Study: Sanctuary Cities Do Not Boost Crime Reporting by Illegal Aliens

Study: Sanctuary Cities Do Not Boost Crime Reporting by Illegal Aliens


For decades, sanctuary city advocates have pointed to a so-called “chilling effect” where they claim local law enforcement must not cooperate with the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency to ensure that illegal aliens feel safe to report crimes. New analysis debunks the claim.

In April, when Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas announced a policy to shield criminal illegal aliens from arrest by ICE agents at courthouses, he justified the decision as necessary because “expansion of civil immigration arrests at courthouses … had a chilling effect on individuals’ willingness to come to court or work cooperatively with law enforcement.”

The Center for Immigration Studies (CIS) reviewed the Department of Justice’s National Crime Victimization Survey (NCVS) data and found that sanctuary city

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