Cities throughout the United States are rolling out the red carpet for illegal immigrants despite efforts by the Trump administration to enforce immigration laws, while calling on cities and states to cooperate in detaining illegal aliens, especially those charged with violent crimes. In a study prepared by TransferWise and the pro-immigration New York Immigration Coalition, some of the biggest cities in the country have adopted so-called sanctuary policies. This means that local law enforcement will not fully comply with requests from federal immigration authorities to detain illegal aliens who may be facing deportation.

In order of precedence, the cities are: Milwaukee, Los Angeles, Boston, Seattle, Baltimore, Washington D.C., San Jose, New York, Chicago, and San Francisco. All of these cities have Democrat mayors.

It was in San Francisco that a Mexican national, who had been deported multiple times by the United States, shot and killed Kate Steinle. Steinle's killer was eventually acquitted of the shooting death. San Francisco continues to maintain that it "is and will always be a sanctuary city." The high cost of living in California has not deterred illegal immigrants from moving to the Golden State. And as of January 1, California has become even more welcoming. In October, Gov. Jerry Brown (D) signed into law that went into effect on New Year's Day that makes the entire state a safe haven for illegal immigrants who can now rest easy despite federal efforts to deport them. “These are uncertain times for undocumented Californians and their families, and this bill strikes a balance that will protect public safety, while bringing a measure of comfort to those families who are now living in fear every day,” Brown said in 2017. The new law prohibits state and local police from asking people about their immigration status and will bar immigration officials from enforcing most immigration activities. In addition, California's schools, public libraries, and health facilities are now safe spaces where people cannot be arrested if they are illegal immigrants. 

The cities listed in the study offer various inducements to illegal aliens to remain in the country. Milwaukee, for instance, offers universal preschool education and a municipal ID program for non-citizens. The city limits or refuses to honor compliance with detainer requests from the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency of the Department of Homeland Security. The study noted the benefits of Milwaukee's low cost of living. 

The study noted Los Angeles is ranked in third place for illegal aliens. "California is home to seven of the top 20 best cities for immigrants, of which LA ranked third highest (scroll down for the two Californian cities that beat it). Partially explaining this high score is the fact that California became a sanctuary state in October 2017. The legislation limits cooperation between local officials and federal immigration enforcement. Factors that might deter new arrivals to LA? Its high cost of living and poor public transit present challenges, although its minimum wage policies and universal preschool are notable advantages."

In fifth place is Washington D.C. The study declared, "The nation’s capital has a lot going for it when it comes to attracting immigrants to its community. In fact, more than one in seven residents are immigrants, of which 2 in 5 are naturalized citizens. And while 20% have less than a high school diploma, many adult immigrants go on to pursue higher education. According to the American Immigration Council, nearly three in five adult immigrants had a college degree or more education in 2015."

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