lawrence County Wayne County
North Dakota North Dakota State Penitentiary South West Multiple County Corrections Center
Oregon Baker County Clackamas County Clatsop, Oregon Coos County Crook County Curry County Deschutes County Douglas County Gilliam County Grant County Hood River County Jackson County Jefferson County Josephine County Lincoln County Linn County Malheur County Marion County Multnomah County Oregon State Correctional Institution Polk County Sherman County Springfield Police Department Tillamook County Umatilla County Union County Wallowa County Wasco County Washington County Wheeler County Yamhill County
Pennsylvania Abington Chester County Delaware County Lehigh County Montgomery County Philadelphia Philadelphia County
Rhode Island Rhode Island Department of Corrections
Texas Dallas County Travis County
Virginia Arlington Chesterfield County
Washington Baker County It’s in Oregon I’ve already added it there Benton County Chelan County Clallam County Clark County Cowlitz County Fife City Franklin County Jefferson County Issaquah Kent King County Kitsap County Lynnwood City Marysville Pierce County Puyallup Skagit County Snohomish County South Correctional Entity (SCORE) Jail, King County Spokane County Sunnyside Thurston County Walla Walla County Washington State Corrections Whatcom County Yakima County
Wisconsin Milwaukee County