Sanctuary cities encourage immigrant communities to cooperate with law enforcement and forcing them to change their policies would strongly undermine this relationship, writes Sam Levin of the Guardian. He suggests that without guaranteed sanctuary, communities with illegal immigrants will refuse to cooperate with a police force that might deport some of their members. Already Trump’s rhetoric has caused victims of violence not to step forward and undocumented immigrants to refuse talking to government officials about investigations, argues Levin. He infers that sanctuary cities bolster the prosecution of criminals.
The fact that sanctuary cities can act beyond the law and ignore the US president enables violent criminals to roam around the country, argues Diane Diamond of Noozhawk. In her view, the law is ultimately there to maintain order and should be respected, which sanctuary cities are not doing. She highlights that criminals and murderers have been freed and permitted to stay within the United States thanks to lax deportation policy enforcement. If sanctuary cities cooperated with deportation agencies like they should, violent criminals could be sent out of the country, preventing further Americans from becoming victims.