Surprise: Sanctuary Cities Have Much Higher Crime Rate Than Non-Sanctuary Cities
Would would have thought it?
(WND) Surprise! Sanctuary cities do, indeed, experience higher crime rates than do non-sanctuary cities, an in-depth WND analysis of the most recent study of the question reveals.
An August 2016 study of the relationship between “sanctuary city” policies and crime rates shows that cities refusing to cooperate with federal immigration authorities consistently have significantly higher violent crimes rates than do non-sanctuary cities with similar populations and demographics, WND has found.
The study, published last fall by researchers from the University of California-Riverside and Highline College in Des Moines, Washington, is frequently cited by proponents of “sanctuary cities” who ignore or downplay one important detail – the actual crime statistics of the carefully selected cities chosen for the comparison model.
An analysis of the data by WND reveals that non-sanctuary cities comparable in population, size and demographics consistently – year over year – experience and report lower percentages of violent crime as well as lower percentages of property crimes.
There may be lots of illegal aliens who aren’t violent criminals, however, there are still lots who are. They tend to congregate in certain cities, particularly those which call themselves sanctuary cities, because they know law enforcement will be hands off.
The researchers examined 54 cities in 19 states, plus the District of Columbia – cities listed by the National Immigration Law Center that implemented sanctuary ordinances post-9/11, during or after 2002. Using city-level crime data compiled by the FBI, they assessed crime rates at the city level immediately following the implementation of a sanctuary policy.
They then matched each sanctuary city to a similarly situated non-sanctuary city – based on relevant census and political variables, creating a scenario where the two cities are as similar as possible with the exception of the sanctuary policy.
The researchers claim, in conclusion, that their study shows designating a city as a sanctuary has no statistically significant effect on crime.
Data gathered in the study, however, overwhelmingly contradict the conclusions of the authors.
Violent crime rates are, in fact, drastically higher in sanctuary cities than their non-sanctuary counterparts, as is evidenced by the chart the authors used to delineate their conclusion.
The violent crime rate in sanctuary cities, as indicated above, dramatically increased after sanctuary city policy was enacted, and even doubled in some cases. The researchers found “similar results for property crime property crime and rape.”
So, in reality, higher crime due to the presence of illegal aliens in cities which ignore their lawlessness.
The original paper is available here. It reads like a leftist position paper from MoveOn.org, The Center For American Progress, or any of the hardcore Progressive think tanks out there. Their preconceived hypothesis and expectation (page 12) is that there would be no difference between the cities. And, of course, that’s what they determined. Despite the data not bearing that conclusion.
One thing to consider, though, is that all the cities involved are heavily Democratic Party voting cities, run by Democrats, so, they are going to have higher crime rates to start with, so, it could be that it isn’t the illegals, it’s just Democrats. Food for thought.
Then there’s this
One of the mantras of the pro-sanctuary movement has been that the policies of non-enforcement and non-reporting of immigration violations to federal authorities would have the effect of fostering cooperation between police and city officials in matters of crime reporting and finding witnesses for prosecutions.
No data has ever been collected to suggest illegal immigrants are offering such cooperation in preventing and fighting crime in these jurisdictions. Concurrently, there is no study, scientific or anecdotal, to suggest illegal immigrants cooperate in fighting crime in these jurisdictions. At the same time, data shows criminal aliens being released by sanctuary jurisdictions commit more crimes when they get out than do non-aliens.
That brings a good question: can illegal aliens prove that their assertion that leaving illegal aliens alone leads to better policing?