A majority of likely U.S. voters are opposed to the concept of so-called “Sanctuary Cities,” according to a new survey from Rasmussen Reports, with 52 percent of the respondents saying they do not want their community to declare itself a sanctuary for illegal immigrants.
The Rasmussen results were released Friday as the controversy over sanctuary has heated up over the alleged rape of a 14-year-old Maryland girl by two older teens who are allegedly in the country illegally. One of the suspects is from Guatemala and was stopped by the Border Patrol last August in Texas. The other teen is reportedly from El Salvador, according to Fox News.
Because of the alleged rape, which has gotten national attention from Fox, Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan has told parents of children in Montgomery County that their children will be safe, Fox News said.
According to the Rasmussen survey, only 27 percent of Republicans and independents favor living in a sanctuary community. However, a plurality of Democrats (48%) favor living in such communities. Forty percent of the respondents think sanctuary communities are less safe while 35 percent think they are about the same as any other community. Only 17 percent think they are safer.
Last fall, 50 percent of people responding to a Rasmussen survey said they think the Justice Department should crack down on sanctuary cities. That was actually down 12 percent from a survey in July 2015, in which 62 percent wanted such cities to suffer the consequences. That survey came in the wake of the slaying of Kate Steinle on a San Francisco pier, allegedly by an illegal alien who had been deported previously.
According to Rasmussen, 52 percent of Americans want federal funding cut off from sanctuary cities. Among those communities are New York, Washington, D.C., Philadelphia, Chicago, San Francisco, Los Angeles and Seattle.