Several major U.S. cities stand to lose their federal funding if their mayors stay the present course.
Dallas, New Orleans, Los Angeles, and other large cities are being brought to task for not following federal policy.
And if they continue using taxpayer resources to actively work against regulations put into place to protect American citizens first, they could lose big.
Mayors of so-called “Sanctuary Cities” are being warned that their cities face defunding if they continue to work against the current immigration policy.
Fox News reported:
“Members of the U.S. Conference of Mayors, including the chief executives of Los Angeles, Dallas, New Orleans and more than a dozen other mayors and police chiefs from around the country will meet Wednesday with Department of Homeland Security Secretary Gen. John Kelly to hear first-hand how the Trump administration intends to enforce an order barring sanctuary policies.
While not a technical term, “sanctuary cities” are seen as communities that have refused to work with Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials after detaining illegal immigrants. By federal law, they are required to inform the feds when they have an illegal immigrant in custody, even if he or she has not been convicted of a crime.”
Monday, the Justice Department threatened to cut funding to all local and city governments that refuse to comply with federal immigration policy.
However, some mayors, like Bill de Blasio of New York City, are not taking this warning seriously.
The New York mayor called the Justice Department’s proposed consequence for not following federal law “saber rattling.”
Even worse than continuing to ignore the policies which put Americans first, and instituting their own policies which take tax-payers money to aid illegal immigrants instead, mayors like de Blasio plan to use even more resources to fire back at federal agencies that wish to bring them into line.
“If they actually act to take away our money,” de Blasio said, “We’ll see them in court.”
This isn’t just Mayor Bill de Blasio blowing smoke either.
The mayors of these so-called “Sanctuary Cities” really think being punished for breaking the law is grounds to sue the federal government.
Eric Garcetti, mayor of Los Angeles, claims taking federal funding from his city would be “unconstitutional.”
Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, former chief of staff to President Obama during his first term, joins Garcetti in these claims, also calling the denial of federal funds “unconstitutional”, and outspokenly declared Chicago will continue to welcome those who enter the country illegally.
Marty Walsh, Boston’s mayor, claimed he would shelter illegal immigrants in City Hall if that’s what it takes to keep Immigration and Customs Enforcement from doing their job, along with the support of the city’s police commissioner, William Evans.
Evans even vowed officers would not arrest illegal immigrants living in the city unless they were accused of committing “violent crimes.”
When Americans commit crimes of any nature, they are arrested.
Reserving arrests only for “violent crimes” leaves plenty of wiggle room for those in the country illegally to continue breaking the law.
Fraud, vandalism, and theft may not necessarily be violent, but they are still not excusable. Especially not when the person committing these acts isn’t even legally supposed to be in the country.
Yet still, the liberal mayors in some of the nation’s largest metropolitan areas want to use the resources provided by – and intended for – their legal citizens to protect illegal immigrants from the consequences of breaking the law.
U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions is serious about bringing these policies to an end, or at least no longer allowing them to continue with the financlial support of the federal government.
Fox News reports:
“Sessions not only warned of “withholding grants, termination of grants, and disbarment or ineligibility for future grants,” he said the Trump administration could even “claw back” money that has already been disbursed to sanctuary cities.
“I strongly urge our nation’s states and cities and counties to consider carefully the harm they are doing to their citizens by refusing to enforce our immigration laws and to rethink these policies,” [Sessions] said. “Such policies make their cities and states less safe, public safety as well as national security are at stake, and put them at the risk of losing federal dollars.””
And Ed Murray, mayor of Seattle, responded with the same defiance displayed by other “sanctuary city” mayors.
As Sessions threatens to pull DOJ grants from Welcoming Cities, we stand resolute. Trump’s immigration policy is based in bigotry not safety pic.twitter.com/i7Sra0fHNV
— Ed Murray (@MayorEdMurray) March 27, 2017