Voters favor punishing sanctuary cities

Voters favor punishing sanctuary cities
Sworn in in January 2015: the San Francisco Board of Supervisors, ensuring non-compliance with federal immigration law 24/365. (Image: City and County of San Francisco, Board of Supervisors)

[Ed. – Of course they do.  The point about sanctuary cities is not whether illegals commit more felonies than the native population.  The point is that having a sanctuary city policy causes local authorities to suspend the normal practices of law enforcement for felons who happen to be illegals.  The San Francisco case demonstrated that with crystal clarity.]

Sixty-two percent (62%) of Likely U.S. Voters think the U.S. Justice Department should take legal action against cities that provide sanctuary for illegal immigrants. The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that just 26% oppose Justice Department action against sanctuary cities. Twelve percent (12%) are undecided. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

Fifty-eight percent (58%) believe the federal government should cut off funds to cities that provide sanctuary for illegal immigrants. Thirty-two percent (32%) disagree, while 10% are not sure. This marks little change from May 2011when legislation was unsuccessfully proposed in Congress to stop all federal funding for sanctuary cities.

Republicans and unaffiliated voters are much stronger supporters of both actions than Democrats are.

In addition to San Francisco, numerous major cities in the United States are now sanctuary cities including New York, Washington, D.C., Los Angeles, Miami, Denver, Chicago, Philadelphia, Houston and Detroit.

Voters told Rasmussen Reports two years ago that the best ways to stop illegal immigration are to impose strong penalties on those who hire illegal immigrants and to end federal funding for sanctuary cities that are violating immigration law.

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