Governor Jay Inslee recently signed the law making Washington a team player in the sanctuary state trifecta, also known as the left coast.

This occurred only a few weeks after a Kittitas County Sheriff was gunned down by an illegal immigrant right here in our state. The callousness of enacting this law so soon after one of our own was killed is glaringly obvious and should show the rational spectator that our politicians do not have what is best for us in mind. Becoming a sanctuary state has nothing to do with safety and everything to do with ideology– War is Peace, Ignorance is Strength, Protecting criminals makes us safer.

The truth is, these policies harm Washington state citizens and immigrant communities by keeping criminals close. Sanctuary policies prohibit local law enforcement from checking on the immigration status of those they arrest, and they cannot use their lack of citizenship to hold them until ICE comes to sort the mess out.

Contrary to what you think this law might do, it doesn’t prevent ICE from making their own immigration raids. Only now, ICE has to be less surgical about getting to their target, which can lead to problems. Normally, ICE will serve illegal aliens at key points, such as the courthouse, in order to safely take criminal aliens into custody. Sanctuary policy requires not reporting the immigration status of those arrested to ICE, which forces ICE to make their arrests in more dangerous locations and conditions.

Sanctuary policy is a policy intended to make undocumented victims or witnesses feel safe to report crimes to the police without fear of immigration repercussions. However, the side effect of the policy is that it ends up protecting criminal aliens from deportation. A better policy may be to not allow the reporting of immigration status for anyone not being tried for a crime, rather than a universal policy of non-reporting. This would achieve the sanctuary goals while also keeping criminal aliens off of our streets.

“ICE maintains that cooperation by local law enforcement is an indispensable component of promoting public safety. It’s unfortunate that current local and state laws and policies tie the hands of local law enforcement agencies that want and need to work with ICE to promote public safety by holding criminals accountable and providing justice and closure for their victims. Sanctuary policies not only provide a refuge for illegal aliens, but they also shield criminal aliens who prey on people in their own and other communities. When ICE officers and agents have to go out into the community to proactively locate these aliens, it puts personnel and potentially innocent bystanders at risk,” the agency said.

Does this new policy actually protect immigrant communities or just the ones committing crimes? Who will take the blame when ICE has to go into communities to arrest their targets? Who have the liberals been demonizing? Who will be at fault if ICE agents are put into unnecessary danger to carry out their tasks?