In his campaign, Donald Trump declared war on sanctuary cities. Sanctuary cities are cities where their government refuses to cooperate with the federal government to deport illegal aliens.
Here’s what President-elect Trump had to say on the campaign trail:
This is going to be a war because Democrats and the left in general are dependent on illegal immigration and amnesty to find the voters to keep electing them to office. Nearly every major American city in the United States has declared “sanctuary status” with reference to illegal aliens. The reason? Nearly every major American city is run by Democrats.
At the southern border today almost 600,000 illegal aliens are going to be apprehended this year. That’s far and away the highest number ever. It’s almost doubled from last year. Why? Illegals from Central America are making a last-ditch run for the border in the hopes of getting across before Donald Trump builds the wall. They know that the Obama administration might catch them, but they’ll release them and resettle them into the U.S.
As an example, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti recently announced the creation of the LA Justice Fund, a multi-million dollar fund designed to provide legal assistance to illegal aliens in Los Angeles. Similar efforts are being put in place all over the United States. Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel has drawn a line through the bloodstained streets of his city saying that Chicago will never work with the Trump administration to deport illegals.
Here’s a map of major sanctuary cities in the U.S.:
Texas GOP Representative John Culbertson has a surprise for sanctuary cities. He was able to get legislation passed that gives the president of the United States the sole authority to cut off Justice Department funds to cities that refuse to work with the federal government to deport illegals.
The battle lines are set, based on Culbertson’s legislation Donald Trump could cut off millions in funding to virtually every major city in the U.S., and the entire state of California because Democrats in Sacramento declared California to be a “sanctuary state.”
Obviously when Trump cuts off funding Democrats will go to court. Their protection of illegal aliens will certainly be upheld by the Ninth Circuit Court in California but by the time the case comes to the Supreme Court at least one Donald Trump nominee will be sitting at the bench.
There’s every reason to believe that a Trump court will uphold the president’s ability to cut off funds. And then the fun really begins.
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