The Center for Immigration Studies has just published a map showing all the sanctuary cities in America. It’s not a pretty picture, and the list is growing every month.
There are over 300 sanctuary cities in the United States. In addition, the legislative governments of California, Connecticut, New Mexico, and Colorado have designated their entire states as sanctuary states.
Allowing illegals to remain in a community has proven to be a significant public safety problem. These policies have resulted in the release of more than 10,000 criminal aliens that ICE was trying to deport, allowing the offenders to remain in the community and commit more crimes. Some of these illegal aliens living in sanctuary jurisdictions have committed multiple murders in the U.S.
It is amazing that cities and states can set up sanctuary ordinances and violate federal law with impunity. More shocking is that they violate the law with the tacit support of the Obama Administration.
Imagine if conservative cities wanted to ignore certain federal laws and mandates. What if a county decided that the Second Amendment gave citizens the right to purchase a gun without any background checks? Or they refused to accept the tens of thousands of asylum seekers that Obama sends to their communities? The Obama Administration would have Federal Marshals there the next morning. But how is not obeying immigration law any different?
Some Republican governors are pushing back. North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory signed new legislation prohibiting sanctuary ordinances. And Texas Governor Gregg Abbott has said he will withhold funding from any cities that become sanctuaries. Maine Governor Paul LePage has promised similar legislation in the next session.
If we get a strong conservative president in 2016, it would be nice to see the federal government withhold funds to any state that does not prohibit sanctuary ordinances. That would devastate states like California and Connecticut, whose dependence on government handouts is only growing.
Below is a list of the current sanctuary jurisdictions:
California, Connecticut, New Mexico, Colorado
CITIES AND COUNTIES
Broward County, Hernando County, Hillsborough County, Miami-Dade County, Palm Beach County, Pasco County, Pinellas County
Clayton County, Fulton County
Champaign County, Chicago, Cook County
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
Butler County, Finney County, Harvey County, Johnson County, Sedgwick County, Shawnee County
Campbell County, Franklin County, Kenton County, Scott County, Woodford County
Lafayette Parish, Orleans Parish
Baltimore City, Montgomery County, Prince George’s County
Amherst, Boston, Cambridge, Lawrence, Northhampton, Somerville
Hennepin County, Ramsey County
Douglas County, Hall County, Lancaster County, Sarpy County
Clark County, Washoe County
Middlesex County, Newark, Ocean County, Union County
Franklin County, Nassau County, New York City, Onondaga County, Rensselaer County, Saratoga County, Suffolk County, St. Lawrence County, Wayne County
South West Multiple 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, Lincoln County, Linn County, Malheur County, Marion County, Multnomah County, Polk County, Sherman County, Tillamook County, Umatilla County, Union County, Wallowa County, Wasco County, Washington County, Wheeler County, Yamhill County
Lehigh County, Philadelphia
Dallas County, Travis County
Baker County, Benton County, Chelan County, Clallam County, Cowlitz County, Franklin County Jefferson County, King County, King County, Kitsap County, Pierce County, Skagit County, Snohomish County, King County, Spokane County, Thurston County, Walla Walla County, Whatcom County, Yakima County