The legislature has introduced two bills to make Massachusetts a sanctuary state. They claim that this will make communities safer. Nothing could be further from the truth.
Unfortunately, I know from personal experience as my son was killed by an illegal alien in San Francisco nine years ago. Along with other victims we formed Advocates for Victims of Illegal Alien Crime (aviac.us). As mentioned in the Herald’s editorial “Sanctuary cities won’t fix problems” we should not have to exist. But sanctuary cities and illegal immigration keep us very busy.
Advocates of sanctuary laws and policies say that these laws protect hard working “immigrants” who just want to improve their lives. Reality is just the opposite. Sanctuary protects illegal aliens who have committed additional crimes once coming here. If not, why is the basis of these laws to forbid law enforcement to cooperate with ICE when releasing these people from jail?
Advocates say that they need these laws so illegal aliens will report crimes yet there is not one example of anyone anywhere in the United States being deported for reporting a crime ever. Usually the individual reporting the crime is also the victim and eligible for a U-visa that will allow them to remain in the US legally. Furthermore, when reporting a crime no one is required or even asked about their immigration status.
Statistics on illegal alien crime are difficult to come by particularly by year. In fact, many municipalities (and sanctuary laws) forbid law enforcement from determining immigration status even after the individual has been arrested.
But data after the fact is available although it seriously undercounts crime numbers. The State Criminal Alien Assistance Program provides partial reimbursement to states and municipalities for the cost to incarcerate illegal aliens who have committed and been convicted of committing crimes other than illegal entry.
In 2018 the General Accounting Office released their third report analyzing those in prison or jail from 2011-2016. They determined that this group was responsible for over 33,000 murders, homicides and manslaughters and over 120,000 rapes. They further analyzed those incarcerated in California in 2016 and determined that on average this group was convicted, not committed, of six crimes each. As there were over 40,000 illegal aliens (24% of all criminals in jail in 2016) incarcerated in California in 2016 that equates to almost a quarter of a million crimes, and since the FBI reports that only 22 percent of all crimes are solved how many crimes did these people commit?
These are the people that sanctuary policy protects. These are the people who are released back into the most vulnerable communities and it is almost a certainty that they will commit additional crimes. Recidivism statistics show that 44 percent will be rearrested in their first year after release. That figure is 65 percent after two years and almost 80 percent after five years.
Far too often these people kill citizens, immigrants and even illegal aliens destroying and permanently separating their families.
President, Advocates for Victims of Illegal Alien Crime
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