Giving Compass' Take:

· Writing for The Heritage Foundation, Hans von Spakovsky and Greg Walsh explain how illegal immigrants with criminal records have taken advantage of sanctuary policies and committed heinous crimes after their release. 

· What can be done to prevent further crimes committed by undocumented immigrants? 

· Read more about this topic here.

When signing Washington state’s sanctuary law, Gov. Jay Inslee – now a candidate for the Democratic presidential nomination – self-righteously proclaimed that his state would “not be complicit in the Trump administration’s depraved efforts to break up hard-working immigrant and refugee families.”

What is “depraved” is Inslee’s complicity in codifying a reckless policy that has led to the murder, robbery and assault of Washington residents.

In like manner, Oregon Gov. Kate Brown, also a Democrat, is unapologetic about her state’s sanctuary policy. It also prevents local law enforcement officials from honoring U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) detainers and bars them from notifying the feds when illegal immigrants are arrested for committing local crimes.

In mid-June, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security released a list of criminal illegal immigrants who took advantage of the sanctuary policies of both states. After their jailers ignored ICE detainer requests, these immigrants committed assault, rape and murder across the Pacific Northwest, authorities said.

Take the case of Rosalio Ramos-Ramos, a Honduran with multiple prior criminal convictions who was lodged in a city jail in Washington. He was released despite an ICE detainer. He remained free until he was arrested again, this time accused of murder.

Another Honduran, Elder Carceres-Coello, had a long string of prior criminal convictions going back to 2005. Yet he, too, was also released despite an ICE detainer. He is back in jail now, charged with murder and robbery.

Read the full article about criminals taking advantage of sanctuary policies by Hans von Spakovsky and Greg Walsh at The Heritage Foundation.