Cook County in the state of Illinois released into the United States more than 1,000 illegal aliens with criminal records in the fiscal year 2019, under its sanctuary laws.

Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officials, who are tasked with deporting criminal illegal aliens, stated that the actual figures were 1,070, based on federal data.

The county that included the City of Chicago set up sanctuary laws in 2011. Since then, the county refused to cooperate with ICE.

ICE official, Henry Lucero, released a statement that explained the danger of sanctuary policies.

“The most concerning issue about working in an area that refuses to cooperate with ICE is not only that we do not know which criminal aliens are being released from custody, but the public doesn’t know either,” said Lucero.

ICE officials cited specific instances in which Cook County ignored ICE’s request to turn over certain individuals for arrest and deportation.

One case was Rasheed Abass, a 50-year-old man from South Africa. Abass was arrested twice in 2019, one time for indecent exposure, and the second time for assault. Cook County ignored ICE’s request to arrest and detain Abass, who was then allowed back into the American community.

Another case involved a 28-year-old Nicaraguan, Kennete Acevedo Ortiz, who was arrested three times for drunk driving in 2018, and domestic violence in 2019.

Oritz hit a 42-year-old man, before assaulting 56-year-old Barbara Gaulke and her 64-year-old friend, Sandra Forscht. Oritz failed to appear in court.

ICE officials requested Cook sanctuary to turn Oritz over to ICE authorities. But their request was turned down.

The third case involved a 22-year-old citizen of Lithuania, Rokas Ablacinskas, who was detained for attempted murder and aggravated attack of a victim over 60 years old in a public place. The Cook County Jail released Ablacinskas on Sept. 17, 2019, without informing ICE. Ablacinskas is at large in the community.

According to federal statistics, every year, sanctuary counties in the United States release tens of thousands of illegal alien criminals into the community, instead of turning these aliens over to ICE.

In Los Angeles County, about 100 of these criminal illegal aliens are released into the community, with 80% of them likely to commit violent crimes, Breitbart.com reported.

ICE acting Director Timothy Robbins, testified in Congress in 2019, highlighting the risks of releasing illegal alien criminals into the community.

“What we’ve seen, and depending on the report you look at, anywhere from 40% to 80% of those who have committed crimes will reoffend,” said Robbins.

“What we’re seeing is crimes that could be preventable, the human cost who are being victimized and hurt by criminal aliens that ICE had the ability to remove from this country,” Robbins added.

Clearly, sanctuary laws aim to favor illegal aliens over the American people. The Democrats who support sanctuary policies do so by sacrificing their constituents for electoral advantage. Hence, they are not motivated to reassess and change their sanctuary policies.

Republican senators, last year, introduced legislation that would enable the families of Americans harmed by illegal aliens who have been protected by sanctuary laws to file lawsuits against the cities that have jurisdiction over the case.

If made into law, the legislation would give Angel Families a way to hold local officials responsible for compromising the safety of their community by shielding criminal illegal aliens.