(NationalSentinel) Illegal Immigration: Officials in several large sanctuary cities around the country are vowing to fight the Trump administration’s pledge to withhold Justice Department funding as long as they refuse to enforce federal immigration laws forbidding anyone from being in the country illegally.
Officials in Los Angeles, Chicago and New York City, in particular, are sounding a defiant tone.
Responding to the latest warnings by U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions that Department of Justice funds will be withheld from sanctuary cities, Mayor Eric Garcetti said Monday he will fight efforts by the Trump administration to take away federal funding needed for law enforcement in Los Angeles.
Garcetti said that such actions would be unconstitutional, adding that the city’s policies are “designed to keep our residents safe.”
“Slashing funds for first-responders, for our port and airport, for counterterrorism, crime-fighting and community-building serves no one — not this city, not the federal government, not the American people,” he said. “We will fight to protect the safety and dignity of all Angelenos, and we will work closely with our representatives in Congress to make sure that Los Angeles does not go without federal resources that help protect millions of people every day.”
After Attorney General Jeff Sessions reiterated the federal government’s threat to block funding for so-called “sanctuary cities,” Mayor Rahm Emanuel doubled down on his own promise that Chicago will “continue to welcome” immigrants.
“I’ve always seen Chicago as a welcoming city,” Emanuel said in an interview from the Nasdaq stock exchange in New York on Monday.
“It welcomed my grandfather 100 years ago, we continue to welcome entrepreneurs, immigrants, and I would just say think of it this way: Half the new businesses in Chicago and the state of Illinois come from immigrants, nearly half,” he added. “Half the patents at the University of Illinois come from immigrants, and so we want to continue to welcome people, welcome their ideas, welcome their families to the city of Chicago, who want to build the American dream for their children and their grandchildren.”
Municipal leaders nationwide vowed to defy any crackdown on sanctuary cities after a warning from Attorney General Jeff Sessions that they could lose federal money for refusing to cooperate with immigration authorities and suggested the government would come after grand money that has already been awarded if they don’t comply.
“We are going to become this administration’s worst nightmare,” said New York City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito, who was among officials gathered in New York for a small conference that attracted officials from cities including San Francisco, Seattle, Denver, Chicago, Philadelphia and New York.
And so on.
Well, the stories about holier-than-thou immigrants – whom these elected leaders are clearly elevating over the economic and security interests of American citizens – aside, there may not be much of anything these cities can do once Sessions makes the decision to cut off their funding.
What’s incredible about all of this is that it is so easily fixed: Comply with federal immigration law. Period. And you can’t refuse to comply with the law just because you don’t care for the guy in the White House or the party in power. Doesn’t work that way, boys.
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Garcetti is especially galling. To insinuate that loss of funding for his city – which he says would put residents ‘at risk’ – is anyone’s fault but his and the L.A. city council is rich. Citizens are already at risk – from criminal aliens who exact a toll on American citizens living in L.A. and elsewhere every single year.
The cities can sue, but funding mechanisms and statutes generally favor the federal government; Uncle Sam isn’t going to make any money deal with cities and states he can’t ultimately control. The only ace in the hole that the cities have is that Barack Obama appointed Left-wing activists to the federal bench for eight years.
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