Sanctuary Policies Protect Criminal Aliens


You were listening to a Podcast on the website, which is sponsored by the Law Enforcement Education Foundation. Here’s what we learned today.

It turns out that sanctuary policies not only provide a refuge for illegal immigrants, but they also shield criminal aliens.

We found about this when we looked at some research involving the State of Oregon’s sanctuary policies, which is a statewide policy designed to shield illegal immigrants from federal immigration authorities, on the grounds that they might be deportable. It turns out that Oregon has a state law that says that state resources may not be used to help the federal government in enforcing the immigration laws, absent very strict conditions, such a warrant from a federal magistrate judge ordering the detainer or detention of an illegal immigrant.

It turns out that, in 2018, a group of people, who feared that the Oregon State sanctuary law essentially endangered Oregon citizens by letting criminals out onto the street, that should be arrested and locked up. They cited to a case, for example, in August of 2018, where one, Eduardo De La Lima-Vargas, had allegedly run through a red light and killed two people, who were riding on a motorcycle. Mr. De La Lima-Vargas was allegedly drunk, when this occurred, and he was an illegal immigrant from Mexico.

Using this and many other cases, the proponents of repealing the sanctuary policies in the State of Oregon tried to have the voters vote out the policy, in November, during the mid-term elections. As it turns out, of the 1.5 million people who voted in the mid-term elections in Oregon, the majority decided that the sanctuary state law should continue, and that the State of Oregon should not, as a general rule, help out federal immigration authorities enforce immigration laws, unless there were specific criteria satisfied, including a warrant from a federal magistrate judge. Even though the advocates are repealing the 1987 sanctuary law, which is thought to have endangered the lives of Oregon citizens, alas, the policies remain and the sanctuary State of Oregon continues.

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