(NationalSentinel) The chairman of a House panel that oversees Justice Department spending has a message for the mayors and city councils of the 300-odd “sanctuary cities” that protect illegal alien criminals from being deported by federal officials: “Your money is gone.”
Rep. John Culberson, R-Texas, chairman of the appropriation subcommittee for Justice, told “Full Measure with Sharyl Attkisson” in an interview that will air Sunday, “It’s real easy, their money disappears. There’s no fight, their money is gone.”
In his interview, Culberson said he forced the Obama administration to warn the sanctuary cities last year that their funding would be cut off if they continued to refuse to comply with federal law requiring local police cooperation with identifying illegal alien criminals for deportation.
“They are in violation of federal law because federal law requires state and local jurisdictions can’t interfere in any way with sharing information about criminal illegal aliens in their custody; in any way means you must cooperate 100 percent of the time — 99 out of 100 of sharing information is not enough,” he told the news magazine program.
When asked to comment on statements by several cities that they planned to fight the Trump administration, Culberson dismissed it, saying there is no appeal process.
Asked specifically about Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s pledge to fight the executive order, Culberson said, “It’s actually his decision, it’s the local government’s decision, this is Rahm Emanuel’s decision, this is not my decision. This is very simple. If you want federal money, follow federal law.”
In addition, as reported by the Washington Examiner, Culberson explained what these cities will lose.
“These are law enforcement grants for the law enforcement of the country and state, the cost of incarcerating illegal aliens in custody, which is particularly galling that these sanctuary jurisdictions hide and protect criminal aliens in their jails from being deported, but they still have to ask for federal money for housing the criminal alien. So that money is cut off. This is also money for the COPS program that Bill Clinton created years ago,” he said.
There will be anger directed at the Trump administration over this, but it will be misplaced anger: Citizens who have been put at greater risk by living in these cities have no one to blame but their local elected officials.