Sanctuary Cities: A Threat to Public Safety: Hearing Before the Subcommittee on Immigration and Border Security of the Committee on the Judiciary, U.S. House of Representatives, One Hundred Fourteenth Congress, First Session, July 23, 2015   [open pdf - 1MB]

This is the July 23, 2015 hearing "Sanctuary Cities: A Threat to Public Safety" held before the House Committee on the Judiciary. From the opening statement of subcommittee chairman Trey Gowdy: "The definition of 'sanctuary' is a place of refuge or safety. It almost sounds utopian, a place of refuge, a place of safety. Refuge for whom? Safety for whom? For a young woman walking on a pier with her father, or for a career recidivist like Juan Francisco Lopez-Sanchez, who had a quarter century's worth of lawlessness dating all the way back to 1991. He committed local, State, and Federal crimes in at least 5 separate States. He was deported 5 times, and each time had so little regard for the law that he reentered that border that we are supposed to have functional control over. His procedural history is every bit as disturbing. In May of 2011, this defendant was convicted and sentenced to 46 months imprisonment for illegal reentry again. At the conclusion of that sentence, he was released from the Bureau of Prisons to a known sanctuary jurisdiction for the ostensible prosecution of an old drug case. And, of course, San Francisco did not prosecute that old drug case. They dismissed it, which surprises exactly no one. And then they released this defendant. They did not return him to the Bureau of Prisons or to Federal probation. They did not honor the detainer placed on him by ICE [Immigrations and Customs Enforcement]. They released someone they knew was not legally in this country and that had a criminal history dating back to the early 1990's. And we are given a litany of excuses for policies like this. We are told that we need policies like the one in San Francisco so people will cooperate with law enforcement. And I want you to consider how utterly illogical that is. We are releasing known criminals back into society so society will help us catch known criminals." Statements, Letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Jim Steinle, Scott Jones, Jessica M. Vaughan, and Richard Biehl.

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Serial No. 114-36
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