Oberlin Sanctuary City Information

 Last update April 13, 2009 

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The Oberlin sanctuary resolution, was presented to the Oberlin Human Relations Commission on 11/11/08.  Besides approving the resolution 4 to 1, the commission agreed that references to the Oberlin-Wellington rescue should be removed.  The resolution, as passed, is here.  Two women from the Grassroots Rally Team gave the commission folders containing the following material.  My critiques, besides rebutting the specific articles, could be used to support Oberlin's sanctuary resolution in general.


 critique  Non-Cooperation Policies: "Sanctuary" for Illegal Immigration
 critique  The 'Dark Side' of Illegal Immigration
 critique  Hit-and-Run: Death in a 'Sanctuary City'
 critique  Study: Immigration Law Enforcement Helps Check Criminal Street Gangs
 critique  The Law Against Hiring or Harboring Illegal Aliens
 critique  Goode News: April 9, 2008
 critique  The Top Five Reasons to Oppose "Sanctuary Cities"
 critique  Family Blames Sanctuary Policy in 3 Slayings




The Oberlin City Council was not scheduled to consider the sanctuary resolution until December 15th, 2008.  That did not keep a number of outsiders from expressing their opinions against the resolution and leaving the following material at the December 1st council meeting.  Again, my critiques are included.


 critique  Remarks made by Claudia Leonard of the Grassroots Rally Team
 critique  Ebb and Flow of Immigrants Challenges School
 critique  MetroHealth Cuts Losses, but Uncompensated Care Costs Soar
 critique  Non-Cooperation Policies: "Sanctuary" for Illegal Immigration
 critique  Immigrant Guilty of Murder
 critique  Police Say Painesville Man is Florida Fugitive
 critique  Dover Widow Fights to Close Loophole for Illegal Immigrant Drivers




Date Media Details
11/12 Cleveland Plain Dealer Posted an article - some subsequent comments are quite nasty
11/13 Cleveland Plain Dealer Printed the article of 11/12
11/13 Associated Press Posted an article that was carried by many newspapers
11/13 WKSU (public radio) Aired a report - some comments included
11/14 Cleveland Plain Dealer Posted an editorial opinion against the resolution
11/14 Lorain Morning Journal Posted/printed an article with comments
11/18 Oberlin News-Tribune Printed an article and an opposing editorial
11/20 Cleveland Plain Dealer Posted a letter in favor from Oberlin Prof. Steven Volk with subsequent comments
11/20 Cleveland Plain Dealer Posted (badly) a letter against from Peggy Heidenreich of Westlake
11/25 Oberlin News-Tribune Printed editorials.
12/2 Oberlin News-Tribune Printed an editorial.




The ACLU has a good myth/fact comparison.


So does the Immigration Forum.


This summary, which includes numerous document links, shows:




The Immigration Policy Center published a report in 2007 that stated: "Data from the census and other sources show that for every ethnic group without exception, incarceration rates among young men are lowest for immigrants, even those who are the least educated.  The problem of crime in the United States is not “caused” or even aggravated by immigrants, regardless of their legal status. But the misperception that the opposite is true persists among policymakers, the media, and the general public, thereby undermining the development of reasoned public responses to both crime and immigration."


The Public Policy Institute of California concluded in a 2008 study study: "The foreign-born, who make up about 35 percent of the adult population in California, constitute only about 17 percent of the adult prison population. Thus, immigrants are underrepresented in California prisons compared to their representation in the overall population. In fact, U.S. born adult men are incarcerated at a rate over two-and-a-half times greater than that of foreign-born men."  The same authors published similar results through the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago in 2005.


Robert J. Sampson, chairman of the Harvard sociology department, reported in 2008: "New York today is a leading magnet for immigration, yet it has for a decade ranked as one of America’s safest cities. Crime in Los Angeles dropped considerably in the late 1990s (45 percent overall) as did other Hispanic influenced cities such as San Jose, Dallas, and Phoenix. The same can be said for cities smack on the border like El Paso and San Diego, which have long ranked as low crime areas. Cities of concentrated immigration are some of the safest places around."  The Boston Globe, Newsweek, and the New York Times reported his findings.  The American Journal of Public Health published Dr. Sampson's similar findings resulting from his study of the city of Chicago in 2005.  


