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In his State of the Union (SOTU) address, President Trump devoted a significant portion of time to speaking about the harms inflicted on our nation's communities through misguided "sanctuary" laws and policies that shield alien criminals from apprehension by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).
It is ironic that the justification most often used is "community safety" by instilling trust in the immigrant community, because the real consequence has been that, in tens of thousands of cases, those alien criminals are released back to the streets only to reoffend — in some cases with tragically fatal results. One of the president's guests was the brother of a victim killed by such an alien.
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During his remarks, the president endorsed a bill introduced by Sen. Thom Tillis (R-N.C.). Senate Bill 2059, the "Justice for Victims of Sanctuary Cities Act of 2019", would provide civil remedies for victims and survivors of crimes committed by alien criminals after release by state or local officers in defiance of detainers filed by ICE, or even by prohibiting or restricting provision of information requested by ICE to do its job in taking custody of an individual.
Sen. Tillis' bill is an excellent idea, but unlikely ever to become law as long as the Democrats hold a majority in either chamber of Congress or encumber the presidency, because that party has so closely allied itself to the mistaken notion that sanctuaries must be provided at any cost — including, often enough, the blood and suffering of innocent citizen and immigrant victims alike.
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Filing a civil suit against a releasing law enforcement agency that precipitates such tragedies is a course of action we at the Center advocated using somewhat different predicates, which already exist in the law, after the shocking case involving the murder of Kate Steinle at the hands of a recidivist...
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