Surprisingly, both Detroit and Ann Arbor have now become sanctuary cities as documented in “The Original List of Sanctuary Cities, USA” available on the Internet.
Via local resolutions, executive orders or city ordinances, sanctuary cities protect illegal aliens. Once that is done, city police departments may develop their own policies and procedures. Although the federal government is not taking action to uphold the law, Michigan must stand up and correct this.
There really are two issues. First is the violation of the law. The federal government is not upholding its own laws. Michigan does not want to follow suit.
Second, the cost to taxpayers is exorbitant. Check out the PDF titled, “The Fiscal Burden of Illegal Immigration on United States Taxpayers,” Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR); July 2010, revised February 2011. All of the specifics are given, but the over-arching statistic is that the cost to U.S. taxpayers is about $113 billion a year; and the bulk of the costs, approximately $84 billion, are absorbed by state and local governments.
Often the argument is made that illegal aliens pay taxes. The first page of this same report states, “At the state and local level, an average of less than 5 percent of the public costs … is recouped through taxes collected from illegal aliens.”
Fortunately, Rep. Dave Agema and several other state legislators recognize this problem and are addressing it through House Bill 4305, which would prohibit any sanctuary cities in Michigan. This bill is posted online and is easy to understand. Please review it; and if; you oppose sanctuary cities in this state, write to your state representative, state senator and the governor indicating your support for HB 4305 which would disallow sanctuary cities in Michigan.
— Linda Dykstra, Spring Lake