Friday, October 23, 2015

Confidential Survey: Would being a ‘Sanctuary City’ influence your company’s location decision?

This survey is designed for business owners and company personnel involved in facility location or relocation decisions.

When it comes to selecting a community for your business expansion or relocation, would you consider status as a “Sanctuary City” to be an important factor in your final determination?


San Francisco has been a “sanctuary city” for 26 years. But only now have Americans become aware that the city obstructs Federal officers from arresting and deporting illegal immigrants, including those who commit crimes. Public awareness grew in July when a woman, who was walking in San Francisco with her father, died from a gunshot wound. According to CNN, the man accused of firing the shot is an illegal immigrant who had been deported five times to Mexico and had been convicted of multiple felonies. San Francisco failed to turn him over to Federal authorities, released him from jail, and the shooting followed.

U.S. Senate Votes in Favor of Illegal Felon Sanctuaries

On October 19, Democrats in the Senate killed legislation to crack down on sanctuary cities that shield felons who are illegal immigrants. RealClearPolitics reported that "The legislation would have withheld certain federal funds from cities that prohibit local law enforcement from cooperating with federal law enforcement officials on immigration cases...." Had it passed, President Obama signaled that he would veto the legislation.

San Francisco Reiterates its Pro-Illegal Immigrant Policy

Also on October 19, San Francisco's Board of Supervisors unanimously approved a motion urging the sheriff not to let Federal Immigration Customs and Enforcement (ICE) officials know when an inmate of interest is being released. Hence, San Francisco will remain a sanctuary city.

‘Sanctuary Cities’ Spread Across the U.S.

According to the Center for Immigration Studies, there are 340 state and local governmental units that are considered sanctuaries because they refuse to comply with Federal detainers or restrict providing information to Federal immigration agents. The list was provided by ICE, which the Center obtained through a Freedom of Information Act request.

The list includes cities such as Atlanta, Baltimore, Berkeley, Boston, Chicago, Milwaukee, New York, Newark and Philadelphia and counties in California such as Los Angeles, San Diego, San Mateo and Santa Clara. States with varying sanctuary policies include California, Colorado, Connecticut, New Mexico, North Dakota and Rhode Island.

An argument in favor of sanctuaries is that having local police involved in immigration enforcement could have a chilling effect on immigrant cooperation with police as they try to apprehend criminals. However, it can also be argued that such policies have the effect of legalizing lawlessness and endangering the public.

If You Are a Business Owner or Corporate Individual Involved in Location Decisions – What do You Think?

Note: Special rules are in place to protect this survey from being swamped with passionate comments from political activists on both sides of the issue trying to influence the results.

Confidentiality Is Guaranteed

If you are willing to participate in this confidential survey . . . Directions deleted because this survey is now closed.
No. 1. Within the next five years, when it comes to locating an office, factory or another facility, will you consider expanding in the current location, expanding in a new location, or relocating entirely to a new community?
  • Expand where we are now
  • Expand in a new location
  • Relocate entirely to a new community
 No. 2. In considering an existing or new location, you would normally evaluate taxes, workforce quality, cost of living and so forth. The question is: If you find that the community, county or state is a sanctuary, would you continue to consider that location or would you remove it from consideration?
  • Would continue to consider
  • Would take it out of consideration
No. 3. What is your role in selecting a location or site?
No. 4. What is your name, job title, and company email address? If possible, include a link to your LinkedIn page or a bio on your company’s website. Your company email address is needed for a one-time verification. No personal email addresses will be accepted unless accompanied by a compelling explanation. Again: Your responses will not be revealed in any fashion.
No. 5. Add commentary if you wish:
Only responses from company owners or corporate personnel involved in location decisions will be calculated. Again, none of this will be made public in any form. This is a binding commitment that I am adhering to as presented in my ironclad online Non-Disclosure Form as posted here. – Joe Vranich.

Joe Vranich is known as The Business Relocation coach while his firm is formally known as Spectrum Location Solutions. Joe helps companies find great locations in which to grow. He also is a keynote speaker on the benefits of businesses relocating out of high-tax, high-cost, over-regulated states to friendlier businesses environments. More information is available at Biography and Speaking Availability. On Twitter, Joe is known as @LocationConsultant.

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