Here is a graph and its supporting data showing that there is no correlation between illegal immigration and public safety (violent crime, property crime, traffic fatalities, and traffic injuries).  Department of Homeland Security estimates of the number of illegal immigrants are consistent with the cited data provided by the Pew Hispanic Center.


The Department of Justice has reported that, in 2006, 0.80% of the U.S. population (2,385,213 out of 300,000,000) was incarcerated, while only 0.09% of the illegal immigrant population (11,052 out of 12,000,000) was under the jurisdiction of Immigration and Customs Enforcement for criminal offences other than immigration violation.




The Center for American Progress studied myths regarding illegal immigrant healthcare and concluded: "The increase of documented and undocumented immigrants into the U.S. is not the cause of the failing health care system."


The Kaiser Family Foundation reported in 2007: "Low-income non-citizen children were less than half as likely as their citizen counterparts to have visited an emergency room in the past year."


The American Journal of Public Health reported in 2005: "Health care expenditures are substantially lower for immigrants than for US-born persons. Our study refutes the assumption that immigrants represent a disproportionate financial burden on the US health care system."




The Congressional Budget Office reported in 2007: "Tax revenues of all types generated by immigrants — both legal and unauthorized — exceed the cost of the services they use."  Data presented in the report are consistent with those findings.


The Harvard Latino Law Review and the American Bar Association both reported in 2006: "Many Americans believe that undocumented immigrants are exploiting the United States economy.  The widespread belief is that illegal aliens cost more in government services than they contribute to the economy.  This belief is demonstrably false.  Every empirical study of illegals' economic impact demonstrates the opposite: undocumenteds actually contribute more to public coffers in taxes than they cost in social services."


The Immigration Policy Center reported in 2008: "Immigrants not only pay their own way in taxes, but play a hefty role in shoring up the teetering Social Security system, and provide a fiscal windfall to U.S. taxpayers by tending to come to the United States during their prime working years—after the costs of their education and upbringing have been borne by their home countries."  Links are provided to reports on some individual states.


The Udall Center for Studies in Public Policy at the University of Arizona reported: "In 2004, the total state tax revenue attributable to immigrant workers was an estimated $2.4 billion (about $860 million for naturalized citizens plus about $1.5 billion for non-citizens). Balanced against estimated fiscal costs of $1.4 billion (for education, health care, and law enforcement), the net fiscal impact of immigrants in Arizona was positive by about $940 million."


Researchers at Florida International University reported in 2007: "Compared to those born in the U.S., recent immigrants to Florida contribute equally or more to the economy as measured by taxes paid and assistance received."




The President's Council of Economic Advisers reported in 2007: "Our review of economic research finds immigrants not only help fuel the Nation's economic growth, but also have an overall positive effect on the income of native-born workers."


The Public Policy Institute of California reported in 2007: "There is no evidence that the inflow of immigrants over the period 1960–2004 worsened the employment opportunities of natives with similar education and experience. The study finds no association between the inflow of immigrants and the out-migration of natives within the same education and age group."


A 2006 study by University of California economist Giovanni Peri found: "Because immigrant workers generally complement — rather than substitute for — native workers in terms of their education and skills, immigration tends to increase the productivity, and therefore the wages, of natives. Between 1990 and 2004, the 90 percent of native-born workers with at least a high-school diploma experienced wage gains from immigration."




At the risk of throwing a slogan into the fray, this is something we might be able to use.  A good slogan can be an important rallying point.


Biblical references dealing with proper treatment of aliens - Exodus 22:21, 23:9; Leviticus 19:10, 19:33-34, 23:22, 24:22; Deuteronomy 10:18-19, 24:14, 24:17, 24:19-21; Jeremiah 22:3; Malachi 3:5; Matthew 25:31-46; Hebrews 13:1-3.


This list of sanctuary cities from the Ohio Jobs and Justice PAC, a sanctuary opponent, is all over the internet.


This list of sanctuary cities from the National Immigration Law Center, a sanctuary supporter, is shorter but more detailed.


Anti-immigration groups are fond of reporting isolated incidents of immigrant crime to support their agenda.  Here is an example of a hate crime committed against an immigrant by American citizens.


Here is an excellent article about the misinformation spread by social commentators such as Bill O'Reilly, Lou Dobbs, and Glenn Beck.


The irrational fear and hatred of immigrants sometimes leads to their being brutalized and abused.  Read an article about this here.