Study shows taht sanctuary cities aren't less safe than any other place
By Shawn Lehn - Staff Reporter
Sanctuary cities do not lead to increases in crime when compared to cities without these policies, a Highline professor said.
President Trump's many comments on how sanctuary policies lead to increases in crime prompted a professor at Highline, Dr. Ben Gonzalez, to conduct research to see if this was actually true.
Sanctuary cities are cities or counties in the United States that limit their cooperation with federal immigration authorities by refusing most requests to detain, pursue or report undocumented people who have had contact with local law enforcement.
Dr. Gonzalez, along with his co-authors Loren Collingwood and Stephen El-Khatib from the University of California-Riverside, looked at crime rates in sanctuary and non-sanctuary cities both before and after the legislation to crack down on immigrants was passed.
They looked at crime rates between 2000 and 2014 and found no evidence that the passage of a sanctuary policy increased the crime rate in a given city when compared to non-sanctuaries.
"Trump's crack down on immigration will do nothing to solve the problem of undocumented immigration," Dr. Gonzalez said. "We need to look for a solution that includes a guest worker permit to meet labor demands, a path to citizenship for those who are here, penalties for employers who exploit undocumented workers, and border control."
Dr. Gonzalez also said, "Having people live in the shadows, scared of the police and easy targets for exploitation and victimization is not acceptable and we should strive for a commonsense solution."