Sanctuary Cities See Increase in Crime – Major American cities cope with the naïve idealism of offering refuge to illegal migrants.
Democrat-run cities have also been burdened as Texas Gov. Gregg Abbott has shipped migrants to self-proclaimed sanctuary cities. Radical activist Saul Alinsky said to make your opponents live up to their values.
Abbott is doing just that, and they are not liking the outcomes.
“Since [Biden became president], encounters with inadmissible aliens at the border have remained at more than 150,000 a month, often over 200,000. Of these, perhaps half are being released into the country, either under the charade of a ‘removal process’ under U.S. immigration law or one of President Joe Biden’s many made-up parole-a-palooza programs,” Heritage Foundation Senior Research Fellow Simon Hankinson wrote in August. “In July 2022, I predicted that some of the released illegal immigrants would ‘end up on the streets, compounding already dire problems of homelessness.’ Without a federal commitment to enforcing immigration law at the border, I argued, ‘more Bidenvilles are coming to a city near you.’”
Sanctuary City Dem Mayors Upset With Migrants
“And the idea that he would send the bus, knowing what we were potentially facing here, that’s why I called it evil,” Los Angeles Mayor Karen Bass said.
Her New York colleague, Mayor Eric Adams, was equally stark when he warned about what he was facing.
His city has seen an influx of over 100,000 asylum seekers whom the city has struggled to house.
“Let me tell you something New Yorkers, never in my life have I had a problem that I did not see an ending to — I don’t see an ending to this,” Adams said at a town hall-style gathering in Manhattan last month. “This issue will destroy New York City.”
Large cities from the nation’s capital Washington, D.C. to New York City, to Los Angeles now must cope with burgeoning homeless populations.
D.C. Strains Unver Migrant Pressure
D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser affirmed the nation’s capital was a sanctuary city in 2016 after Donald Trump’s election.
“The values, laws, and policies of Washington, DC did not change on Election Day. We celebrate our diversity and respect all DC residents no matter their immigration status. We are a sanctuary city because we know that our neighborhoods are safer and stronger when no one is afraid to call on our government for help, and when our police can focus on protecting and serving,” Bowser said in a statement on the city’s website.
Now, in the wake of Joe Biden’s open border policy and Defund the Police, the city has become overrun by an ever-visible homeless population and tent cities. Crime in fashionable areas of the city has been making life more of a challenge for its residents.
Violent crime is up by 38% compared with last year. In Adams Morgan, one of the city’s party districts, robberies are up by 95% compared with a year ago. Motor vehicle thefts have increased by 48% in the white-majority areas of Tenleytown and Georgetown.
The Washington Post reported in May that migrant-related expenses were pushing the District to the breaking point financially.
“So far, the city’s new Office of Migrant Services has spent more than $15.1 million on hotel lodging, food, and other services, according to the Department of Human Services (DHS), which oversees the agency,” The Washington Post said. “The expenses are projected to climb to $52.5 million by October amid expectations of another surge, DHS said, undermining the city’s efforts to close an estimated $1.7 billion budget gap over the next five years caused largely by the economic effects of the coronavirus pandemic.”
Sanctuary Cities Are a Problem America Must Confront Now
The idea of the sanctuary city is one that diminishes the quality of life for everyone and spreads poverty and crime around.
It’s proving to be something that sounds compassionate to liberal activists, but the reality proves it’s the opposite of compassion.
John Rossomando is a defense and counterterrorism analyst and served as Senior Analyst for Counterterrorism at The Investigative Project on Terrorism for eight years. His work has been featured in numerous publications such as The American Thinker, The National Interest, National Review Online, Daily Wire, Red Alert Politics, CNSNews.com, The Daily Caller, Human Events, Newsmax, The American Spectator, TownHall.com, and Crisis Magazine. He also served as senior managing editor of The Bulletin, a 100,000-circulation daily newspaper in Philadelphia, and received the Pennsylvania Associated Press Managing Editors first-place award for his reporting.
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