Wednesday, June 8, 2011

What are "sanctuary cities?" Who believes in them? Who doesn't?


Texas Governor Rick Perry, unannounced candidate for U.S. president, announced that he plans to resurrect his proposal to crack down on cities that provide "sanctuary" to unauthorized immigrants, the so-called "sanctuary cities." Department of Homeland Security and other government officials, however, have determined that so-called "sanctuary cities" do not exist. Local police agencies regularly cooperate with Immigration and Customs Enforcement to identify and detain immigrants who commit crimes, so the Governor is looking for a solution without a problem! 

What Perry is calling "sanctuary cities" are cities that have implemented community policing policies. Those policies stop police agencies from asking community residents who haven't been arrested to prove their legal immigration status.

Refraining from asking the community's residents about their immigration status supports community policing strategies. It creates an atmosphere that makes it safe for immigrant crime victims and witnesses to report criminals to the police and help put them behind bars. These policies make it easier for the police to do their jobs and make communities safer.

If you're interested in the concept of "sanctuary cities" and want to learn more about why some regard Perry as grandstanding when he promotes their existence, read: Debunking the Myth of "Sanctuary Cities" Community Policing Policies Protect Americans, written by Lynn Tramonte. This paper responds to the claim that some cities are providing "sanctuary" to unauthorized immigrants. In it, police officials and other authorities explain why community policing policies are so critical to effective policing and to keeping American communities safe.

After all, we all want safer communities. It pays to know what's worth believing in.

1 comment:

Vicente Duque said...

Alabama Legislature wants to force decisions in Courts about Immigration. But the courts will likely find even more issues with the immigration law Alabama just passed than with Arizona's SB 1070, because it meshes with Education Rights
Forcing the Courts, the President and the U. S. Congress with Partisan State Laws :

State Legislatures are clogging courts by trying to force decisions that are clearly unconstitutional, these State Laws seem extremely Political, Partisan, even bigoted, and motivated by electoral purposes, or keeping an electorate motivated until the next election.

My impression is that if the Courts make decisions in favor of these state legislatures then they will do immense damage to the seriousness of law, to constitutional and congressional intent, to precedent, and to the Federal Government, not only to the Obama Administration but to subsequent Administrations and presidents. It would be the creation of chaos to push America to decline, decadence, decay and degeneration.

This would be the institutionalization of legislative patchwork, and of sailors having more authority than the captain of the ship, in this case the President of the USA and the U. S. Congress should be the captain.

Think Progress
Alabama Governor Signs SB-1070 On Steroids Into Law
By Andrea Nill Sanchez
June 9, 2011