U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions highlighted the San Diego suburb of Escondido to illustrate how jurisdictions that limit cooperation with immigration authorities jeopardize public safety. Sessions offered no evidence that “sanctuary jurisdictions” or immigrants are responsible, and Police Chief Craig Carter says there has been no crime increase.
Overall crime is down in the U.S. since its peak in the early 1990s. Rates in cities have varied. Las Vegas totals have been especially volatile, declining in the 1990s, peaking in 2007, falling until 2011 and then rising unti 2015.
Still, with 175 juvenile missing person cases opened each month, Congressional Black Caucus chairman Cedric Richmond and D.C. Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton asked A-G Jeff Sessions and FBI Director James Comey to report on whether the statistics indicate “an underlying trend.”
The data were provided by the nonprofit Gun Violence Archive, which tracks shootings and gun deaths using media reports. The Guardian reported earlier that in 2015, 26 percent of U.S. gun homicides occurred in areas with 1.5 percent of the U.S. population.