Mentally Ill, Drug-Addicted Homeless Plague Sanctuary Cities

(Headline Health) Leading news agencies continue to report on the intertwined epidemics of drug abuse, homelessness, and mental illness in many U.S. cities.

Yet what many of these reports fail to mention is the politically incorrect truth that many of these localities are sanctuary cities rife with illegal aliens.

As Headline Health recently reported, one in four illegal aliens in the U.S. is mentally ill.

Their unlawful presence places an undue burden on emergency services, healthcare providers, and social service agencies, which are forced divert scarce resources meant to assist local, law-abiding citizens in need.

One city now in the spotlight is Everett, Washington, located in Snohomish County.

The county is designated by the Center for Immigration Studies as a sanctuary jurisdiction where “laws, ordinances, regulations, resolutions, policies, or other practices obstruct immigration enforcement and shield criminals.”

Stories like the one below shine a needed spotlight on chronic public health issues which endanger the public at large and cost taxpayers billions. Yet the story does not make a single mention of the impact of immigrants, lawful or unlawful.

Meanwhile the website of the Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office states that the department does not honor ICE detainer requests “because doing so is a violation of the person’s rights.”

In spite of this policy asserting that illegal aliens are entitled to the rights of citizens, the sheriff’s office website asserts “Snohomish County is not a sanctuary county.”

Mentally ill, drug-addicted homeless pose challenge for city

(PHUONG LE, ASSOCIATED PRESS) This is the lesson that the working-class city of Everett has learned: It takes a community to rescue the hardcore homeless.

It takes teams of outreach workers — building relationships with men and women struggling with addiction or untreated mental illness, prodding them to get help. It takes police and other agencies, working together to provide for their needs.

Everett, hard-hit by the opioid epidemic, is trying an array of strategies to tackle homelessness, addiction, untreated mental illness and other problems on its streets.

For starters, the city put together a team that would track the 25 most costly and vulnerable cases, and hover over each one individually until he or she was in treatment or housing.

“It was when everything else seems to have failed,” said Hil Kaman, who left his job prosecuting the homeless about a year-and-a-half ago and took up the challenge of finding solutions as the city’s public health and safety director.

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Officials also are pushing new permanent supportive housing and sending social workers out with police officers.

The city of 110,000 people north of Seattle and surrounding Snohomish County saw a 65 percent jump in people living outside in the past two years — among the largest increases on the West Coast in that time.

The number of unsheltered chronically homeless — those who have been homeless for longer than a year while struggling with a serious mental illness, substance use disorder or physical disability — has grown steadily in the Everett region, more than doubling since 2015.

The opioid epidemic, poverty, lack of unskilled jobs, rising rents and a shortage of affordable housing have made it harder for those who fall into homelessness to get out. Read the full story at San Francisco Chronicle. Also of interest: Hepatitis, Heat Wave, Hellfire: California’s Public Health Triple Threat

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