San Francisco has long prided itself on being a “sanctuary city” that refuses to work with federal authorities to identify and deport illegal immigrants. But now city officials are arguing over how far that policy should go when some of those illegal immigrants are charged with murder and other serious crimes.
A new Rasmussen Reports national poll finds that most Americans oppose sanctuary cities and think their policies lead to an increase in crime. A solid plurality say such cities, including New York, Washington, D.C. and many others — Phoenix, among them, should lose government funding because of their sanctuary policies. [Chandler, Mesa and Tucson, AZ have also made the infamous list.]
Given consistent findings that Americans overwhelmingly support efforts to crackdown on illegal immigration, it’s not surprising that 68% of U.S. voters oppose the creation of sanctuary cities.
Among the findings: Forty-nine percent — 49% say federal and state government funds should be cut off to cities that provide sanctuary to illegal immigrants.
Fifty percent (50%) of voters say sanctuary policies that protect illegal immigrants lead to an increase in crime.