Sanctuary cities have chosen to put the “rights” of illegal immigrants over the safety of their own citizens.
Case in point, a Maryland sheriff went on Fox News to call out a recent string of rapes and assaults in Montgomery County, MD, which happens to be a sanctuary county. “It’s really outrageous,” Sheriff Chuck Jenkins, of the neighboring Frederick County, said Monday.
Democrats are, of course, conveniently silent about the glaring atrocities.
Rash of Crimes
Democrat-run cities, counties and states that refuse to cooperate with federal law enforcement allow and encourage illegal immigrants — including violent criminals — to remain in the country by implementing sanctuary policies.
Of those policies, Sheriff Chuck Jenkins noted, “You’ll be prosecuted for the state crime but then once you’re adjudicated, once you’re released back on the streets, to potentially commit more crimes against the citizens.”
Since July, there have been seven incidents of sexual crimes committed by illegal immigrants in Montgomery County. One of those cases saw the accused released from jail despite a request from ICE to detain him.
An El Salvadoran national raped a 16-year-old at knifepoint, the 5th such incident since July.
Most recently, a previously-deported Honduran national was arrested in late August and accused of raping a 15-year-old.
Risk to Public Safety
Allowing undocumented criminals to walk free instead of deporting them creates an environment for preventable crimes.
Although many illegal immigrants are crossing the border to make a better life for themselves and their families, unvetted entry means criminals are also taking advantage of the system.
Most alarmingly, some of them are more than willing to commit serious crimes, knowing they will face few repercussions as a result.
The government’s biggest responsibility to protect the citizenry — and sanctuary policies aren’t helping.