Democratic pollster Mark Penn, who served as chief strategist for Hillary Clinton‘s 2008 presidential campaign, said on Thursday that the overwhelming majority of Americans do not support sanctuary cities.
Appearing on The Hill TV, Penn asserted that 84 percent of Americans support turning illegal aliens over to federal agents.
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“I asked them ‘do you think notifying ICE [Immigration and Customs Enforcement] would in fact increase crime because it would inhibit people from reporting crimes or does it decrease crimes because it takes criminals off the street,’ and they overwhelming said ‘decrease crime,’” Penn told The Hill.
“When someone’s arrested, they expect someone will notify federal immigration authorities just as they would expect someone who violates state tax law,” the pollster said.
On Tuesday, a federal appeals court granted a request from Attorney General Jeff Sessions to temporarily narrow the scope of an injunction against the Trump administration’s attempt to withhold grants from sanctuary cities.